July 7th, 2006
Cars Races into the Theatres
Pixar's twentieth anniversary
is celebrated with the release of the movie, Cars. It features
the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Michael
Keaton, George Carlin, Larry The Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub,
Richard Petty and Cheech Marin, to name a few. We leave it to
you to match the voice to the car; that's what MAKES IT so
Lightning McQueen is a hot shot, rookie race
car. His focus in life has always been to win the Piston Cup
Championship race. He almost accomplishes this, but because of
his selfish, immature attitude, he ends up in a three-way tie.
The race-off will be in California, so McQueen slides into his
custom Mack truck and embarks on his journey for the
championship. Along the way, through a mishap, Mack loses
McQueen. The rookie can't find his way back to the interstate
and ends up on Route 66 where he runs afoul of a local
sheriff. He winds up impounded in the town of Radiator Springs
where he meets Mater, a rusty, old tow truck with a heart of
gold. The judge and town doctor, Hudson, sentence him to
repair the damage he did. Romance finds McQueen in the guise
of a Porsche named Sally. Many of the town's people, cars,
help McQueen learn the lessons in life he needs to grow up.
Doc Hudson teaches the rookie his most important lesson, what
racing is really about!
The Blonde: THIS FILM WAS LIKE
ALL THE OTHER ANIMATION FILMS, ONLY WITH CARS! I couldn't wait
to see this movie, no doubt because of Paul Newman. It was
cute how Paul even had his famous blue eyes even as a car! The
best part of this film was how sweet the characters were, and
well developed at that. You will find yourself giving into
them and forgetting that you are watching cars, and cartoon
cars to boot.
The Maven: I am always amazed that an
animated film can entertain me so well. After a few minutes, I
forget its cars and just see people. That Hudson Hornet became
Paul Newman to me (oops, I gave one away). This movie had
pleasant chemistry, was nostalgic and technically astonishing.
My heart was lost to Mater though. He stole the movie. I have
a soft spot for old, rusty tow trucks that can drive backward
as well as forward.
The Blonde: Well, there is no
doubt that backward driving is always very sexy. I thought I
was into the old thing more than you, though! Live and learn!
Mater did steal the film, you are right about that. I just
wished the end was a little bit less Disney-esque. Too sweet
and moral for me! I enjoyed how the dialogue was so detailed
and witty. It made the move more enjoyable for adults who are
bringing their little ones.
The Maven: Pixar has a
talent for conjuring imagery. Those scenes along Route 66
brought me a sense of nostalgia and I have never been on that
road. I did take a road trip from Miami to Austin, Texas when
I was a kid, so maybe it's that journey I identify with. I was
about thirteen and my older brother and sister, as well as my
parents, were with me. I remember you taking a road trip when
you were about fourteen or so. Didn't your parents have an RV?
The Blonde: Yeah. I came home early with an ulcer! I
didn't talk to my brothers after that trip as well till
about…. Oh two weeks ago! I faked tonsillitis so my parents
had to send me home early. Readers, think twice about road
trips with your kids! I say FLY!
The Maven: Ah!! Those
were the days. Can you believe our first tropical storm is
here? It's only eleven days into the hurricane season. Of
course we are in the middle of a drought, but that doesn't
mean I want a storm. Thank goodness there is no global warming
going on. The President assures us of this, so I am comforted
in that respect. How about you?
The Blonde: Now who is
ditzy? Are you on drugs? You are listening to the President
now? You are in more trouble than just a hurricane coming.
Let's hope it just fizzles out! The president, too!
The Maven: Well, I did accidentally take a double dose
of my Zoloft, for about a week. However, I am fine. I lost my
remote so my TV is stuck on the Fox News channel. It has been
two days and I have given up on finding the remote. I am
getting used to the news on Fox. Ya know, they really seem to
think George is doing a great job.
The Blonde: Whoa! I
will pick up a new remote for you. Meanwhile, TURN YOUR TV
OFF! Pull the plug, whatever it takes. The combination of too
much Zoloft and the brainwashing from Fox News has you
speaking like a republican! Next you will be telling me that
we need to stay in Iraq!
The Maven: Wow! How long have
you been able to read minds? I am impressed.
Blonde: I really did enjoy this sweet film, although, I found
it a bit too cheesy at times. It was very clever in spite of
all the cheese! I don't think it was the company’s best, but
it was adorable. I rate Cars a C+. For your snacks go ahead
and keep it simple with a bucket of popcorn with lots of
The Maven: I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. I
understand its opening weekend was the third largest of
Pixar's, behind The Incredible's and Finding Nemo. While I
think Finding Nemo was a better film, this was still pretty
good. Adults AND children will enjoy it. I rate Cars a B for
its beautiful imagery and its brilliant sense of adventure.
Let's take a road trip on Route 66!