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irishjayhawk
06-05-2006, 11:16 PM
<div align="center"><img src="http://www.pixelpolarity.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/06/pixar_cars.jpg" alt="Pixar's Cars" /></div>
Pixar, recently acquired by Disney - for the better or the worse it remains to be seen - releases Cars this week. Cars follows the line of Pixar animated flicks including Toy Story, Monster's Inc, Finding Nemo and The Incredibles. So before watching this movie, it was safe to say I was quite optimistic.

In any case, my theatre got in a print of Cars for a screening on Saturday. I stayed on Friday night to watch the film. And without further ado, continue reading my review.

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Pixar's 'Cars' was greeted with animosity as the next film in the great line of Pixar animated films. Despite the seemingly boring premise, 'Cars' didn't seem too afraid to advertise. Of course, this movie didn't seem to get quite the hype or anticipation that Nemo and The Incredibles did. Perhaps it was lack of big name voices. Whatever the case, 'Cars' simply didn't have the anticipation of Pixars previous films.

Voice wise, the cast is damn good. Name wise, the cast seems lacking. Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy form the center fold of the cast. Additional voices include George Carlin, Cheech Marin, and Michael Keaton. The core cast is mostly formed by established actors, with the notable exception of Larry the Cable Guy who is on his way up. Both Nemo and The Incredibles had bigger named stars for the time period. This could be one of the main reasons behind some of the skepticism. Though the movie quickly puts those skepticisms and skeptics to bed. It was well casted and well performed. Admittedly, I was able to pick out Cheech's voice but I wasn't able to name Carlin, despite being a big fan.

Boy, was I a big fan of the animation. The animation was simply amazing at some points. I will offer one disclaimer in that it was just cars as opposed to fish or humans, like Nemo and Incredibles, respectively, but I digress. I can't say much more about the visuals without going into a mind numbingly boring paragraph, so I will leave it at: Damn. Good. Visuals. Simply Spectacular.

Now, I may get some flack here, but the plot seemed to be written more for an adult than a child. I should rephrase. The plot was written for kids but the dialogue was more suited for adults. While the kids will enjoy the animation aspect, along with the family themes, it is the adults who will respect the dialogue more. Gone are the kid oriented lines and instead replaced by the numerous themes. Hell, there are probably as many themes in this film as there are bumper stickers on the antagonists' green car in the film. Wilson and Hunt offer some good one on one scenes that the adults will relate to more so than the kids. Presumably, the kids will like Larry the Cable Guy's Mater the best, and without good reason. Laughs seemed few and far between. However, it seems this may be because of the comparison to Pixar's last two films. The credits are probably the funniest segment of the movie, and will guarantee a laugh or two.

The soundtrack was pretty good and had some songs I'm going to have to look up. Since there's not much original score, there isn't much to talk about here.

Overall, the movie works on many levels. It appeals to kids in the way kids like movies. It also is written at a level where adults will enjoy it, rather than being forced into the "I'm being dragged here." mantra. Thus, it's a very carefully balanced film that is accentuated by the cast and animation. Admittedly, however, this film is not up to par with the last two. I proclaim it the worst of the last three, but definitely not a bomb. In fact, I still maintain the position that Pixar has yet to do a bad film. Hurray for Dixar/Pixney!

<strong>Bottom-line:</strong> Go see it, especially with kids.
<strong>DVD Bottom-line:</strong> The kids will probably want to own this one, but I don't think it fits with Toy Story, Nemo and the Incredibles as a must own.
<strong>Rating:</strong> 3 <em>out of 4 stars.</em>


For what it's worth, just like my X3 review. I'd just like to point out that I usually post them on my website pixelpolarity.com - here just for a shameless plug.

Moooo
06-05-2006, 11:43 PM
Paul Newman is often overlooked, but what a badass... When I heard he was gonna be a voice I was excited, an actual driver (which he used to race professionally) along with a great actor was doing some voices.

Moooo

Edited to add. It would be sweet if they would have gotten someone like Mario Andretti to do a cameo voice. Maybe they did and I haven't heard about it, I dunno.

Demonpenz
06-05-2006, 11:47 PM
larry the cable guy was awesome in it that is for sure. GET R DONE!

Mosbonian
06-05-2006, 11:53 PM
Paul Newman is often overlooked, but what a badass... When I heard he was gonna be a voice I was excited, an actual driver (which he used to race professionally) along with a great actor was doing some voices.

Moooo

Edited to add. It would be sweet if they would have gotten someone like Mario Andretti to do a cameo voice. Maybe they did and I haven't heard about it, I dunno.

I believe Richard Petty voiced the car called "The King"...

mmaddog
*******

Moooo
06-06-2006, 12:04 AM
I believe Richard Petty voiced the car called "The King"...

mmaddog
*******

Cool. Even though I'm way more of an Andretti fan, I'll say this is neat. I think it would have been cool if at one point, some car with an Italian accent shows up for something.

But then again, how can you not like a guy who won the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and was an F1 Champion (a year, not just one race)?

Moooo

BigMeatballDave
06-06-2006, 02:31 AM
I'm taking my son to see this Sunday...

Pitt Gorilla
06-06-2006, 02:39 AM
Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy form the center fold of the cast. Additional voices include George Carlin, Cheech Marin, and Michael Keaton...

Lack of "big name" voices? Aside from LtCG, what's not to like?

Rausch
06-06-2006, 04:26 AM
****!

Disney bought it back out?

I'm done...

Psyko Tek
06-06-2006, 06:51 AM
Cool. Even though I'm way more of an Andretti fan, I'll say this is neat. I think it would have been cool if at one point, some car with an Italian accent shows up for something.

But then again, how can you not like a guy who won the Daytona 500, the Indy 500 and was an F1 Champion (a year, not just one race)?

Moooo


andrtetti does have a cameo.

irishjayhawk
06-06-2006, 08:21 AM
Yeah, I was going to add that Andretti does have a cameo.

Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt and Larry the Cable Guy form the center fold of the cast. Additional voices include George Carlin, Cheech Marin, and Michael Keaton...

Lack of "big name" voices? Aside from LtCG, what's not to like?

I was merely saying that while they are established stars, they aren't as high a caliber as say the center of the cast for Nemo or the Incredibles (for the respective time periods). If you add in the additional voices that don't speak as much, the cast becomes a bit bigger.

unlurking
06-06-2006, 08:46 AM
Georg Carlin?

Visions of Thomas the Tank Engine running through my head.

Mile High Mania
06-06-2006, 09:14 AM
I think several pro racers made cameos.

StcChief
06-06-2006, 09:32 AM
Georg Carlin?

Visions of Thomas the Tank Engine running through my head.

Visions of a wreck and the 7 words you can't say on the air coming out.

Predarat
06-06-2006, 10:09 AM
I cant wait to take my little boy! I'm sure he will love it.

stevieray
06-06-2006, 10:15 AM
Now, I may get some flack here, but the plot seemed to be written more for an adult than a child. I should rephrase. The plot was written for kids but the dialogue was more suited for adults.

This has been happening for quite some time.

mickey d commericals used to be geared towards kids, not any more.

Mile High Mania
06-06-2006, 10:30 AM
Yeah, most of these Pixar type movies are geared to make the kids and parents enjoy them.

Do you recall the scene in Madagascar on the beach when the Zebra was being chased by the Lion? The first time I heard it, it sounded like he said "Oh shiiiittt"... when if you listen, he said something like "I shhhould have had a V8". Something like that anyway.

There's lots of 'adult' humor carefully littered throughout each of these movies. I don't know if it's good or bad, but the one thing that does drive me kind of crazy is how much you hear "shut up" and stuff like that. Nothing major, but I try to keep my kids from saying that... kinda hard when the cartoons do it all the time.

Ah well.

Iowanian
06-06-2006, 11:36 AM
Georg Carlin?

Visions of Thomas the Tank Engine running through my head.

Thomas the Train....

I was in stitches all weekend, after hearing my 3year old nephew recite the names of the trains when that show came on....

Something about the way he says "Pursey".

I'm hoping this movie doesn't suck and the kids like it. I know it has the boys' attention from the adds.

unlurking
06-06-2006, 11:45 AM
Thomas the Train....

I was in stitches all weekend, after hearing my 3year old nephew recite the names of the trains when that show came on....

Something about the way he says "Pursey".

I'm hoping this movie doesn't suck and the kids like it. I know it has the boys' attention from the adds.
haha, you pursey!

irishjayhawk
06-06-2006, 11:46 AM
Yeah, most of these Pixar type movies are geared to make the kids and parents enjoy them.

Do you recall the scene in Madagascar on the beach when the Zebra was being chased by the Lion? The first time I heard it, it sounded like he said "Oh shiiiittt"... when if you listen, he said something like "I shhhould have had a V8". Something like that anyway.

There's lots of 'adult' humor carefully littered throughout each of these movies. I don't know if it's good or bad, but the one thing that does drive me kind of crazy is how much you hear "shut up" and stuff like that. Nothing major, but I try to keep my kids from saying that... kinda hard when the cartoons do it all the time.

Ah well.

Definitely agree. It's just this one is more so than Nemo or the Incredibles.

Oh and just fyi, Madagascar was Dreamworks. Just pointing it out. :P

irishjayhawk
06-06-2006, 11:47 AM
Thomas the Train....

I was in stitches all weekend, after hearing my 3year old nephew recite the names of the trains when that show came on....

Something about the way he says "Pursey".

I'm hoping this movie doesn't suck and the kids like it. I know it has the boys' attention from the adds.

I don't think the girls will get much excitement out of it, but who knows. If the kids are boys, well, let's say they'll probably love it.

I was unaware that Carlin did Thomas the Tank engine voices....

hypersensitiveZO6
06-06-2006, 11:48 AM
My son is 11. Would he like it?

irishjayhawk
06-06-2006, 01:10 PM
My son is 11. Would he like it?

I would surely think so.

HC_Chief
06-06-2006, 01:19 PM
Thomas the Train....

I was in stitches all weekend, after hearing my 3year old nephew recite the names of the trains when that show came on....

Something about the way he says "Pursey".

I'm hoping this movie doesn't suck and the kids like it. I know it has the boys' attention from the adds.

hehe
my 3yr old LOVES that show. The kid has an unbelievable collection of those damned trains... and tracks... and a Thomas tent... and clothing... etc.

What freaks me out is how he knows all of the damn trains! We go to a store and he knows each and every obscure train by sight. Thomas, Percy, Lady, Diesel 10 (his favorite), Gordon, Edward; I can see knowing them, but he knows all of the ancillary character trains as well. Nutty kid. :D

Cracks me up hearing George Carlin narrating TtTE programs. He is actually very good at it too... IMO the best narrator of the series. Alec Baldwin also does a good job, as does Ringo Starr. The guy with the NY/NE accent gets on my nerves... that accent is so g'damned annoying.

I wish I could take the kids to see Cars... they're simply too needy right now (ages 3 & 1). That's more stress than I need right now; besides, it's not fair to the other people in attendance ;) We most certainly will purchase the DVD when it is released! We own every Pixar film.... their work is exceptional.

KCTitus
06-06-2006, 01:23 PM
Im taking the kids to see it this weekend, my youngest reminds me everytime the commecial comes on.

Speaking of Thomas the Train...that stuff aint cheap. My oldest boy loved that stuff years ago and we got him some of those tracks/cars for Christmas, they were pretty proud of that brand.

CoMoChief
06-06-2006, 01:23 PM
I'm probably gonna get reamed for this, but Larry the Cable Guy IMO is retarded and couldnt make me laugh if he got me high and had some puppies lick my feet while I was listening to him. IMO Ron White is the funniest of that bunch, even though were not talking about Blue Collar.

HC_Chief
06-06-2006, 01:31 PM
Speaking of Thomas the Train...that stuff aint cheap. My oldest boy loved that stuff years ago and we got him some of those tracks/cars for Christmas, they were pretty proud of that brand.

No kidding!

The little 3.5" wooden trains run $15-$20 <i>each</i>. The track sets for those range from $5-10 for the simple connector sets, to well over $100 for the complete sets.

The die-cast trains are a bit less expensive ($10-$12), but still pricey.

The big plastic trains are actually the cheapest... ranging from $4-$8.

Yes, I know way too much about TtTE toys. Gee, wonder why? :D

The DVDs are $15-$20 each; but we recently stopped purchasing those: the library has a very good selection! :)

One of the coolest TtTE toys my son has = a foldable Thomas tent. He adores that thing... drags it all over the house.

Iowanian
06-06-2006, 02:35 PM
Thats funny and sounds familiar...The PUrSY taht dropped out of the detailed list as they were shown(not to forget coal car et al)....

He's got a bucket of trains too....my brother used the "poopoo train" to bribe him in potty training...Take a dump in the toidy...get a train. I think thats the thing, until the kid figures out the game, and tries dropping 30 different raisins a day and expecting to collect.


hehe
my 3yr old LOVES that show. The kid has an unbelievable collection of those damned trains... and tracks... and a Thomas tent... and clothing... etc.

What freaks me out is how he knows all of the damn trains! We go to a store and he knows each and every obscure train by sight. Thomas, Percy, Lady, Diesel 10 (his favorite), Gordon, Edward; I can see knowing them, but he knows all of the ancillary character trains as well. Nutty kid. :D
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Ultra Peanut
06-09-2006, 12:05 AM
Larry the Cable GuyThis is why I cannot, and will not, watch it.

The Incredibles? One of my favorite movies.
Finding Nemo? Amazing.
The rest of the Pixar library? Similarly impressive.

But a movie about cars, featuring Larry the Cable Guy? Sorry, I'm out.

Ultra Peanut
06-09-2006, 12:07 AM
I'm probably gonna get reamed for this, but Larry the Cable Guy IMO is retarded and couldnt make me laugh if he got me high and had some puppies lick my feet while I was listening to him. IMO Ron White is the funniest of that bunch, even though were not talking about Blue Collar.Ron White is a very funny man.

Shame the rest of them suck so much, and sully him a little by association. At least he was smart enough to avoid Blue Collar TV.

Demonpenz
06-09-2006, 12:10 AM
Larry the cable guy is actually really good in it. It is the kind of the same good when ellen was in nemo. Ellen obvouisly sucks, but hey she is funny in nemo.

sd4chiefs
02-21-2014, 07:56 PM
I hate these Cars movies. Cars, Cars 2, Planes, and now Planes 2. Somebody please make it stop. :deevee:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8dneO2-Xcs

kysirsoze
02-21-2014, 08:03 PM
Just an EPIC bump.

Big Smoke
02-21-2014, 08:20 PM
Ok then.

alpha_omega
02-21-2014, 08:22 PM
Make it stop???? Uhhhh.... you can always quit watching.

Deberg_1990
02-21-2014, 08:35 PM
Solid flick. Even Cars 2 has grown on me. Overlooked spy movie spoof.
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Just Passin' By
02-21-2014, 11:05 PM
Just an EPIC bump.

He was Brave to bump this with the new rules in place.

Simply Red
02-22-2014, 12:23 AM
larry the cable guy was awesome in it that is for sure. GET R DONE!

he needs to die at this point.

sd4chiefs
02-22-2014, 08:32 AM
He was Brave to bump this with the new rules in place.

I should have not bump this thread but it just pisses me off that Pixar has gone from making the best animated movies ever to making 90 commercials to sell their toys.

loochy
02-22-2014, 09:02 AM
This movie obviously pushes a homosexual liberal agenda of weed and anti religion

Just Passin' By
02-22-2014, 09:05 AM
This movie obviously pushes a homosexual liberal agenda of weed and anti religion

The main characters obviously get high.

loochy
02-22-2014, 10:30 AM
The main characters obviously get high.

they want to take our guns and let illegal immigrants with dark skin run the country