A hot-shot race-car named Lightning McQueen gets waylaid in Radiator Springs, where he finds the true meaning of friendship and family.

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While traveling to California for the dispute of the final race of the Piston Cup against The King and Chick Hicks, the famous Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. Lightning McQueen has to work hard and finds friendship and love in the simple locals, changing its values during his stay in the small town and becoming a true winner. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Budget:

$120,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$60,119,509 (USA) (9 June 2006)

Gross:

$244,052,771 (USA) (13 October 2006)
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Designs of the cars:
  • Chick Hicks is based on a 1978 Buick Grand National NASCAR racer.


  • The King is a 1970 Plymouth Superbird, one of Richard "The King" Petty's most famous rides. The Superbird was created to get him back into a Plymouth for the 1970 racing season and Petty himself provides the voice. The King's paint scheme is exactly as King Richard's was in the 1970 NASCAR season.


  • Mrs. "The King" is a 1974 Chrysler Town and Country station wagon, modeled after the car in which the Pettys drove themselves and their children to the races during the 1970s.


  • Mack is based on a Mack Superliner semi-truck. The character of Mack was originally going to be a Peterbilt, but was changed because John Ratzenberger's father drove a Mack in Chicago. This is referenced during the scene where Lightning exits onto Route 66 trying to catch up to Mack: the battery truck he mistakenly follows says "I ain't no Mack, I'm a Peterbilt!"


  • Mia and Tia are modeled after the first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.


  • Dusty Rust-Eze is a 1960s Dodge A100 van, his brother Rusty is a 1963 Dodge Dart.


  • The cars that run a sleepy Mac off the road and are later caught speeding are collectively called the Delinquent Road Hazards. Each parodies a different modification style. "Wingo," a 1994 Mitsubishi Eclipse GSX, exemplifies flashy non-performance additions often called "ricing". "Boost," a 1996 Nissan 240/200SX S14A, is a nitrous oxide street racer. "DJ," a 2004 Scion xB, is a mobile audio platform. "Snot Rod," a 1970 Dodge Challenger R/T, is a classic supercharged muscle car (the graphics and grille badge are changed to S/R in the film).


  • Sheriff is a 1949 Mercury Club Coupe.


  • Doc is a 1951 Hudson Hornet two-door coupe.


  • Fillmore is a late-1960s Volkswagen Type 2, otherwise known as the Transporter, or "Microbus." It was a very popular vehicle among hippies in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and even made its way into popular culture. It is heavily referenced in the Arlo Guthrie song "Alice's Restaurant Massacree."


  • Sarge is a 1940s Willys MB "Jeep"


  • Ramone is a 1959 Chevrolet Impala, a very popular car with the low riders.


  • Luigi is a 1959 Fiat 500.


  • Mater is a 1955 Chevrolet Stepside tow truck.


  • Sally is a 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera (Type 996).


  • Flo isn't based on any single car but shares elements of the 1951 Buick LeSabre, the 1951 Buick XP-300, and the 1957 Chrysler Dart - all actual show cars. Her appearance closely resembles Al's vehicle in Toy Story 2 (1999).


  • In the montage after McQueen goes missing, Jay Limo is a third-generation Lincoln Town Car, Sven (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a Hummer H1, Junior (Dale Earnhardt Jr) is based on a Chevrolet Monte Carlo SS NASCAR racer, as driven by Earnhardt between 1999 and 2007.


  • The car used for Mario Andretti's cameo is the Holman-Moody Ford Fairlane Andretti drove to victory in the 1967 Daytona 500, a race in which Richard Petty was one of the favorites to win. Petty dropped out of the race due to a blown engine.


  • Michael Schumacher is a Ferrari F430.


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Goofs

After Mater tips two tractors, McQueen attempts to follow suit. When the camera pulls back to show all of the tractors tipping, the two Mater tipped initially are nowhere to be seen. Mater has not moved appreciably, so the tractors he tipped should have been on-screen right next to him. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Lightning McQueen: Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. Breakfast? Maybe I should have had breakfast? Brekkie could be good for me. No, no, no, focus. Speed. Faster than fast, quicker than quick. I am Lightning.
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Text reading "Celebrating 20 Years" is attached to the opening Pixar logo. See more »

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Spin-off Mater's Tall Tales (2008) See more »

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Rollin' in the Rearview
Written and Produced by Bruno Coon
Performed by Jabu
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well done
27 May 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Caught the world premiere at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Charlotte-- we're not race fans ourselves by any means, but you really don't have to be to get on the road with this one. We were privvy to a couple inside jokes, living amongst the racing atmosphere that IS Charlotte, but even if we hadn't gotten that extra little chuckle, there's definitely plenty to find. Not just for kids. Kids will like the cute characters, and bright colors, adults will like it simply because it's just plain entertaining without having to dumb down to appeal to kids. You'll find yourself wanting to find the next twisty backroad to get to your next destination. Watch for all kids of cameo's, and it's too bad IMDb doesn't include a picture of the animated character as well-- it's not always easy to remember what the names are once you get home. Owen's good, Newman is classic, if a little flat (I applaud him for just plain staying active and leaving his house!), but it's really Larry the Cable Guy's movie-- newfound appreciation for that one-- and "tow-mater" is a multi-layered pun. Not only on the fact that he's a tow truck, but also his "they call me tater salad" bit-- Overall, highly entertaining, just try not to speed too much on the way home....


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