Cars (G)

Action/Adventure 117 June 9, 2006
By Robert Wilonsky
The latest vehicle to roll off an assembly line that has thus far kicked out nothing but spit-shined classics, Pixar's Cars answers that age-old question: What would Doc Hollywood have been like had it been populated entirely by, ya know, cars? If the promise of that premise--in which a hotshot (in this case, a hot rod) gets stranded in a small town on his way to Los Angeles and finds love among the ruins of what used to be paradise--doesn't exactly rev your engine, fret not. Cars takes a little longer than most Pixar pics to get from zero to 60, but it eventually gets you where you want to go: the promised land of impulse-purchase trinkets and happy endings. It's also director John Lasseter's most elegiac offering, an ode to the bygone days of dusty roads winding through small towns in which nothing ever happens except the crawling of time. The cars themselves are animated Hot Wheels with familiar voices (Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman) and eyes so vacant they're almost distracting. But Lasseter loves them as though they were kin, and it shows in every beautifully rendered frame. (Robert Wilonsky)
John Lasseter Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, "Larry the Cable Guy", Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Richard Petty, Michael Keaton, Tony Shalhoub, John Ratzenberger John Lasseter Darla Anderson Buena Vista

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