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Published:July 8th, 2006 09:04 EST
Disney Struck Lightening with the Movie Cars

Disney Struck Lightening with the Movie Cars

By Garrett Godwin

Talking cars became innovative when KITT debuted on Knight Rider in 1982 as the ultimate weapon against the war on crime.  Now, it is 2006 and talking cars are back-- this time on the big screen in Disney's/Pixar's Cars.  This family version of Days of Thunder features the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, and Bonnie Hunt.

Wilson is Lightning McQueen, a rising race car on the fast track to success.  Confident yet cocky and arrogant, the only road he wants to go is the road to glory, fame, and fortune.  This attitude leads his crew walking away from him, which is fine by Lightning because he said he doesn't anyone.  His main goal is to win the Piston Cup.  But one night, his road to success took a detour and McQueen is stranded in a deserted small town called Radiator Springs.

At first, he wanted to get out of town, but slowly he starts to care about the town and the resident cars, including the lovely Porsche Sally (Hunt), whom he falls in love with, and finds a mentor within Doc (Newman), a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past.  It is during his time at Radiator Springs that Lightning learns that it is okay to slow down once in a while and also learns to be a better race car.

Cars is a great movie for everyone to see if you love cars as much as I do.  Another is that like any other Disney movie, there is always a lesson to learn.  And like any other Disney movie, the movie is funny yet heartwarming and thoughtful.  Cars will take you for a ride from beginning to end.

My rating: *****