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Disney Talk – Inside the World of ‘Cars’

June 2, 2006

by Blake

Originally posted June 2, 2006.
In the lastest Disney/Pixar film Cars, a hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) gets tied in a nail-biting race against two competitors (Michael Keaton and Richard Petty). To get to the tiebreaker race in California, Lightning has to travel Route 66, where he ventures from his driver (John Ratzenberger) and gets strangded in the sleepy small town of Radiator Springs.

While there, Lightning learns that there is more to life than winning. He also meets some new friends along the way. Let’s meet the characters from Cars!
Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) is a country boy with a big heart and the only tow truck of Radiator Springs. He runs Tow-Mater Towing Service & Salvage. Although Mater is a little rusty, he is the best backwards driver in Carburetor County. Seeing the bright side of any situation, Mater is the first to reach out and lend a hand to Lightning McQueen, who Mater claims his best friend. Mater’s dream is to one day fly in a helicopter and also enjoys “tractor tipping.”

Sally (Bonnie Hunt) is a 2002 Porsche 911 from California who grew tired of the big city and started fresh and new in Radiator Springs. Her job in the town is to run the local hotel, the Cozy Cone, which she owns. Sally’s nickname for Lightning McQueen is “stickers.”

Doc (Paul Newman) is the doctor and judge of Radiator Springs. Slow and gentle, Doc fears that Lightning’s arrival in Radiator Springs will ruin the town’s citizens, and wants McQueen out as soon as possible.

Sarge (Paul Dooley) is a World War II veteran and owns Sarge’s Surplus Hut. His lawn is kept nice and clean cut, unlike his neigbor, Fillmore, who likes to keep his lawn uncut. Sarge can’t stand Fillmore’s antics and claims him to be a hippie.

Fillmore (George Cariln) is a 1960 Volkswagon bus and Radiator Springs’ local hippie. He owns an organic fuel shop and believes in world peace. His laid-back personality and preference of music drives his neighbor, Sarge, crazy.

Luigi (Tony Shaloub) is a 1959 Fiat 500 and owner of the local tire shop, Luigi’s Casa Della Tires. An excitable Italian race fan, Luigi is thrilled to meet racecar star Lightning McQueen.

Ramone (Cheech Marin) is a native of Radiator Springs and owner of Ramone’s House of Body Art (paint jobs for cars). He is married to Flo, owner of Flo’s V8 Cafe (the gas station). Ramone is all about the latest fasions, style, and what’s “in.”

Flo (Jenifer Lewis) is a 1950’s veteran and owns Flo’s V8 Cafe in Radiator Springs. She likes her husband Ramone for his hip, cool, new paint jobs he does on himself.

Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton) is racecar #86 and is tied with Lightning McQueen and the King for the Piston Cup. Chick tends to brag and doesn’t mind to rub it in Lightning’s, or any body else’s, face when he arrives first to the big race in California.

The King (Richard Petty) is racecar #43 and a racing legend. He has won more Piston Cups than any other car and values hard work and sticking together as a team. He is sponsored by Dinoco, the oil of champions.

Last but not least (in his opinion) is Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), the conceited racecar who gets lost in Radiator Springs. He is racecar #95 and is sponsored by Rust-eze Mediacted Bumper Ointment. Lightning considers his silver lightning bolt his lucky sticker and enjoys saying his catchphrase, “Ka-chow!”

Cars is in theaters June 9, 2006 and is rated G. Soundtrack available on June 6, 2006.

by Blake, originally posted June 2, 2006. All images (C) Disney/Pixar