Does anyone else remember "Doc Hollywood"? It was forgettable enough according to moneymaking standards, but it actually wasn't that bad of a movie. Apparently, someone else out there thought the same thing because it turns out "Cars" shares pretty much the same premise. They just translated it into a version that children of all ages could appreciate. It wouldn't have been a bad idea to have Michael J. Fox voice one of the characters though.
Anyway, in "Cars", Lightning McQueen is a cocky young rookie who thinks his talent alone is all he needs and no one else. Forget paying his dues. He wants his props now and at anyone else's expense.
This movie had amazing animation, even by Pixar's standards. When you see the reflection of the neon lights off the moving cars, it looked more real than any other animation I've ever seen. Pixar is getting better and better with each release and they were already good to begin with.
I could tell there were a lot of inside jokes with NASCAR throughout the flick. If I were a fan of the "sport", I probably would have enjoyed it more. In spite of not being a fan, the jokes still played well and made this a legitimate crossover to adults and shorties.
As usual, Pixar finds the perfect fit for the voices to their characters. Owen Wilson gets a long overdue shot at a voice-over and proves the wait was worth it. Paul Newman's cool demeanor seeps through so much you can almost see him in Doc. And of course John Ratzenberger. In fact, the homage they pay to his voice-over abilities at the end is classic.
G insisted he wanted to see this one. He really didn't have to persuade me much because Pixar has already proven to me that their products will never disappoint. Even though it drags a little in some spots, "Cars" is still one retread worth the money.
My rating: B+