Cars 2006 9 out of 10
244 Million Domestic and 462 Million Worldwide at the box office.
I’ll start by saying the Cars Franchise is definitely not my favorite of the Pixar films (but Pixar really doesn’t make bad films)
Lighting McQueen is a cocky flashy race car that gets lost on his way to the big race when he falls out of his transport truck and getsstuck in a little town called Radiator Springs. Lightning McQueen accidentally tears up the main road in Radiator Springs in his confusion while trying to find the main highway and is sentenced to fix the road before he can leave.
This is a Pixar movie that came out of John Lasseter’s love of Route 66 and is a tribute to that lost highway. The movie is entertaining and fun without having a villain. It is a lesson movie. At first Lightning McQueen just wants to get out of this little town–but instead he finds friendship, love and a true mentor as a part of his journey. The voice acting is great in this film with Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen and Larry the Cable Guy as Mater the Tow Truck and of course screen legend Paul Newman as Doc Hudson.
Cars 2 2010 9 out of 10
191 Million Domestic and a whopping 562 Million Worldwide.
Many Disney/Pixar fans aren’t big fans of this Cars sequel. I think a lot of people were expecting a different movie and had other better Pixar movies that they would rather have seen sequels to. Mater was just a side character in the first Cars movie — but after starring in a bunch of cartoon animated shorts called Mater’s Tall Tales he became the focus of this very different Cars movie. While Lightning McQueen is involved in a World Grand Prix race Mater gets mistaken for a spy and bumbles his way through an adventure with Finn McMissile a British Spy Car. I actually enjoyed this film a lot although part of that could be because we saw it at the El Capitan theater. This experience included an entire play area for the kids after the movie featuring slides and bungee jumping, photo ops and more. It was a memorable day and may have boosted how much I enjoyed the film. Even though I prefer Mater as a side character instead of the star… this movie was action packed spy mystery and still a lot of fun.
Cars 3 2017 8 out of 10