Friday, June 23, 2006

Movie of the Week - Cars

Cars (animated)

Starring: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Paul Newman, Larry the Cableguy, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Richard Petty, Michael Keaton, Tony Shalhoub, John Ratzenberger, Michael Wallis, Paul Dooley, and Jeniffer Lewis.

Premise: Up and coming Racer Lightining McQueen was on his way to a major race when he inadvertently takes a detour and ends up having to spend time at Radiator Springs, a small town off the beaten track on its way to oblivioun. At first dismissive of the cars and life there, he slowly comes to find that there's more here than he could ever find in his racing life.

Review: This of this as "Doc Hollywood" (Michael J Fox) meets computer generated cars. If you loved the Michael J film, you should love this one just as much. While the story itself holds no surprises, it is beautifully told. All the characters are likeable and ring true. The world in which they live in, where cars and not humans are the dominant lifeform has a lot of lovely little touches. Bus = miniature BMW Bettle's with wings. The canyons around Radioator Springs are shaped like radiators. The wave done with headlights intead of arms. Very very cute! ***1/2!!! And make sure to stay through the credits and the end! Fan service during both!
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