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Theatrical Release: 26 May 2006
DVD Release: 7 November 2006

A digitally animated movie from Pixar about a race car racing in a series called the Piston Cup. On his way to a race, he ends up stuck in a town called Radiator Springs.


History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Automotive Industries page on 1 May 2018, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Cars is a 2006 American computer-animated comedy-adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Directed and co-written by John Lasseter, it is Pixar's final independently-produced motion picture before its purchase by Disney in May 2006. Set in a world populated entirely by anthropomorphic cars and other vehicles, the film stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Paul Newman (in his final acting role), Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, Cheech Marin, Michael Wallis, George Carlin, Paul Dooley, Jenifer Lewis, Guido Quaroni, Michael Keaton, Katherine Helmond and John Ratzenberger. Race car drivers Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Mario Andretti, Michael Schumacher and car enthusiast Jay Leno (as "Jay Limo") voice themselves.

Cars premiered on May 26, 2006 at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, North Carolina, and was theatrically released on June 9, 2006 to mostly positive reviews from critics. It was nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Animated Feature, and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film. The film was released on DVD on November 7, 2006 and on Blu-ray in 2007. The film was accompanied by the short One Man Band for its theatrical and home media releases. Merchandise based on the film (including scale models of several of the cars) broke records for retail sales of merchandise based on a Disney/Pixar film, bringing an estimated $10 billion for 5 years after the film's release. The film was dedicated to Joe Ranft, who died in a car accident during the film's production.

A sequel, titled Cars 2, was released on June 24, 2011, and a spin-off film titled Planes, produced by DisneyToon Studios, was released on August 9, 2013, which was followed by its own sequel, Planes: Fire & Rescue, released on July 18, 2014. A series of short animated films titled Cars Toons debuted in 2008 on Disney Channel and Disney XD. A second sequel, Cars 3, was released on June 16, 2017.


Multimedia

DateMedia or Collection Name & DetailsFiles
10 June 2006'Cars' Pushes Limits of Computer Animation
Alan Silverman for Voice of America News

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Die Cast Cars

TypeBrandItem NumberSeriesNameScaleColorNotes
Die CastMattelSmall


Merchandise

Type & Item #NameDetails
Die Cast - Cars L5258-0910KingCars Supercharged, small scale, Light Blue #43 Dinoco
Die Cast - Cars L4153-0911G1Mario AndrettiThe World of Cars, small scale, Teal & Dark Yellow #11 "Mario"1964 Ford Fairlane


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
10 June 2006'Cars' Pushes Limits of Computer Animation Alan Silverman
November 16, 2006Cars (The Movie)Bill Crittenden


Photographs

2012 Pinewood Derby Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby: Blackhawk Council Pack 367 (Woodstock, Illinois)
Photo by Bill Crittenden
View photo of Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby Car - 3.7MB
2012 Pinewood Derby Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby: Blackhawk Council Pack 367 (Woodstock, Illinois)
Photo by Bill Crittenden
View photo of Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby Car - 4.0MB
2012 Pinewood Derby Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby: Blackhawk Council Pack 367 (Woodstock, Illinois)
Photo by Bill Crittenden
View photo of Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby Car - 3.6MB
2012 Pinewood Derby Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby: Blackhawk Council Pack 367 (Woodstock, Illinois)
Photo by Bill Crittenden
View photo of Blackhawk Council Pack 367 2012 Pinewood Derby Car - 3.8MB


Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
14 January 2014Systems and Methods for Delivery of Multiple Online Advertising Units to Communicate and Interact on the Same Webpage
United States Patent US 8,631,314 B2
Hyo Lee and Peter H. Kim for Interpols Network Incorporated

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- 1.8MB - 13 pages


Soundtrack


Real Gone by Sheryl Crow
Route 66 by Chuck Berry
Life is a Highway by Rascal Flatts
Behind the Clouds by Brad Paisley
Our Town by James Taylor
Sh-Boom by The Chords
Route 66 by John Mayer
Find Yourself by Brad Paisley
Opening Race by Randy Newman (instrumental)
McQueen's Lost by Randy Newman (instrumental)
My Heart Would Know by Hank Williams
Bessie by Randy Newman (instrumental)
Dirt is Different by Randy Newman (instrumental)
New Road by Randy Newman (instrumental)
Tractor Tipping by Randy Newman (instrumental)
McQueen & Sally by Randy Newman (instrumental)
Goodbye by Randy Newman (instrumental)
Pre-Race Pageantry by Randy Newman (instrumental)
The Piston Cup by Randy Newman (instrumental)
The Big Race by Randy Newman (instrumental)


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