Cars (2006, USA) C-124m. SCOPE *** D: John Lasseter, Joe Ranft. Starring (the voices of) Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Cheech Marin, Tony Shalhoub, Guido Quaroni, Jenifer Lewis, John Ratzenberger, Michael Keaton, Jeremy Piven, Michael Schumacher, Jay Leno, Mario Andretti. Another funny, entertaining movie from Pixar, where all the characters are cars. Up-and-coming racing star Lightning McQueen (Wilson) must travel to California for a big showdown with his rivals, after a nightly incident ends up in a town that has more or less has been forgotten, where he is not famous. He is about to learn a lesson in his life. Needless to say, this is very well-animated, with funny characters (loved the Italian mechanics) and situations to make up for the predictable script. Co-directed Ranft's final film; he died in a car crash months before it was released.

© Ron Altman