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After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios ("The Incredibles,” "Finding Nemo,” "Monsters, Inc.”) and Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter ("Toy Story,” "Toy Story 2,” "A Bug's Life”) hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. A Pixar Animation Studios film presented by Walt Disney Pictures, CARS is a high-octane delight for moviegoers of all ages, fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats. Adding to the fun is a driving score and a new song by Oscar®-winner Randy Newman, along with original musical performances by such top talents as Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, James Taylor and John Mayer. The film coincides with the celebration of Pixar's 20th anniversary and the company's recent acquisition by Disney.

Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson), a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. En route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters—including Doc Hudson (a 1951 Hudson Hornet with a mysterious past, voiced by screen legend Paul Newman), Sally Carrera (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by Bonnie Hunt), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by Larry the Cable Guy)—who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame, and sponsorship.

The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, and perennial Pixar "good-luck charm” John Ratzenberger. Michael Wallis, author of the critically acclaimed book Route 66: The Mother Road, and the authority on that legendary American artery that connected north to south, and east to west, is heard in the film as the voice of the Sheriff of Radiator Springs.

Delivering more fun and authenticity to the cast for CARS are vocal performances from some of the all-time greatest names from the racing world, including the legendary Richard Petty, plus "drive-on” roles by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip (who holds the record for five wins at the NASCAR Coca-Cola 600), and Michael Schumacher, the ace German Formula 1 racing legend, who is widely considered to be the best Grand Prix racing driver of all time. Veteran Olympic and sports commentator Bob Costas lends his seasoned voice to the character of Bob Cutlass, the colorful host at the film's racing events. Tom and Ray Magliozzi (aka Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers), hosts of the popular NPR program "Car Talk” (first broadcast in Boston in 1977 and picked up nationally ten years later), weigh in as the not-so-coveted sponsors Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze.

Commenting on the characters themselves, Bonnie Hunt (the voice of Sally) says, "When they write these movies at Pixar, they start with the heart of the character first. And once the heart is there, it doesn't matter what's on the outside. Even a car becomes a character and a personality. The heart and soul is what turns a steel car into a character and a person.

It's not only the script that makes these films special. John Lasseter and the artists at Pixar provide the imagination that is the gold mine of their storytelling process. Their imaginations go to the fantasies of the heart, and of life, and of our values. Anything that you can possibly visualize in your mind, they bring to life.”

The driving force behind CARS is John Lasseter, who returns to directing for the first time since "Toy<

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