Classic 'Cars' finds the soul in the machines
Posted 6/8/2006 9:01 PM ET
L to R: Chick Hicks (Michael Keaton), Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson),
and The King (Richard Petty) fight to win the big race in Cars.
ABOUT THE MOVIE
Voices: Owen Wilson, Paul Newman, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy
Directors: John Lasseter and Joe Ranft
Distributor: Walt Disney
Running time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
Opens today nationwide
By Claudia Puig, USA TODAY
Cars lionizes the lure of the open road and the appeal of a simpler time in a way that is both technically impressive and touching.
The wizards at Pixar (Toy Story, The Incredibles) never seem to take a wrong turn, and Cars is yet another example. Director John Lasseter and company have a unique way of not only bringing inanimate objects to life, but also making us love them.
These gas-fueled metallic characters don't merely have personalities—they have emotional depth. We forget these are rusty old Hudsons or flashy Porsches. Their mechanized aspects are secondary. Whether it's a talking cowboy with a pull cord or a 1959 Chevy Impala, we see ourselves in these