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Title: Cars

Director: John Lasseter

Stars: Voiced by: Bob Costas ; Michael Keaton ; Cheech Marin ; Paul Newman

Reviewer: Matt Eccles

Rating (out of 10): 7


John Lasseterís outstanding success as the director and co-writer of the Toy Story films has seen his name, and animation gurus Pixar, becoming synonymous with 3-D animated films of cross-generational appeal, smart scripts and astounding visuals.

While this 2006 offering lacks the giddy verve of Toy Story or A Bugís Life, it still has much of their winning charm. Its tale of a brash car named Buzz Lightyear, who, on his way to a NASCAR race becomes stranded in Radiator Springs, a nowhere town off Route 66ís beaten track, may be a little sluggish for younger audiences, but there is enough knockabout humour between the set-pieces to keep things trundling along.

Despite Cars being an inevitable showcase for advances in CGI, it is still a remarkable film to look at; the detail in even its most mundane shots is often gob-smacking. So even if the script labours from time to time, thereís ample compensation in the treat for the senses delivered by its technical virtuosity.

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