Synopsis: While traveling to California for the dispute of the final race of the Piston Cup against The King and Chick Hicks, the famous Lightning McQueen accidentally damages the road of the small town Radiator Springs and is sentenced to repair it. Lightning McQueen has to work hard and finds friendship and love in the simple locals, changing its values during his stay in the small town and becoming a true winner.
Director(s): John Lasseter, Joe Ranft (co-director)
Production: Buena Vista
  Nominated for 2 Oscars. Another 27 wins & 28 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
117 min

[Inhaling and exhaling deeply]

[male] Okay. Here we go. Focus.

Speed. I am speed.

[cars whizzing past]

One winner, 42 losers.

I eat losers for breakfast.

[car accelerating]


Wait, maybe I

should have had breakfast.

A little breck-y could be good for me.

No, no, no, stay focused. Speed.

[cars whizzing]

I'm faster than fast.

Quicker than quick.

I am lightning!

[pounding on door]

[male] Hey, Lightning! You ready?

[Sheryl Crow:
Real Gone]

Oh, yeah. Lightning's ready.

[engine revving]

[Engine revs]

[Crowd cheers]


[Cars zooming]


[Cars whooshing]

[Both scream]

[All cheer]

Get your antenna balls here!

Go, Lightnin'!

- Whoo!

- You got that right, slick. [whistles]

[Air wrench whirring]

Uh! [screams]

[Engine revs]

- [Male] Welcome back to the Dinoco 400.

- [Crowd cheers]

I'm Bob Cutlass, here

with my good friend, Darrell Cartrip.

We're midway through what may

be an historic day for racing.

Bob, my oil pressure's

through the roof.

If this gets more exciting, they're

gonna have to tow me outta the booth!

Right, Darrell.

[Bob] Three cars are tied

for the season points lead,

heading into the final race

of the season.

And the winner of this race will win

the season title and the Piston Cup.

Does The King, Strip Weathers,

have one more victory in him

before retirement?

[Darrell] He's been Dinoco's golden boy

for years!

Can he win them one last Piston Cup?

[Bob] And, as always, in the

second place spot we find Chick Hicks.

He's been chasing

that tailfin his entire career.

[Darrell] Chick thought

this was his year.

His chance to finally emerge

from The King's shadow.

But the last thing he expected was...

Lightning McQueen!

[Bob] You know, I don't think

anybody expected this.

The rookie sensation

came into the season unknown.

But everyone knows him now.

[Darrell] Will he be the first rookie

to win a Piston Cup and land Dinoco?

[Bob] The legend, the runner-up,

and the rookie!

Three cars, one champion!

[Breaks screeching]

No you don't.

- [Chuckling]

- Hey!

- [Tires squealing]

- [Crowd booing]

What a ride!


Go get 'em, McQueen!

Go get 'em!

[Female] I love you, Lightning!

- Dinoco is all mine.

- [Screaming]

[Darrell] Trouble, turn three!

- Get through that, McQueen.

- [Bob] Huge crash behind the leaders!

[Crowd gasps]



- [Grunts]

- [Gasps]

[Both screaming]

[Bob] Wait a second, Darrell.

McQueen is in the wreckage.

[Darrell] There's no way the rookie

can make it through!

Not in one piece, that is.



Lightning! Oh!

[Darrell] Look at that!

McQueen made it through!

[Bob] A spectacular move

by Lightning McQueen!

Yeah! Ka-chow!

McQueen! McQueen! McQueen!

McQueen! McQueen! McQueen!

Yeah, McQueen! Ka-chow! [honking]

[Bob] While everyone

heads into the pits,

McQueen stays out to take the lead!

Don't take me out, coach.

I can still race!

[Air wrench whirring]

[Chuckling] What do you think?

A thing of beauty.

- McQueen made it!

- [Chick] What?

He's not pitting!

You gotta get me out there!

Let's go! Get me back out there!

McQueen's not going into the pits!

[Darrell] The rookie fired his

crew chief. The third this season!

- [Bob] Says he likes working alone.

- Go, go!

Looks like Chick

got caught up in the pits.

Yeah, after a stop like that,

he's got a lot of ground to make up.

Get ready, boys,

we're coming to the restart!

[Crowd cheers]

Come on, come on, come on!

We need tires now!

Come on, let's go!

- No, no, no, no! No tires, just gas!

- [Male] What?

You need tires, you idiot!

[Darrell] Looks like it's

gas-and-go's for McQueen today.

[Bob] Right. No tires again.

[Darrell] That's a short-term gain,

long-term loss,

but it's workin' for him. He obviously

knows somethin' we don't know.

[Cars whizzing]

[Bob] This is it, Darrell. One lap to go

and Lightning McQueen has a huge lead.

He's got it in the bag.

Call in the dogs and put out the fire!

We're gonna crown us a new champion!

[Crowd cheers and whistles]


- Checkered flag, here I come!

- [Tire blows]

[Darrell] No! McQueen's blown a tire!

[Bob] And with only one turn to go!

Can he make it?

- You fool!

- [Grunts]

[Male] McQueen's blown a tire!

He's blown a tire!

Go, go, go!

- [Grunting]

- [Tire blows]

[Darrell] He's lost another tire!

- King and Chick come up fast!

- [Bob] They're entering turn three!

Come on. [grunting]

I don't believe

what I'm watching, Bob!

Lightning McQueen

is 100 feet from his Piston Cup!



[Bob] The King and Chick

rounding turn four.

[Darrell] Down the stretch they come!

And it's, and it's...

- It's too close to call! Too close!

- I don't believe it!


- The most spectacular, amazing...

- I don't believe it!

...unequivocally, unbelievable ending

in the history of the world!

- And we don't know who won!

- Look at that!

[Tape jittering]

[Slow motion drone]

- That's very close to call.

- Can we play that again?

Hey, no cameras! Get outta here!

We're here in Victory Lane,

awaiting the results.

We're here in Victory Lane,

awaiting the results.

McQueen, that was a risky move,

not taking tires.

Tell me about it!

Are you sorry you didn't have

a crew chief out there?

Oh, Kori. There's a lot more to racing

than just winning.

I mean, taking the race by a full lap...

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John Lasseter

John Alan Lasseter (born January 12, 1957) is an American animator and filmmaker, and former chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, Walt Disney Animation Studios, and the defunct Disneytoon Studios. He was also the Principal Creative Advisor for Walt Disney Imagineering.Lasseter began his career as an animator with The Walt Disney Company. After being fired from Disney for promoting computer animation, he joined Lucasfilm, where he worked on the then-groundbreaking use of CGI animation. The Graphics Group of the Computer Division of Lucasfilm was sold to Steve Jobs and became Pixar in 1986. Lasseter oversaw all of Pixar's films and associated projects as executive producer. In addition, he directed Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011). From 2006 to 2018, Lasseter also oversaw all of Walt Disney Animation Studios' (and its division Disneytoon Studios') films and associated projects as executive producer. The films he has made have grossed more than $18 billion U.S. dollars, making him one of the most consistently successful filmmakers of all time. Of the seven animated films that have grossed more than $1 billion U.S. dollars, five of them are films executive produced by Lasseter. The films include Toy Story 3 (2010), the first animated film to pass a billion, Frozen (2013), the current highest grossing animated film of all time, as well as Zootopia (2016), Finding Dory (2016) and Incredibles 2 (2018). He has won two Academy Awards, for Best Animated Short Film (for Tin Toy), as well as a Special Achievement Award (for Toy Story).In November 2017, Lasseter took a six-month sabbatical from Pixar and Disney Animation after acknowledging "missteps" in his behavior with employees. According to various news outlets, Lasseter had a history of alleged sexual misconduct towards employees. In June 2018, Disney announced that he would be leaving the company at end of the year, but is taking on a consulting role until then. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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    Not “McQueen made it!”
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    McQueen made it through!
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