Mater and The Ghostlight

Synopsis: At night, all around town, Mater the disheveled tow truck is causing havoc, playing tricks, disturbing the peace, and scaring other motor vehicles. At Flo's V-8 café, the local cop car warns Mater about the ghostlight, a legendary orb of blue that haunts these parts. The cop car tells the story and warns one and all that the ghostlight hates the sound of clanking metal. All the cars rush home, leaving only Mater, whistling past the graveyard, alone at his junkyard. Then, a blue light appears; can Mater save himself or is there more to the story?
Director(s): John Lasseter, Dan Scanlon (co-director)
Production: Pixar Animation Studios
7 min

I'll have the daily special

when you get a chance...

Gosh, sure is a nice night.

It sure is... a nice night.

I sure hope Mater isn't

waiting around anywhere to scare me,

'cause I'll freak out...

If only you moved that fast

on the race track.

Oh, buddy!

You look like you just seen...

the Ghostlight!


Don't mock the Ghostlight!

What is the Ghostlight?

The Ghostlight is a glowing orb

of blue translucent light

that haunts these very parts.

Nah, don't be too scared,

buddy, it ain't real.

It is real!

It all started on a night like tonight.

The song dogs were wailin'

at the moon off Cadillac Range

while the summer wind blew hot

like the breath of Zozobra.

A young couple was headed down

this very stretch of the mother road

when they spotted

an unnatural blue glow...

...and all that was left

were two out-of-state license plates.

So remember,

the one thing that angers

the Ghostlight more than anything else

is the sound of clanking metal.

As you head home tonight,

keep an eye out.

The Ghostlight could be anywhere.

Well, good night.

- I'm bushed. Good night!

- Good night.

Good night.

Behind the clouds

The sun is shinin'

Believe me even though

You can't quite make it out...

Oh, no, it's the Ghostlight!

Ghostlight, I respect thee!

Return from where ye came!

Oh, it's just a lightnin' bug.

The Ghostlight ain't yeller, anyhow.

Sheriff said the Ghostlight is blue...

The Ghostlight!

The Ghostlight's right behind me!

Now it's in front of me!

It's right on my tail!

The Ghostlight's gonna eat me!

Let me know how it turns out.

Ghostlight's gonna...

...strip my parts

and sell 'em

on the computer auction Web site.

Hey, wait a minute.


Shoot, I knowed this

was a joke the whole time.

You see, son, the only thing

to be scared of out here

- is your imagination.

- Yup.

That and, of course,

the Screamin' Banshee.

- Well, good night!

- Good night!

The Screamin' what?

You better run.

They say there's a Banshee

out here somewhere tonight,

but I ain't seen him yet. Good night.

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Joe Ranft

oseph Henry Ranft (March 13, 1960 – August 16, 2005) was an American screenwriter, comedian, animator, storyboard artist, voice actor and magician who worked for Pixar Animation Studios and Disney at Walt Disney Animation Studios and Disney Television Animation. His brother, Jerome Ranft, is a sculptor who also worked on several Pixar movies. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018

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