Owen Wilson’s infectious good-natured energy permeates Pixar’s light-hearted animated movie about “Lightning McQueen” a rookie competition race car that discovers there’s more to life than winning races. When Lightning finds himself waylaid in the dusty town of Radiator Springs on the famous Route 66, he gets a lesson in ethics and personal accountability from the town’s locals that include Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) and Sally Carrera (voiced by Bonnie Hunt). While the movie is 20 minutes too long for tiny tikes, it nonetheless endears the audience to its colorful car characters. George Carlin, Michael Keaton and Cheech Marin add their vocal talents to this enjoyable animated automotive spree.
Rated G. 110 mins. (B-) (Three Stars)
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