The Cars Franchise
The Cars franchise is a series of animated films, each featuring a car character that has a special relationship with the audience. Each film in the series focuses on a different aspect of the cars’ lives, and their adventures. In the first movie, the titular Cars, a hotshot red stock car named Lightning McQueen, is competing in the Piston Cup Circuit. He struggles to win the coveted Piston Cup. During his racing career, he becomes best friends with Mater, a tow truck from Radiator Springs.
Cars is produced by Pixar Animation Studios. It was directed by John Lasseter and co-written by Dan Fogelman. The script was originally called “The Yellow Car,” but was later changed to “Cars.” The film was released by Walt Disney Pictures on June 9, 2006. After the production, it was also distributed on DVD and Blu-ray Disc.
The original Cars movie was released in 2006. At its first weekend, the film grossed over $60 million, topping the box office expectations for the film. Following its release, the film was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film.
After the success of the first film, two sequels were produced. One of the sequels is Cars 2. While the second is largely similar to the first, it is focused on another character, a race car named Lightning McQueen, who has a serious conflict with his personal life.
The third movie in the Cars series is Cars 3: Driven to Win. This installment features the return of Lightning McQueen and Mater, along with several new characters. This film also features training and battle races. Featuring 20 tracks and iconic locations, the film offers the opportunity to train and play as many as four different game modes.
The Cars franchise is also accompanied by a television series, Cars on the Road, which follows the road trips of Lightning McQueen and Mater. The show is executive-produced by Marc Sondheimer and is scheduled to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.
The Cars series has also featured a few spin-offs. Two of the sequels were produced by Disneytoon Studios. These include Cars 2 and Cars 3. All the movies in the franchise have been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Feature Film. Merchandise for the Cars series sold more than $10 billion over the five years following the films’ release.
Aside from its animation, Cars has been praised for its characterizations and storytelling. It features an array of humorous and sad scenes, as well as flirtation and racing. Several of the characters careen off walls, and a number of them look very sad.
Lightning McQueen’s signature catchphrase is “Ka-chow!” He is a rookie racer, and is competing in the Piston Cup Circuit, a real-life NASCAR circuit. Along with three other contenders, he is in a big showdown for the top prize.
The Cars series is a franchise, and has expanded beyond the movies, with merchandise available on Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, and iTunes. There are also several books, games, and other products.