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Revved up for hot 'Cars'

June 13, 2006|by KYLE LEFLER

At Valley Mall in Halfway, there were cars everywhere, inside and out. The premiere of the movie "Cars" was parallelled by a car show in the parking lot.

Disney/Pixar's latest 3D animation creation is "Cars," the story of one race car's journey to finding himself. In this fictional world made only of machines, hot racing rookie, Lightning McQueen, is a self-obsessed, friendless car who needs some help, even if he doesn't realize it.

Lightning, voiced by Owen Wilson, is involved in an accident enroute to a race, landing him in the middle-of-nowhere town of Radiator Springs. The town befriends him, to his chagrin, and he has to make a choice: to leave and race or to stay and be with his true love.

This movie has all the right stuff. It has children's favorite things, provided mostly by Mater, a hillbilly tow truck with a big heart, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy. Kids will love the physical comedy and jokes directed to their age group.

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Adults and teens can also have a laugh at this movie. It includes the usual "adult humor" of Disney, like a VW hippie van who is delusional and pokes at the popularity of car racing. Other voices include Paul Newman and John Ratzenberger.

I was pleasantly surprised when "Cars" left me satisfied.

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