Cars (film)

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Cars is a 2006 animated feature film in which, on the way to the biggest race of his life, a hotshot rookie race car gets stranded in a rundown town, and learns that winning isn't everything in life.

Written and directed by John Lasseter and Joe Ranft.'s got that new movie smell. Taglines


[first lines; black screen]
Lightning McQueen: [concentrating] Okay, here we go. Focus. Speed. I am speed. [screen then shows some race cars whizzing past on a racetrack, then goes back to dark again] One winner, forty-two losers. I eat losers for breakfast. [screen then shows Lightning from the back of his left side as his car accelerates and gains on a race car, then the screen goes dark again] Breakfast? Wait, maybe I should have had breakfast? A little breaky could be good for me. No, no, no, stay focused. Speed. [screen then shows race cars whizzing along the racetrack as the camera moves to the right, then goes dark again] I'm faster than fast, quicker than quick! I am Lightning!
Mack: [pounds on his trailer door] Hey, Lightning, you ready?
["Real Gone" by Sheryl Crow plays in the background as the trailer door opens]
Lightning McQueen: Oh, yeah. Lightning's ready.

Chick Hicks: The Piston Cup? It's mine, dude. It's mine. Hey, how do you think I'll look in Dinoco Blue? [pauses] Dinoco Blue! Ah ha ha ha!
Lightning McQueen: In your dreams, Thunder.
Hicks: Yeah, well..."Thunder"? What's he talking about, "Thunder"?
McQueen: Oh, you know, because 'Thunder' always comes after Lightning! Ka-chow!

[Lightning McQueen is on trial for ripping up much of Radiator Springs' main street]
Doc Hudson: All right, I wanna know who's responsible for wrecking my town, Sheriff. I want his hood on a platter! I'm gonna put him in jail 'til he rots. No, check that... I'm gonna put him in jail 'til the jail rots on top of him, then I'm gonna move him to a new jail and let that jail rot. I'm - [finally spots Lightning] Throw him outta here, Sheriff! I want him out of my courtroom. I want him out of our town! Case dismissed.
Lightning McQueen: Yes!
Mater: Boy, I'm pretty good at this lawyerin' stuff!

Lightning McQueen: FREEDOM!
Mater: [Doc Hudson glares at him] Maybe I should've... hooked him up to Bessie and then... then took the boot off.
Lightning McQueen: [driving away from Radiator Springs] Woo-hoo! Goodbye Radiator Springs, and goodbye Bessie! California, here I come! [Continues speeding away] Oh feel that wind... Yes! [Engine begins to sputter] No... no... no no no! Out of gas?! How could I be out of gas?! [Stops right in front of the Sheriff and Sally Carrera]
Sheriff: [Chuckles] Boy, we ain't as dumb as you think we are.
Lightning McQueen: Bu-bu-but... but hhhhow did-?
Sally Carrera: We siphoned your gas while you were passed out. Kachow! [Does Lightning's bid maneuver]

[Lightning McQueen has just seen Doc Hudson's driving and follows him back to his shop]
McQueen: Doc, hold it! Seriously, your driving's incredible!
Doc: [sarcastically] Wonderful. Now go away.
McQueen: Hey, I mean it. You've still got it!
Hudson: I'm asking you to leave.
McQueen: Come on. I'm a racecar, you're... well a much older racecar, but under the hood, you and I are the same!
Doc: We are NOT the same! Understand? Now, get out!
McQueen: How could a car like you quit at the top of your game?!
Doc: [shocked] You think I quit? [shows Lightning an old newspaper]
McQueen: Right... your big wreck in '54...
Doc: They quit on me. When I finally got put together, I went back expecting a big welcome. Know what they said? "You're history." Moved on to the next rookie standing in line. [defeated] There was a lot left in me. I just never got a chance to show 'em. I keep that to remind me never to go back. I just never expected that that world would... would find me here.
McQueen: Hey, Doc, I'm not them.
Doc: Really?
McQueen: No, I'm not.
Doc: When was the last time you cared about something except yourself, hot rod? You named me one time, and I will take it all back. [Lightning looks defeated since he can't think about the last time he never cared for someone else; Doc nods knowingly] Uh-huh. I didn't think so. These are good folk around here, who care about one another. I don't want them depending on someone they can't count on.
McQueen: [shocked and disgusted] Oh, like you? You've been here how long, and your friends don't even know who you are? Who's caring about only himself?
Doc: [angrily] Just finish that road and get outta here! [drives away while Lightning glares at him]

[Having discovered Doc's real identity as the Fabulous Hudson Hornet, Lightning McQueen desperately tries to convince the Radiator Springs residents about it but they doubt it because Doc never shared anything with them]
Lightning McQueen: No, no, no, no, it's true! He's a real racing legend. He's the Fabulous Hudson Hornet!
Flo: Fabulous? I've never seen Doc drive more than 20 miles an hour. I mean, have you ever seen him race?
McQueen: No, but I wish I could. They say that he was amazing. He won three Piston Cups!
Mater: [spits out oil that he's drinking] He did WHAT in his cup?!

[The folks of Radiator Springs (except Doc) are sad that Lightning McQueen left without saying goodbye after fixing the main road.]
Mater: He's done? He must've finished it while we was all sleepin'.
Doc Hudson: Good riddance. [turns around and drives off]
Flo: He's gone?
Sarge: Well, we wouldn't want him to miss that race of his. [Sally drives off sadly.]
Ramone: [hears Sheriff sniffling] Oh, dude, are you crying?
Sheriff: [angrily] (What?) No, I'm happy! I don't have to watch him every second of the day anymore! (But) I'm glad he's gone! [Red speeds away sobbing, upset at the Sheriff's remarks and knocks down a stack of tires]
Lightning McQueen: [appearing out of nowhere] What's wrong with Red?
Mater: [completely oblivious to Lightning's presence, while everyone gasps] Oh, he's just sad 'cause you left town and went to your big race to win the Piston Cup that you always dreamed about your whole life, and get that big ol' sponsor, and that fancy helicopter you was talkin' about.[gasps] Wait a minute! [everyone (except Sheriff) laughs] I knew you wouldn't leave without saying goodbye!

Lightning McQueen: This organic fuel is great! Why haven't I heard about it?
Fillmore: It's a conspiracy, man! The oil companies have got a grip on the Government! They're feeding us a bunch of lies, man!
McQueen: Okay, I'll take a case!

[when the media finally tracks down Lightning McQueen at Radiator Springs, Mack gestures him to Harv on speaker]
Harv: Kid, I'm over here!
Lightning McQueen: How you doin', buddy?
Harv: My star client disappears off the face of the earth! How do you think I'm doing?
McQueen: Harv, I can explain.
Harv: I'm doing great! You're everywhere, baby! Radio, TV, the papers! You can't buy this kind of publicity! What do you need me for? That's just a figure of speech, by the way. You signed a contract. Where are you? I can't even find you on my GPS.
McQueen: I'm in this little town called Radiator Springs. You know Route 66? It's still here!
Harv: Yeah, that's great, kid. Playtime is over, pal. While the world's been trying to find you, Dinoco has had no one to woo. Who are they gonna woo?
McQueen: Chick!
Harv: Bingo. In fact, check out what's on the plasma right now. [shows news report]
Cameramen: Show us the thunder!
Chick: You want thunder? You want thunder? Ka-chicka, ka-chicka! Ka-chicka!
McQueen: Hey, that's my bit!
Harv: You've gotta get to Cali, pronto! Just get out of Radiation Stinks now, or Dinoco is history, you hear me?
McQueen: Just give me a second here, Harv.
Harv: No, no, no, wait. Where are you goin'. Get in the trailer, baby. Kid! You want, you want a bigger trailer?
McQueen: [sees Sally] Sally, I...I want you to... Look, I wish...Ahhhh.
Sally: Thank you. Thanks for everything.
McQueen: Ah. Haha. It just a road.
Sally: No. It was much more than that.
Mack: Hey, kid! We gotta go. Harv's goin' crazy! He's gonna have me fired if I don't get you in the truck right now!
McQueen: Mack, just... hold it for...
Sally: You should go.
McQueen: I know, but...
Sally: Good luck in California. I hope you find what you're looking for.

The King: What're you doing, kid?
McQueen: I think The King should finish his last race.
The King: You just gave up the Piston Cup, you know that?
McQueen: Oh, this grumpy old race car I know once told me something: It's just an empty cup.

Lightning McQueen: [sees Radiator Springs crew at the pit stop] Guys, you're here! I can't believe this!
Doc Hudson: I knew you needed a crew chief, but I didn't know it was this bad.
McQueen: I thought you said you'd never come back.
Hudson: Well, I really didn't have a choice. Mater didn't get to say goodbye.
Mater: [yelling into the microphone] Goodbye! Okay, I'm good.

[Lightning McQueen and Doc Hudson racing at Willy's Butte]
Lightning McQueen: Not today, old man. I know all your tricks. [Doc suddenly swerves off the track; McQueen looks for him] Doc! Doc?
Doc Hudson: [jumping over Lightning's head and back onto the track] Yee-hah! Not all my tricks, rookie!



  • Ahhh... it's got that new movie smell.
  • The Brand New 2006.
  • It's not the destination. It's the journey.
  • Gear up.
  • A race car in a place where there's no pit crew... only Route 66 residents.
  • Life is a Journey, Enjoy the Trip.
  • Start your engines.
  • Our cars speak for themselves.

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