Editor’s note: Car guys, and even car girls, can take only so much of those Hallmark holiday movies that fill the airwaves and cable systems this time of year. As an automotive alternative, we’re offering our own suggestions of our favorite car movies for your viewing pleasure. Check out more of our favorite car movies here.
After Toy Story 1 and 2 and A Bug’s Life, John Lasseter needed a break, so he and his wife packed up their five sons into a RV and drove across the country. The trip inspired him to send 11 people from his team at Pixar out on a similar drive. The result was an animated film, Cars, that basically turned a new generation onto cars.
The story line goes that a young, fast and full-of-himself race car gets lost on his way to the season’s final race and finds himself — literally and figuratively — in a small Southwestern town lost in time but full of character — and characters — after being bypassed by the interstate highway.
Mention Lightning McQueen or Mater or Doc Hudson to any preteen and they’ll likely light up with joy, or perhaps show you their Cars-based toy cars.
P.S. — Millennials, Gen Xers and Baby Boomers might well provide similar responses.