Released in 2006 by Pixar Animation Studios, "Cars" stars Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Unlike other acclaimed Pixar films like "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo," "Cars" received mixed to positive critical reviews.
In addition to Wilson, "Cars" features the voices of Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera and Paul Newman, in his final performance, as Doc Hudson. The plot of the film follows McQueen, a rookie racing car, as he trains for a big race with assistance from Hudson, Carrera and other cars he encounters on his journey. McQueen does not win his race, but he demonstrates great sportsmanship in his loss, earning him the respect of the spectators.
Critics gave "Cars" fairly positive reviews, but most unfavorably compared the film to the rest of Pixar's canon. While other Pixar films, including "The Incredibles" and "Finding Nemo," won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature, "Cars" only received a nomination, losing to "Happy Feet." Despite the film's relatively lukewarm reception, its sequel "Cars 2" was released in 2011 to less enthusiastic reviews. Pixar also released a spin-off of the series, "Planes," on Aug. 9, 2013, and has set "Cars 3" for release in 2017.