After a three-way tie from the Piston Cup, a famous rookie racecar accidentally ends up on a little town called Radiator Springs on Route 66 while on his way to California for the deciding race. He also, accidentally, broke the road leading to town because he was being chased and thought he was being shot at by a police car. He was detained in the town because of this and was ordered to fix the road. He knew nothing about what was happening outside of town and was forced to fulfill his obligation. During this time, he came to know the town and its people and how he found love and friendship.
The story is mainly about an arrogant and obnoxious protagonist, Lightning McQueen, and how he had a humbling experience after being detained in Radiator Springs for accidentally damaging their road. He was extremely rude at first and was so full of himself which made his transition very noticeable as the film progresses. I love how the story’s moral lesson is that not everything is about winning. It teaches someone to try their best to win at something but not to a point that they forget the people that helped them get to the top. The story simply implies that no one can reach the top or win at something alone, and that someone must’ve helped them, whether it be directly or indirectly. The humor of the film was mostly from Mater, a rusty old tow truck. His innocence, attitude and the way he talks made him memorable. The variety of cars featured were also great, and trivial at the same time, with the inclusion of what cars looked like before (i.e. Lizzie and Flo’s character). The film somehow made fun of streetcars as well. What I liked most about the film was how it showed that living simply and relationship with friends and family are more important than fame and fortune. This was shown in the film as them enjoying the simple things, like just taking a stroll and just basically supporting each other. I like how the movie implies that aspiring to have a winning trophy, is still at the end of the day, “just an empty cup”.