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SMASH HIT #1 ANIMATED MOVIE OF THE YEAR!
From The Winning Team of Disney and Pixar

CARS
Racing To DVD In Time For The Holidays -- November 7!

Loaded With Bonus Materials Including an
ALL-NEW EXCLUSIVE SHORT FILM  

Mater and The Ghostlight,”

Deleted Scenes, Behind-The-Scenes And More

BURBANK, Calif., August 10, 2006 – The high-octane Disney/Pixar team announce the DVD debut of the smash hit #1 animated and #2 biggest film of the year, CARS, in time for the holidays -- November 7!  From Pixar’s Academy Award® winning director John Lasseter (TOY STORY, A BUG’S LIFE, TOY STORY 2) and the creative team that thrilled audiences with unforgettable hits including “THE INCREDIBLES” and “FINDING NEMO,” CARS is a musically-charged, comedy-adventure box office favorite about a hotshot rookie race car who, with a fun cast of car-acters goes on the ride of his life.  Starring Owen Wilson (“Wedding Crashers”), the legendary Paul Newman (Oscar® winner Best Actor “The Color of Money” 1986) and an all-star cast, CARS takes audiences of all ages on an incredible adventure that blends a heartfelt story, great music and breathtaking animation.

Loaded with a full tank of electrifying DVD bonus features, the highly anticipated CARS DVD debut includes an exclusive  all new animated short “Mater and The Ghostlight,” starring Mater, the  rusty but trusty tow truck.  This exclusive bonus feature was produced by the creative and technical teams who developed CARS.  The story is set in the town of Radiator Springs and tells the legend of the Ghostlight – a mysterious blue light that haunts the town and its residents. Also included for the first time on DVD is Pixar’s Academy Award®- nominated “One Man Band” (Best Animated Short 2005) which played with the film in theatres and spins the hilarious tale of two competing street musicians vying for a little girl’s attention. Revving up and rounding out the CARS DVD bonus features is the  fascinating behind-the-scenes “Inspiration for Cars,” an exciting journey with John Lasseter that explores how the story of  CARS was born, as well as deleted scenes and a special sneak peek at the highly anticipated next Disney/Pixar feature RATATOUILLE.

Available in separate widescreen and fullscreen editions on November 7, 2006, CARS is priced at U.S. $29.99 (SRP) and Canada $36.99 (SRP) from Walt Disney Home Entertainment. 

After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios and Academy Award®-winning director John Lasseter, hit the road with this fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars.   In addition to Owen Wilson and Paul Newman, CARS includes an all-star vocal cast including Bonnie Hunt (as Sally, a snazzy Porsche), Larry The Cable Guy (as Mater, a wise-cracking, rusty but trusty tow truck), George Carlin (as Fillmore, the town’s resident hippie van, Paul Dooley (as Sarge, the no-nonsense Army Jeep) and Cheech Marin (as Ramone, the low-riding, car painting Impala).  As well, the fast-action film favorite includes the voice of Jenifer Lewis (as Flo, the sassy, no-nonsense 50’s big-fin  show car), Tony Shalhoub (as Luigi, the excitable, tire-brokering Italian import), Michael Wallis (as Sheriff, the Mercury Police Cruiser), Michael Keaton (as Chick Hicks, Lightning McQueen’s nemesis), Richard Petty (as The King, the classiest champ on the race-car circuit) and John Ratzenberger (as Mack, the big-hearted  Super-liner who ferries McQueen across the country).  Ratzenberger is the only actor to appear in all of Pixar’s feature films.

Supercharging CARS is a fantastic soundtrack, including tracks from many of the top acts in music today.  For the project, director John Lasseter enlisted his longtime collaborator and Academy Award® winner Randy Newman (Best Song “If I Didn’t Have You” from “MONSTERS, INC. .” 2002).  Melding perfectly with Newman’s score are performances from Sheryl Crow, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, James Taylor, John Mayer, and more.  The songs range from originals such as the heartfelt “Our Town” (written by Randy Newman and performed by James Taylor) to rousing renditions of the famous tune “Route 66.” The Disney/Pixar Cars Original Motion Picture Soundtrack debuted in June at #8, making it the first Pixar soundtrack to enter the Billboard Top 10 and to ship gold. 

The driving force behind CARS is John Lasseter, who returns to directing for the first time since “TOY STORY 2 ” in 1999.  In addition to guiding CARS through the production process, Lasseter has executive produced and overseen all of Pixar’s creative endeavors (including “MONSTERS, INC., ” “FINDING NEMO,” and “THE INCREDIBLES ”), produced at Pixar’s state-of-the-art studio in Emeryville, California.  CARS taps into Lasseter’s personal love of cars, racing, and animation.

STREET DATE: NOVEMBER 7, 2006

Direct prebook: September 12, 2006
Distributor prebook: September 26, 2006
Suggested retail price: $29.99 US and  $36.99 Canada
Rated: U.S. G, Canada G.
Bonus materials not rated and subject to change.

Feature run time: Approximately 116 minutes
Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 enhanced for 16x9 TV screens
and separately 1.33:1 formatted 4x3
Sound: Dolby® Digital 5.1 EX Surround Sound
Dolby® Digital 2.0 Surround Sound. THX Certified
Languages: English audio.  Close captioned.

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