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Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales

By Sandie Angulo Chen, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Hilarious shorts for Cars lovers with brief attention spans.

Movie NR 2010 38 minutes
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this movie.

Community Reviews

age 4+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 3+

Some action.

Clocking in at 38m, it’s a great collection of shorts for your little Care fans.
age 4+

Cute, but female are poorly represented

These were cute short stories and they did make me giggle here and there. Sadly, female characters were mostly nameless. And they only served two purposes:admire male characters and be a victim for male characters to save. An unfortunate choice and poor role modeling. I won't be recommending this to anyone.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14 ):
Kids say (7 ):

Anyone who likes the gang from Cars will love this collection of Mater-inspired shorts. Even though Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales is not a feature film, this collection is made by Pixar, which means a standard of animation, dialogue, and voice-acting that's nearly unparalleled in the film industry. No musical numbers like in regular Disney animated productions, but Mater's stints as various kinds of trucks are clever and silly and will be loved by even the youngest of viewers. In some ways Mater's casual description of extraordinary jobs -- going to the moon, fronting a heavy-metal band, competing in a monster truck rally -- is reminiscent of the way that other slightly clueless, but lovable animated character Homer Simpson has done it all.

Predictably, Owen Wilson is not the voice of Lightning McQueen, as he is in the feature-length film, but that's OK, because Ferguson doesn't have to say much more than "I don't believe that" over and over again. This is, without a doubt, the best thing Larry the Cable Guy has done outside of his stand-up work since, well, Cars. Pay attention, and you'll even hear Mater say Larry's signature catchphrase, "git-r-done."

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