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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
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Positive Role Models
Mater and Lightning are sometimes impetuous and impulsive, but they always learn to slow down. They're supportive of each other and always make sure to have each other's backs out on the road.
Many of the Radiator Springs cars are voiced by people of color, and Lightning and Mater meet all kinds of cars out on the road (also voiced by diverse actors).
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Violence & Scariness
Some speedy racing and peril (looming dino trucks with sharp teeth, etc.), but the scariest moments come from an episode that's set in a haunted hotel. It has some real jump scares, ghosts, and many nods to real grown-up horror movies like The Shining (an elevator filled with antifreeze instead of blood, two spooky car twins, etc.).
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Products & Purchases
Cars universe has lots of merchandise associated with it.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Cars on the Road follows Cars franchise favorite characters Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) as they take an epic cross-country road trip to Mater's sister's wedding. They have lots of adventures and mishaps along the way -- crashes, run-ins with dinosaur-like monster trucks with big teeth, etc. -- but they always come out OK. One episode set in a haunted house has some spooky stuff, including jump scares, ghosts, and references to real horror movies like The Shining (kids may not get those references, but they're still creepy). Beyond that, these short episodes are a fun pick for whole-family viewing.
Is It Any Good?
Kids may find themselves more interested in roadside attractions and long car trips after watching this lively, bombastic series. Cars on the Road is a treat for vehicle lovers and fans of simple, sweet storytelling. There are also a handful of positive lessons presented -- for example, Mater wishes he could be faster, but after getting a taste of the fast life with some aggressive racers on the salt flats, he learns that he's just fine with his usual speed. It's also a great watch-together show for siblings and families, with gags and fun for everyone.
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Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.