As today is the tenth (!) anniversary of Pixar's Cars, I decided to whip up an article on the five best moments from the movie. Ready? Here we go!
1. The Intro
As the strains of "Real Gone" as sung by the golden pipes of Sheryl Crow reverberate in our ears, Lightning McQueen bursts from his trailer and history is born. As announcer Bob Cutlass puts it, "The legend, the runner-up and the rookie. Three cars, one champion!" That pulse-pounding race opener was amazing. The King and Chick Hicks make it a close call, but it perfectly sets up Lightning's personality for the remainder of the film.
2. Our Introduction To Radiator Springs
Radiator Springs. A forgotten gem. A town on its last wheels in more ways than can be counted. But a random happenstance ends up turning the small town into a bigger attraction than ever before. Our first look at Radiator Springs sets the perfect tone of a small town that has been left in the dust of "progress".
3. Doc Hudson: the Greatest Intro of All
Jump to the 43 second mark to get the greatest intro to a character (except maybe Mater) that we have featured in this film. Doc is a serious, no-nonsense guy from the very beginning, and he's arguably the greatest part of the film.
4. THAT Conversation With Doc
This is perhaps the biggest moment that really changes Lightning McQueen's character. He learns that a humble, betrayed, battered, and tired old racer has more guts and heart than he ever will.
5. The Big Finish
This was it. This was the moment where McQueen turned from a flashy showboat to a genuine hero. He no longer cared about the glory, he just wanted to do the right thing. Dinoco Tex saw it, everyone in the stands and on the track saw it, and most importantly, the audience watching the film saw it. This moment is what made the entire movie worth the watch.