Great, Pixar is great. Pixar makes the best animated movies. This one is not one of the greatest, but it is still entertaining. While Cars doesn't crash and burn Pixar's reputation, it does make you hope this is a one-off error. We start with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) getting himself psyched up for the biggest race of his life: the Piston Cup. We are thrown right into the fast-paced world of car racing, which serves as our introduction to this world where cars have a civilization much like ours (allegedly the end result of the events of the "Pixar theory," which I recommend researching when you finish reading this review). After a thrilling race montage that continues establishing this world, we get to the last lap where Lightning McQueen's tires burst, and he ties with Dinoco's King (Richard Petty) and Hostile Takeover Corporation's Hick Chicks (Michael Keaton in a less heroic role), resulting in a special race that makes Lighting get into his transport truck Mack (John Ratzenberger), and force him to drive non-stop, and after accidentally falling out of Mack, Lightning rushes through the unfamiliar highway, where he stumbles across Route 66 and Radiator Springs. In a sequence that shows how obviously out-of-place he is, Lighting accidentally (and it clearly is unintentional to we the viewers, but they the characters don't see it that way) tears apart the road, and after Doc Hudson (Paul Newman) lets him go, Sally (Bonnie Hunt) the town lawyer prosecutes him into community service: repaving the road, which is where the movie (and the soundtrack compared to the song and Randy Newman's score) begins to slow down. Don't get me wrong, everything Lightning experiences in "Hillbilly Hell" happens (coincidence or otherwise) to teach him humility, carmanity, and other life lessons, as well as showing his bonding with Mater the Tow Truck (Larry the Cable Guy), and getting him to appreciate some of the simpler things in life, which still echoes a whole decade later on account of technology-related obsoletion of life's simpler joys. Cars may not come off as relatable, but Pixar makes transportation relatable, from showing the lines for the men's room and lady's room next to each other, to having cars with headlights use them to do the wave at the opening-act race. Each Radiator Springs resident has their moment, and the contrast between Sarge (Paul Dooley) and Fillmore (George Carlin), a military man and a hippie, proves to be my personal favorite contrast. As always, the animation is gorgeous, from light reflecting off the cars through lens flares that don't detract (you reading this JJ Abrams?), to the scenery that feels believable without seeming like a creepy attempt to simulate live-action. Randy Newman's score mixed with other songs, work like the movie itself: starts fast, slows down when the special race is announced, and gets even slower when Lightning ends up in "HIllbilly Hell," then revs up for the last act. A+ for showcasing that contrast, but F for execution, because it results in Pixar (and animation in general to my knowledge) making their longest movie to date (one hour and 56 minutes). That aside, Cars is one of Pixar's middle/lower-tier movies in my opinion; not an endearing classic like Finding Nemo or Toy Story, but a fun (albeit long) classic like Monsters University or A Bug's Life. But don't choose your Pixar movie to make good time, but choose your Pixar movie to have a good time.