Cars (2006)

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Corrected entry: In the scene where Doc Hudson is trying to give Lightning advice on turning on dirt he says "I'll make it simple, if you turn hard enough left, you'll find yourself going right" and his tires turn accordingly. For the rest of the scene, Lightning uses the reverse, saying "turn right to go left", including into the next scene where he is back pullie Bessie. For the most part there are no right turns in oval track racing.

Correction: No, there are generally no right turns in racing, but what doc is talking about is countersteering. Motorcycle and bicycle riders countersteer intuitively, but in a car, it is a learned action. With auto racing, countersteering sets up the car into an oversteer condition, pushing the tail out, and the driver must turn into the skid to allow the car to corner faster than not using oversteer. Thus the phrase "turn right to go left" makes sense. The tail is out after initially turning left, and in order not to spin, the car has to steer to the right, into the skid, to keep a controlled line through the course.

Correction: I think Doc is commenting on his mistake. Look at the way Lightning turns the first time. He turns the wheels left sharply and skids off to the right. McQueen has deduced that he should do the opposite.

Corrected entry: Lightning McQueen unveils his new "Radiator Springs" look, with white wall tires and a retro paint design. But a few minutes later he's reverted to his old look. He keeps the old look for the entire tie-breaker race, and then the "Radiator Springs" look comes back, and stays for the rest of the movie. (01:24:20 - 01:47:10)


Correction: A few minutes later? Hardly - McQueen's has time to travel to California, got set up for the race and so forth. Plenty of time has passed. He would have to revert to his original look for the race - he has contractual obligations to his sponsors, their logos will have to be visible, as will his racing number, he'll have to use race-specification tyres rather than the showy whitewalls and so forth. Once he returns to Radiator Springs after the race, again, some time will have passed, probably several days given the likely media frenzy over how the race finished. He's simply been to see Ramone to get resprayed back to his retro look before finding Sally.

Tailkinker Premium member

Corrected entry: If all the vehicles in the movie have mouths (can speak) and have eyes (can see), then why can't Bessie (the road paving machine McQueen is attached to) speak or see?

Correction: Because she's a machine, not a vehicle. Bessie is a term of endearment not a character name. At no point in this entire franchise is a stationary (or in this case non-self-ambulatory) machine shown to be sentient.

Phixius Premium member

Corrected entry: When McQueen stops before the finish line, the King is seen in the right corner of the scene, but Chick does not appear on the racetrack. Inmediately afterwards, Chick passes by the finish line.

Correction: Because McQueen and the King are STOPPED/stopping and Hicks is traveling at full racing speed. He would appear "immediately" in that circumstance.

MovieFan612 Premium member

Corrected entry: When Lightning is talking to Sally after helping the town, you can see that the sky is still moderately light, and the sun is setting. Then Red activates the town's neon signs, and it gets completely dark instantly.

Correction: You've obviously never witnessed a desert sunset. Once the sun drops behind the buttes/horizon, darkness descends very quickly, seemingly instantaneously. When Mater turns on the neon lights, it makes the sky in the background appear even darker, instantly.

MovieFan612 Premium member

True, and the light may have contributed to this. At night when you turn a light on, look what happens. It will be moderately light but the moment the light turns on, it becomes almost black.

Corrected entry: When Lightning McQueen is in the Radiator Springs court and hitting on Sally, he blinds her with his lights. Problem is he has no lights, as stated earlier in the film, "He has stickers".

Correction: He blinds her with his lightning bolt, not his faux headlights. He reflects the light coming in from the window behind the judge. It's his schtick, as also established earlier in the film.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: When Hook is taking Lightning McQueen out of "jail", he picks him up from the rear. McQueen should be unable to roll like this because his left front wheel is fixed with a claw. That should make it impossible for him to drive or at least destroy his fender.

Correction: These cars are very anthropomorphic, meaning they have a lot of characteristics and movements that are human-like. Lightning could lift his wheels at will, making it possible for him to lift the wheel with the claw/boot on it, and roll on the other front wheel. Since the entire premise of the movie is that people don't exist, only machines, a lot of suspension of disbelief is required.

Corrected entry: In the last race, Chick rams The King so that he flies through the air and rolls over on the grass. And in the shot where the camera zooms out when McQueen is braking, Chick isn't visible between McQueen and The King. This would mean that crashing is faster than driving.


Correction: They were going around a corner, which the king cuts diagonally across. Chick still has to drive around the circuit, traveling a longer distance.

Corrected entry: When Snot Rod and the other Fast and Furious inspired cars are fooling around with Mack, the camera does a closeup shot of Snot Rod revving his engine, and you can see the throttle butterflies closing when he revs higher. They should be opening, not closing, with higher revs.


Correction: If you look more closely, the butterfly valves are opening when he revs. They open from the bottom upward and outward. The orange reflection/glow just makes it hard to see.

Corrected entry: When Lightening McQueen is chasing after Mack after being dumped out, he leaves the Interstate, hits some dirt and corrects the slide to get back on the road. According to his multiple attempts on the track at Willy's Butte, Lightening doesn't know how to do this, and it becomes the basis of him learning a "new" way to drive from Doc, and it even helps him in the final race. (00:22:40)


Correction: His corrective actions after becoming lost were a "happy accident" and not an intentional manoeuvre - as you point out, he has such trouble with it while racing Doc. If he had intentionally made that manoeuvre early in the film, he wouldn't have had such trouble with Doc, especially because he is so prideful.

MovieFan612 Premium member

Corrected entry: When Lightning is getting offered to be the new face of Dinoco, the head of Dinoco says "Hey Light, how about coming over here and talking to me for a minute." After he says that Lightning comes over and he's about 2 feet away from the head. But for the rest of the conversation, McQueen's much closer to him.


Correction: The second shots are from a much closer perspective and a slightly different angle. It's impossible to say whether the characters are actually closer together or just appear to be because of the changed perspective.

JC Fernandez

Corrected entry: In the last race scene at the end of the movie, the announcer excitedly mentions Lightning McQueen wearing new white-wall tires when he is in fact wearing his original black-walled tires.

Correction: No he doesn't. What he says is that they found him in a little town called Radiator Springs and the other announcer (Darryl Cartrip) says, "Wearing white wall tires of all things!" They were commenting on how odd it was that he WAS wearing them, not that he is actually wearing them at the moment.

Shannon Jackson

Corrected entry: During the flashback sequence of the interstate opening, we can see that Guido was already in Radiator Springs back then, which was some time in 1950's or 1960's. How come after living at least forty years in the United States, among cars speaking English, he hasn't learned the language besides "pit stop" and few other words? It can't count as the character's mistake since, no matter who you are, after years of living in society speaking different language it's natural to you to understand at least basic sentences.

Correction: No, actually it isn't quite as natural as you might think. Coming from NYC, I know/knew people who are/were (some have passed away) immigrants from many places, including Italy (Sicily as two would put it) and Greece, who have been living in the States for 40-50 (or more) years, but who still cannot put a coherent English sentence together. They speak their native languages to children, grandchildren, etc. Amusing how one woman had a fit when she learned of a grandchild goofing off in school, and then yelled in her native language for the student to take learning in America more seriously...

Super Grover Premium member

Corrected entry: When you see the tyres (on and off the cars) at the racetracks in the movie, they're slick. In Radiator Springs however, Lightning's wearing treaded tires, even though he went from the track to the trailer and from the trailer to Springs without a tire swap.

Ian Hunt

Correction: McQueen changes from slick tires to treaded tires right after the race during the interview when occurs the other mistake about the rear tires.

Corrected entry: When Lightning McQueen is in Radiator Springs and he's trying to fix the road with Bessie the first time, a little bit of asphalt spurts on him and drops on his famous lightning bolt sticker. The size and position of the patch of asphalt changes throughout the movie until it gets washed off.

Correction: The spot of asphalt never change position, it always stays in the lucky sticker. What happens is that the bubble that drops gets more thin because the sun is hot and the heat makes the substance get a bit soft becoming liquid and that thick bubble spread to a larger area getting more thinner.

Corrected entry: When Lightning is talking to Mater, he says "I am a very famous race car" then Luigi turns up. When Luigi is talking to Lightning (seen from the back) you can see through Luigi's side windows. Two shots after this one, his side windows are filled with a white background. (00:37:05)

Correction: It is a reflection of the building on the opposite side of the road and not a see through.

Corrected entry: Several times during both NASCAR races, you can see a rather large amount of asphalt pieces loose on the race track. It is very unlikely that the race would be started without removing these pieces, as they can cause severe damage to the cars. As both races are finals in the world cup, in a community based entirely on cars, the rules would most likely be very strict concerning the race tracks.

Correction: That actually happens on real world race tracks, except that the debris is pieces of both asphalt and worn tires. The track has to be swept clean of large amounts of this stuff after a race.

Corrected entry: Towards the end of the second race, the line up on the track is King (43), Lightning (95), and then Chick (86). In the following shot, it shows the "score board" with the numbers in the following order: 43, 86, 95.

Correction: The score board is manually updated, and may not be current until the person running the board has updated it.

Corrected entry: In the scene where Luigi discusses with Lightning what type of racing car Lightning is and gets upset that Lightning races in the Piston Cup and not Formula One he says "Luigi, follow me to the garage." when speaking to Guido.

Correction: Wrong. He says "Luigi follows only the Ferrari" as he is refering in third-person that he only likes that type of car, further explaining that he follows only Formula One racing. The Italian accent muffles it slightly, but try the "subtitle" option for clarification.


Corrected entry: After Lightning is sentenced to fix the road by Doc Hudson, Mater takes a look at the road and is surprised by its condition. However, Mater's home is at the end of the road, and had to tow Lightning back and forth earlier. Surely he would've noticed the condition of the road before that.

Correction: Mater's character is displayed "on-screen" as being a little slow and not very observant. Another example of this would be when he spends 30 seconds telling Lightning McQueen how upset they are that he left to go to his big race, and then takes an additional 15 seconds of silence to realize that Lightning is right there in front of him. He simply wasn't paying attention until Doc mentioned it to him.


Other mistake: Lightning Mcqueen is trying to become the first rookie in Piston Cup history to win the Piston Cup, but Doc Hudson won the Piston Cup in 1951 the first year that Hudson Hornets were produced, which also would have made him a rookie.


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Suggested correction: This assumes that the development of this universe follows the same rules as ours.


Not only that, but Doc is supposed to be 20 years old when he becomes a rookie racer. So he wasn't born in 1951. But he is said to have won the Piston Cup as a rookie.


Suggested correction: Darrell actually said, "And land Dinoco?" So that means Lightning is actually the first rookie to win the Piston Cup and land Dinoco.

First, Darrell made that statement before the race. But it wasn't about the first rookie to do both because McQueen says of the Piston Cup "I'll be the first rookie in history ever to win it."


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