Cars Toons

Cars Toons
Genre Miniseries
Created by John Lasseter
Developed by Pixar
Directed by John Lasseter
Rob Gibbs
Jeremy Lasky
Starring Larry the Cable Guy
Keith Ferguson
Owen Wilson
Theme music composer Mark Mothersbaugh
Opening theme Cars Toons Theme Song
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes Mater's Tall Tales: 11
Tales from Radiator Springs: 4
Total : 15
Executive producer(s) John Lasseter
Kori Rae
Producer(s) Kimberly Adams
Running time 2-7 minutes
Production company(s) Pixar
Walt Disney Pictures
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network Disney Channel
First shown in United States
Original release October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27) – May 20, 2014 (2014-05-20)
External links
Production website

Cars Toons is a series of American computer animated short films by Pixar. It features Lightning McQueen and Mater from Cars. Larry the Cable Guy reprises his role as Mater while Keith Ferguson replaces Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen (until The Radiator Springs 500 ½ when Wilson reprises his role).

The series' first broadcast was on October 27, 2008 on Toon Disney, Disney Channel, and ABC Family. Not exclusive to television, some of those episodes have also premiered on DVDs / Blu-rays or as a theatrical short.


Mater's Tall Tales

All Cars Toons in Mater's Tall Tales follow the same tall tale formula: the episode opens with Mater popping out of his garage and declaring, "If I'm lying, I'm crying!" (or a variation thereof). Mater proceeds to tell a far-fetched story of his past to Lightning McQueen, the action shifting to Mater's story. At a midway point, the action briefly shifts back to Mater and McQueen in which Mater proclaims that McQueen was also involved, often telling him "You was there, too!" (or some other variation). The flashback resumes with McQueen's sudden (and usually unwilling) participation. Once Mater finishes his tall tale, (with the exception of Tokyo Mater) one or more characters or elements involved in the story appear, paradoxically suggesting the story might have been authentic. The episode ends with Mater and McQueen posing in their corresponding story's costumes (excluding Tokyo Mater). All episodes feature Mia and Tia and various pit crew forklifts in support roles.



After the success of Cars, production of Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales began in 2006. The first nine shorts were produced by Pixar, while all the following shorts were produced by its subsidiary, Pixar Canada.[1]

"Tokyo Mater" premiered in theaters in the US with Bolt on December 12, 2008. The short is the first Disney·Pixar production presented in Disney Digital 3-D.[2] Sulley and Mike from Monsters, Inc. made cameo appearances in "Tokyo Mater" as their car forms from the ending of the first film.



It was announced that Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales was to be released as part of the Disney·Pixar Cars Die-Cast Line in mid-2009. In October 2009, they released several diecasts. They released all of the "Rescue Squad Mater" and "Mater the Greater" diecasts, and they are working on "El Materdor" diecasts and reverse.

Video game

A video game based on the series titled Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales was released on October 19, 2010 for the Wii.[3][4] A PC version was also released outside the United States.[5]

Home media

A DVD and Blu-ray compilation of the first nine shorts, titled Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales, was released on November 2, 2010. The compilation includes "Mater the Greater", "Rescue Squad Mater", "Monster Truck Mater", "Unidentified Flying Mater", "El Materdor", "Moon Mater", "Heavy Metal Mater", "Mater Private Eye" and "Tokyo Mater",[6] with Moon Mater and Mater Private Eye created exclusively for this set.[7] Choosing the "Play All" option from the menu gives each short (except for Mater the Greater which plays first) unique intros.

The remaining two episodes of Mater's Tall Tales "Air Mater" and "Time Travel Mater" were released on the Pixar Short Films Collection, Volume 2. Air Mater is also a bonus feature on the Cars 2 DVD and Blu-ray.


In addition to "The Radiator Springs 500 1/2," which was released in 2014, director Rob Gibbs revealed at the 2013 Disney D23 Expo another Cars Toons titled "To Protect and Serve." The short was also expected to debut in 2014 on Disney Channel,[8] but it was postponed indefinitely.[9]


Mater's Tall Tales

# Title Director Original premiere date Original release
1"Rescue Squad Mater"[10]John LasseterOctober 27, 2008 (2008-10-27)Toon Disney

Mater is working as a fire truck and has to rescue Lightning McQueen from a burning building. After he saves McQueen, he rushes the racecar to the hospital where the tow truck reveals that he is also a doctor (with an MD, PhD, STP and GTO).

Role: Firetruck (and Doctor, briefly)
2"Mater the Greater"[10]John LasseterOctober 28, 2008 (2008-10-28)Toon Disney

Mater is a daredevil and dresses in a style resembling that of Evel Knievel. In a stadium, Mater attempts to jump a long line of cars, but instead merely tiptoes over them. He performs other stunts, and later claims Lightning McQueen failed to jump over Carburetor Canyon while strapped to a rocket.

Role: Daredevil
3"El Materdor"[10]John LasseterOctober 29, 2008 (2008-10-29)Toon Disney

Mater is a matador fighting a herd of bulldozers in Spain. When Lightning McQueen enters the story, the bulldozers chase after him due to his red paint job.

Role: Matador
4"Tokyo Mater"[11]John LasseterDecember 12, 2008 (2008-12-12)Theatrically with Bolt

Mater offers to tow home a stranded Japanese car inspired by the Toyota Century, (named Ito-San), but ends up in Tokyo, Japan after hauling him all the way across the Pacific Ocean. He is subsequently challenged to a race by the Drift King Kabuto (a car resembling Boost, the leader of The Delinquent Road Hazards) with the winner being crowned "King of All Drifters" and the loser being stripped of all custom modifications to become a "stock" car. "Lightning Dragon McQueen" shows up to help Mater fend off an attack by Kabuto's ninjas and then helps Mater catch up with Kabuto. Kabuto makes a cameo appearance in Cars 2, just before McMissle shows up at the party.

Role: Drift King
Guest stars: Robert Ito as Ito San, Mach Tony Kobayashi as Kabuto
5"(U.F.M.) Unidentified Flying Mater"[12]John LasseterNovember 20, 2009 (2009-11-20)Disney Channel

Mater finds a small UFO called Mator and they have a night out. Later, when Mator is captured by the military forces, Mater sneaks up and saves him with the help of Lightning McQueen and the UFO's mother.

Role: UFO/(Unidentified Flying Object)
6"Monster Truck Mater"[13]John LasseterJuly 30, 2010 (2010-07-30)Disney Channel

Mater, alias "The Tormentor," is a professional (Monster Truck) Wrestler who works his way up the ranks from amateur to World Champion Monster Truck Wrestler, wrestling all kinds of characters along the way. These trucks include the I-Screamer, Captain Collision, The Rasta Carian, Dr. Feel Bad, and Paddy O'Concrete. When faced with his biggest opponent yet -the Monster of Dr. Frankenwagon-, Mater tags in his "tag team partner," Frightening McMean (Lightning McQueen).

Role: Monster Truck Wrestler
7"Heavy Metal Mater"[14]John LasseterOctober 8, 2010 (2010-10-08)Disney Channel

Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band called "Mater & The Gas Caps" and rises to the top with his hit song, "Dad Gum" (which bears a heavy-metal style by accident when the drummer goes crazy trying to kill a fly on the drum while recording an album), a song based on the line Mater is famous for. Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

Role: Heavy Metal Rock Star
8"Moon Mater"[7][15]Rob GibbsNovember 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)Mater's Tall Tales DVD/Blu-ray

Mater is the first Tow Truck on the moon. His mission: Rescue the Impala XIII by giving him a tow and bringing him back to Earth. Lightning McQueen joins Mater and they are met with a hero's welcome.

Role: Astronaut
9"Mater Private Eye"[7][15]Rob GibbsNovember 2, 2010 (2010-11-02)Mater's Tall Tales DVD/Blu-ray

Mater is a private investigator working on a case of counterfeit tires when Tia rolls back into his life. She hires Mater to find her sister, Mia, who's been car-napped. Mater searches for clues and closes in on a major crime scene. Lieutenant Lightning McQueen arrives just in time to help bring the criminals to justice.

Role: Private Investigator
10"Air Mater"[16][17]Rob GibbsNovember 1, 2011 (2011-11-01)Cars 2 DVD/Blu-ray

A tow service leads Mater to Propwash Junction, a town of planes. Amazed by all these flying machines, Mater gets interested in learning how to fly when he sees Skipper's Flight School, which has a sign that says they could teach anyone. After learning how to fly, he learns himself to fly backwards and amazes a group of stunt planes known as the Falcon Hawks. Since one of them has sprained their wing during practice for a stunt show, they ask Mater to take place of the injured plane. He accepts and becomes the stunt planes' new member. Lightning McQueen, also a stunt plane, helps Mater at one point when he is in trouble.

Role: Stunt Airplane

Guest stars: Stacy Keach as Skipper, Danny Mann as Sparky, Jonathan Adams as Judge Davis
11"Time Travel Mater"[18][19]Rob GibbsJune 5, 2012 (2012-06-05)Disney Channel

Accidentally gaining the ability to travel in time, Mater travels back to 1909 in the middle of a desert, where he meets Stanley, the founder of Radiator Springs, who works as a travelling radiator caps salesman. With the realization, that if Stanley goes away there would be no Radiator Springs, Mater brings McQueen from the future, and Stanley sells him a radiator cap. Mater then suggests Stanley to settle there and build a town where he could serve broken cars, and Stanley accepts. Jumping a few years forward, Stanley shows Mater and McQueen the expanding town, when Mater takes a note of a broken Model T, which turns out to be Lizzie. Lizzie's seemingly falling in love with McQueen makes Mater panic again about Radiator Springs' future, but it turns out that Lizzie had her eye on Stanley. Introduced to each other by McQueen, he and Mater make another time jump, where they attend the Stanley and Lizzie's wedding, before returning to the present. There, Lizzie thanks McQueen for introducing her and Stanley.

Role: Time Traveler

Guest star: John Michael Higgins as Stanley

Tales from Radiator Springs

# Title Director Original premiere date Original release
1"Hiccups"[20]Jeremy LaskyMarch 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)Disney Channel
Lightning gets hiccups from drinking his breakfast of champions: oil. Many of the Radiator Springs residents give him advice on how to cure the "annoyingness", but none of the ideas work—until Sally kisses him on the cheek... and his hiccups disappear.
2"Bugged"[20]Jeremy LaskyMarch 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)Disney Channel

Red's peaceful morning routine is interrupted by a pesky visitor.

Note: It is the only episode that doesn't feature Lightning Mcqueen and Mater.
3"Spinning"[20]Jeremy LaskyMarch 22, 2013 (2013-03-22)Disney Channel
Guido discovers he has a hidden talent as a street corner sign spinner.
4"The Radiator Springs 500 ½"[9][21]Rob Gibbs and Scott MorseMay 20, 2014 (2014-05-20)
(August 1, 2014)[22]
Disney Movies Anywhere
(Disney Channel)

Radiator Springs celebrates a Founders Day honoring the late Stanley when a gang of Baja racers descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to a race.

Guest stars: John Cygan as Idle Threat, Jess Harnell as Blue Grit, Danny Mann as Shifty Sidewinder, and Steve Purcell as Sandy Dunes.

Cast and characters

Mater's Tall Tales

Characters Rescue Squad Mater Mater The Greater El Materdor Unidentified Flying Mater Tokyo Mater Monster Truck Mater Heavy Metal Mater Moon Mater Mater Private Eye Air Mater Time Travel Mater
Mater Larry the Cable Guy
Lightning McQueen Keith Ferguson
Luigi Silent Cameo Tony Shalhoub Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo
Guido Silent Cameo Guido Quaroni Guido Quaroni Silent Cameo
Ramone Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo
Flo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo Silent Cameo
Sarge Silent Cameo Silent Cameo
Fillmore Silent Cameo George Carlin
(archival recording)
Silent Cameo
Sheriff Michael Wallis
Red Silent Cameo
Lizzie Katherine Helmond
Stanley John Michael Higgins
DJ E.J. Holowicki
Wingo Adrian Ochoa
Boost Jonas Rivera
Kabuto Tony Kobayashi
Ito-San Robert Ito
Mia Lindsey Collins Silent Cameo Lindsey Collins Silent Cameo Lindsey Collins
Tia Elissa Knight Silent Cameo Elissa Knight

Tales from Radiator Springs

Character Hiccups Bugged Spinning The Radiator Springs 500 ½
Mater Larry the Cable Guy Silent Cameo Larry the Cable Guy
Lightning McQueen Keith Ferguson Keith Ferguson Owen Wilson[9]
Sally Bonnie Hunt Bonnie Hunt
Luigi Tony Shalhoub Tony Shalhoub
Guido Guido Quaroni Guido Quaroni
Flo Jenifer Lewis Jenifer Lewis
Sarge Paul Dooley Paul Dooley
Fillmore Lloyd Sherr Lloyd Sherr
Sheriff Michael Wallis Michael Wallis
Red Jerome Ranft Silent Cameo
Ramone Cheech Marin
Lizzie Katherine Helmond


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