Quote Of The Day – Mater, Cars, Cars 2

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

Cars and Cars 2 were two of Disney-Pixar films most financially viable films. With its great mix of characters, speed, big name stars and cars. This film can appeal to everyone.

Cars starred Owen Wilson (Zoolander), Bonnie Hunt (Jumanjii) and Tony Shaloub (Monk). And was directed by John Lasseter (Toy Story 2). With a budget of $120 million, the film has grossed a staggering $461,983,149 worldwide.

Cars 2 was also a box office success, which had a budget of $200 million, grossed $559,852,396 worldwide.

Perhaps the funniest character in both Cars and Cars 2 is Tow Mater, who is voiced by Larry the Cable Guy (Tooth Fairy 2), the dim witted, rusty old car, who has all of the funniest lines. And is an endearing and wonderful creation. Who is at the centre of Cars 2 and, in a sense, becomes a protagonist of the film.

Check out these quotes from Mater below:

Cars

Mater: [after Lightning loses the case and is sentenced to repair the road] Hey, I know this may be a bad time right now, but you owe me $32,000 in legal fees.
Lightning McQueen: What?

Mater: We’ll talk later, Mater… hehe – later, Mater – that’s funny!

Cars 2

Finn McMissile: My apologies, I haven’t properly introduced myself. Finn McMissile, British intelligence.
Mater: Tow Mater, average intelligence.

Holley Shiftwell: So Mater, it’s voice-activated. But, you know, everything’s voice-activated these days.
Mater: What? I thought you’s supposed to be making me a dee-sguise.
Mater’s Computer: Voice recognized. Disguise program initiated.

Christmas Television – Good or Bad?

Words by Naomi Jeffreys

It is that time of year again, the Christmas television schedule. But what I want to know is,  is this television good or bad?

I, like all of you enjoy a good family film and the BBC hasn’t failed to deliver on that front this year: The Chronicles of Narnia, Cars, Shreks 1, 2 and 3 are just a few of the films which have been shown over the Christmas period. But surely, won’t families grow tired of seeing Cars for the hundredth time in a row? I understand why bosses at the BBC and other channels want to show family films because of the seasonal time of the year but soon families will be turning to their DVD players to screen films which appeal to both adults and children.

However, Christmas is also the time of year in which new Dramas, Adaptations and television series are made. The eagerly awaited Downton Abbey Christmas Special was one of the best Christmas specials I’ve seen in years, extremely feel good and which whetted the fans appetite for Series 3. The BBC screened the Eastenders Christmas special which gained the most viewing figures, clocking up 9.9 million viewers which simply shows the that the longevity of such a long running, successful British soap is what viewers really want.

The BBC screened Absolutely Fabulous which was panned by critics as being ‘not as good as it once was’ and, having viewed it myself, I was dissapointed at the decidedly depressing themes in the programme and the awful canned laughter was such a let down.

Christmas television is always looked forward too as television bosses combine the old with the new and enable audiences to become children for a few hours whilst watching Shrek or become compelled whilst watching the brilliant Great Expectations.