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CARS ON THE ROAD: Season One Overview

"Stick by Your Friends and Family"

What You Need To Know:

CARS ON THE ROAD: Season One is a series of nine 8-10 minute animated episodes streaming on Disney Plus. Mater and Lightning McQueen decide to drive together across country to attend the wedding of Mater’s estranged sister. Along the way, they encounter a dinosaur park, a spooky mansion transformed into an inn, a circus, three cars hunting for Bigfoot, a group of vehicles trying to break the land speed, some menacing Road Warrior vehicles, and a movie set with filmmakers shooting an alien monster movie. In the last episode, Lightning finally meets Mater’s sister, Mato, and discovers the source of Mater and Mato’s sibling rivalry.

The first season of CARS ON THE ROAD is a cute, enjoyable series of mini-adventures for the lovable Mater and his friend, Lightning McQueen. There are some scary moments having to do with giant mechanical dinosaurs, ghost cars, and the menacing Road Warrior cars. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children. However, CARS ON THE ROAD has a strong, positive worldview about sticking by friends and family. Season One also has a couple scenes of forgiveness.

Content:

(BB, C, V, M):

Dominant Worldview and Other Worldview Content/Elements:
Strong moral worldview extols sticking by friends and family, plus some light repentance and forgiveness

Foul Language:
No foul language

Violence:
Light cartoon violence such as a character is scared by dinosaur vehicles in a dream, a character is scared by vehicle ghosts in one episode, “Road Warrior” type vehicles battle despite efforts by the two lead characters to stop the fight, Monster Truck vehicle makes two scary jumps over other smaller vehicles (in one jump, it’s implied that the Monster Truck landed on one of the cars), one of the lead vehicle characters crashes after going very fast

Sex:
No sex

Nudity:
No nudity

Alcohol Use:
No alcohol use

Smoking and/or Drug Use and Abuse:
No smoking or drugs; and,

Miscellaneous Immorality:
Jealousy comes between two friends in one episode, two friends irritate one another after being together on the road for a while, and one character has a rivalry with his sister, but everything comes out all right in the end.

More Detail:

CARS ON THE ROAD:  Season One is an animated series of nine 8-10 minute episodes on Disney+ where Mater and Lightning McQueen drive together across country to attend the wedding of Mater’s estranged sister and undergo multiple adventures while meeting new and old friends. CARS ON THE ROAD:  Season One is a cute, enjoyable series of mini-adventures for the lovable Mater and his friend, Lightning McQueen, with scenes celebrating friendship and family and a few slightly scary situations.

In the opening episode, Mater tells Lightning McQueen and their friends in Radiator Springs that he’s going “back east” to attend his daughter’s wedding. Mater says he’s not looking forward to the trip because he and his sister don’t get along. So, Lightning offers to go with him. He suggests they ride in comfort in Mack’s fancy trailer, but Mater says, “That ain’t no road trip. We got to drive it together!”

Along the way to his sister’s wedding, Mater and Lightning encounter a dinosaur park, a spooky mansion transformed into an inn, a circus, some cars hunting for Bigfoot, a group of vehicles trying to break the land speed, some menacing Road Warrior vehicles, and a movie set shooting an alien monster movie. In the last episode, Lightning finally meets Mater’s sister, Mato, and discovers the source of Mater and Mato’s sibling rivalry.

The first season of CARS ON THE ROAD is a cute, enjoyable series of mini-adventures for the lovable Mater and his friend, Lightning McQueen. There are some scary moments having to do with giant mechanical dinosaurs, ghost cars, and the menacing Road Warrior cars, which include an ice cream truck. So, MOVIEGUIDE® advises caution for younger children.

CARS ON THE ROAD has a strong, positive worldview about sticking by friends and family. At one point, for example, Lightning gets jealous when Mater becomes a popular actor on the set of the B movie. The next day, Lightning apologizes, and Mater replies, “Aw, I never doubted you, buddy.” Eventually, Mater and his sister reconcile with one another.

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