I know this has received mixed reviews. We saw it today and loved it! My kids sat mesmerized for most of it (2 hours was a bit long), even my 19 month old who kept yelling "Vroom, vroom" at the screen. I enjoyed the soundtrack and found myself singing along.
The story is basically about a cocky rookie race car (voice by Owen Wilson) who is en route to the Piston Cup Championship in California when an unfortunate chain of events lands him in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. To make matters worse, Lightning McQueen has quickly succeeded in raising the ire of the local judge, Doc Hudson (voice by Paul Newman), who won't allow him to leave until he makes amends for tearing up the town's main street. But before the repairs are done, he finds himself drawn to Radiator Springs' once-thriving past and its colorful citizens, particularly Sally Carrera (voice by Bonnie Hunt), a sporty Porsche and the sweet-natured Mater (voice by Larry the Cable Guy), a country hick bucktoothed tow truck. *Mater was our favorite and kept us laughing*
By the time Lightning gets back on track, he finds his priorities have changed.
If you see this, make sure you stay until the end of the credits for a hilarious tribute to John Ratzenberger (who is the voice of Lightning's transport truck as well as many other Pixar characters from Toy Story, Monsters, Inc, and A Bug's Life) and also a touching tribute to Pixar animator Ranft, who recently passed away.