- Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales
Cars Toon: Mater's Tall Tales Genre Miniseries Created by John Lasseter Developed by Disney·Pixar Directed by John Lasseter
Starring Larry the Cable Guy
Theme music composer Mark Mothersbaugh Opening theme Cars Toon Theme Song Country of origin United States Language(s) English No. of seasons 3 No. of episodes 10 Production Executive producer(s) Lee Unkrich Producer(s) Kori Rae Editor(s) Roy E. Disney (Season 1 and first episode of Season 2 only) Running time 2-5 mins (except Tokyo Mater: 7 mins) Production company(s) Pixar Broadcast Original channel Toon Disney (2008)
Disney Channel (2008-2011)
ABC Family (2008-2009)
Disney Junior (2011-present)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1 First shown in United States Original run October 27, 2008– present External links Website Production website
Mater's Tall Tales (A Cars Toon for short) is an American animated short television series by Pixar featuring the characters Mater and Lightning McQueen from the film Cars. The series' first broadcast was on October 27, 2008, on Toon Disney, Disney Channel and ABC Family. Then the show was moved to Disney Junior in February 13, 2011.
Not exclusive to television, the episodes have also premiered as theatrical shorts, such as with the 2008 film Bolt. On November 2, 2010, the series was released on DVD and Blu-ray featuring 2 brand new episodes. So far have been released 9 episodes; 3 in season 1, and 6 in season 2. The episode Air Mater will be the first of season 3, and will be released on Blu-ray and DVD packaged with Cars 2.
All of the Cars Toons follow the same tall tale formula: Mater tells a story of something he has done in the past. The action shifts to his story. At some point in certain stories, Mater finds himself in an inescapable predicament. When McQueen questions Mater over whether the events in the story actually occurred, Mater responds, "Don't you remember? You was there too!" (in some episodes, he says something different, but similar to it), and continues the story including McQueen's sudden (and usually unwilling) participation. The cartoons end with Mater leaving the scene, often followed by characters or references to the story that was being told, suggesting the story might be real. Each story includes Mater, Lightning McQueen, Mia and Tia (the two red cars that adore Lightning McQueen, although in this case they are portrayed as adoring Mater), and various pit crew forklifts.
Production began in 2006, after the success of Cars. 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. Mike and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. (who are also seen at the end of Cars) make cameo appearances in Tokyo Mater.
It was announced that Cars Toon were 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 are currently working on El Materdor diecasts and reverse.
- United States
- Family (2008-present)
- Playhouse Disney (November 2010-May 6, 2011)
- YTV (2008)
- Disney Channel UK (December 1, 2008-present)
- Disney Cinemagic (December 1, 2008-present)
Seasons Episodes First airdate Last airdate 1 3 October 27, 2008 October 29, 2008 2 6 March 12, 2009 November 2, 2010 3 TBA November 1, 2011 TBA
Season 1: 2008
# Title Original air date Production Code 1 "Rescue Squad Mater" October 27, 2008 101
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). Pilot EpisodeRole: Firetruck (and Doctor, briefly)
2 "Mater The Greater" October 28, 2008 102
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.
Note: Larry the Cable Guy's catchphrase, "Git R Done!" was mentioned in this episode.Role: Daredevil
3 "El Materdor" October 29, 2008 103
Season 2: 2009–2010
- All episodes aired on Disney Channel except "Moon Mater" and "Mater Private Eye" (both of them premiered on DVD).
# Title Original air date Production
4 "(U.F.M.) Unidentified Flying Mater" November 20, 2009 201
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. This might just be a reference to the film E.T..Role: No certain role, but he meets a UFO that happens to have the same appearance as Mater (crooked buck teeth & accent)
5 "Tokyo Mater" March 12, 2010 104
Mater offers to tow home a stranded Japanese car (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 McQueen shows up to help Mater fend off an attack by Kabuto's ninjas and then help Mater catch up with Kabuto.
Note: Originally premiered theatrically with Bolt on December 12, 2008BTRole: Drift King . Also when Mater drifts the first building, when he exits you can see in the corner the Mike and Sulley Cars.this episode was originally called Import Mater. The score was composed by
Guest stars: Robert Ito as Ito San, Mach Tony Kobayashi as Kabuto
6 "Monster Truck Mater" July 30, 2010 202
Mater 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).
Note: In this episode when Lightning asks Mater what he did he answered "Don't you remember nothing, we was a tag team" instead of saying "Well don't you remember, you was there too!"Role: Monster Truck Wrestler
7 "Heavy Metal Mater" October 15, 2010 203
Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, "Dad Gum.", 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.
Note: This episode premiered on Disney.com outside the U.S. before on Disney Channel and on Disney XD. Also in this episode when Lightning asks Mater "YOU were Heavy Metal Mater?", he answered "No. WE was Heavy Metal Mater!" instead of saying "Well don't you remember, you was there too!"Role: Heavy Metal Rock Star
8 "Moon Mater" November 2, 2010 204
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.
Note: In this episode when Lightning disbelieves Mater's claim that he went 17,000 MPH, the tow truck answered "But that was nothing compared to you!" instead of saying "Well don't you remember, you was there too!". Also it was released on DVD, November 2, 2010.Role: Astronaut
9 "Mater Private Eye" November 2, 2010 205
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.
Note: In this episode when Lightning asks Mater what he did he answered "Like you don't know, Lt. Lightning McQueen!" instead of saying "Well don't you remember, you was there too!". Also it was released on DVD, November 2, 2010.Role: Private Investigator
Season 3: 2011–present
Season 3 started on November 1, 2011 with the episode "Air Mater" (as a DVD release).
- Larry the Cable Guy reprised his role as Mater.
- Once again, Keith Ferguson voices Lightning McQueen instead of Owen Wilson.
# Title Original air date Production
10 "Air Mater" November 1, 2011 301
A tow service leads Mater in the world of planes. Amazed by all these flying machines, Mater gets interested to learn to fly and joins a team of stunt airplanes.Role: Stunt Airplane
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Watch the short films at the official Cars web site:
- Rescue Squad Mater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Mater The Greater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- El Materdor at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Tokyo Mater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Unidentified Flying Mater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Heavy Metal Mater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Monster Truck Mater at the Big Cartoon DataBase
- Mater's Tall Tales at the Internet Movie Cars Database
Cars Films ShortsMater and the Ghostlight · Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales (short series) Spin-offsPlanes Music Video games Attractions Characters Pixar Animation Studios Feature films ShortsOriginalFeature-relatedShort series
- Toy Story Treats (1996)
- Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales (2008–present)
- Toy Story Toons (2011–present)
- Toy Story (1995–present)
- Cars (2006–present)
- The Adventures of André and Wally B. (1984)
- John Carter (2012)
- 1906 (TBA)
- Tiny Toy Stories (1996)
- Pixar Short Films Collection – Volume 1 (2007)
- The Pixar Story (2007)
Products People See also John Lasseter DirectedFeature filmsShort films ProducedFeature filmsSpirited Away (2001) · Monsters, Inc. (2001) · Finding Nemo (2003) · Howl's Moving Castle (2004) · The Incredibles (2004) · Tales from Earthsea (2006) · Meet the Robinsons (2007) · Ratatouille (2007) · WALL-E (2008) · Bolt (2008) · Tinker Bell (2008) · Up (2009) · Ponyo (2009) · Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure (2009) · The Princess and the Frog (2009) · Toy Story 3 (2010) · Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue (2010) · Tangled (2010) · Cars 2 (2011) · Winnie the Pooh (2011) · Tinker Bell and the Pixie Hollow Games (2011) · Brave (2012) · Wreck-It Ralph (2012) · Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings (2012) · Monsters University (2013)Short filmsLuxo Jr. (1986) · Geri's Game (1997) · For the Birds (2000) · Mike's New Car (2002) · Jack-Jack Attack (2005) · One Man Band (2006) · Lifted (2006) · Your Friend the Rat (2007) · How to Hook Up Your Home Theater (2007) · Presto (2008) · Glago's Guest (2008) · BURN-E (2008) · Super Rhino (2008) · Partly Cloudy (2009) · Dug's Special Mission (2009) · Day & Night (2010) · Hawaiian Vacation (2011) · The Ballad of Nessie (2011)Television Other Studios Playhouse Disney Series Short SeriesA Poem Is... • Mickey's Mousekersize • Special Agent Oso: Three Healthy Steps Upcoming seriesDoc McStuffins • Oki's Oasis • Sofia the First • 7D • Dog Cat Blog Chat (February 2012) See also
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