What in the world is going on in ‘Cars’ land? That’s the question I keep asking myself over and over, and I can’t seem to find an answer. If you’re perfectly fine with Pixar’s ‘Cars’ movies and the world that the characters inhabit, then stop reading right now. There’s nothing for you to see here. If you’re like me, however, and you find the actual world that Lightning McQueen and Mater live in completely perplexing, then by all means join me in a rant that will more than likely result in thinking way too deeply about a silly kid’s movie.
The world of ‘Cars’ makes little to no sense to me. I was recently thrust back into my insane ruminations when I happened across some musings on Locke Peterseim’s Facebook page. Peterseim is a movie blogger who writes for Redbox’s movie blog, The Redblog. After revisiting ‘Cars 2‘, he brought some questions back to the surface of my mind that I first asked after I initially saw the original ‘Cars‘ film. Questions like: Why does the world these cars live in have sidewalks? It’s simple question without a definitive answer. Sidewalks are completely unnecessary in a world populated by sentient cars, right? Especially since those sidewalks appear to be the same width, relative to the movie’s scale, as sidewalks in our world.
Continuing on with the question of scale, how big does a stadium have to be in order to fit thousands of snugly parked cars into it? I can’t imagine exactly how large one of those stadiums would have to be, compared to the stadiums we build with tiny people seated side-by-side. Not to mention the bathrooms that the cars shuffle in and out of. Those must be huge. Which brings up another question: Why do cars need bathrooms at all? Yeah, it provides a simple sight gag, but why are these cars filing into bathrooms? What are they doing in there?
Were there ever organic animal organisms in Cars World? There are bugs in the first movie, but they’re cars too. There are plants and trees and such, so there is some organic life flourishing in this world. However, there’s no organic life that has been able to overtake the cars for supreme control.
In a world full of cars, how did they evolve? Obviously, they need to be constructed by some third party, right? There’s a storyline about Lightning McQueen being attracted to Sally in the first movie, but that brings up a whole other issue about whether cars actually do, somehow, have sexual intercourse. Do they? Or are all cars manufactured at some factory acting as the Car God? How exactly do we wind up with so many different kinds of cars and who is deciding the kind of cars they will be? This is all assuming that there’s no way for two cars to procreate with each other. If somehow there is, then I’m at a loss to explain how it happens. Something to do with pistons and exhaust pipes, I presume.
In ‘Cars 2’, there’s a mention of fossil fuels, which could only have been created by organic beings living on the Cars World at some point. What happened to those beings? Were they dinosaurs? And if so, would they be engineered to look like cars if we were to see them?
I can go on and on thinking myself in circles about this world that seems so utterly improbable. It’s even more impossible than, say, a world inhabited by superheroes or a world where monsters actually live. The main problem is that cars are not organic beings, and therefore could not reproduce. If you think about that, it throws the entire world on its head. Who’s making the cars? Who’s playing god in Cars World? To me, that seems like a more interesting story for a ‘Cars’ movie than watching Larry the Cable Guy pretend to be funny for 90 minutes.