Cars

  • Directors: John Lasseter, Co Director, Joe Ranft
  • Producers:
  • Writers: Story, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Jorgen Klubien, Brenda Chapman, Screenplay, Dan Fogelman, John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, Kiel Murray, Phil Lorin, Jorgen Klubien, Additional Screenplay, Robert L Baird, Daniel Gerson, Bonnie Hunt, Don Lake, Steve Purcell, Dan Scanlon
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Sport
  • Actors: Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Tony Shalhoub, John Ratzenberger, George Carlin, Jenifer Lewis, Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton, Paul Newman

The last race of the Piston Cup stock car racing season ends in a three-way dead heat between retiring veteran Strip “The King” Weathers, perennial runner-up and dirty fighter Chick Hicks, and the self-centered rookie Lightning McQueen. A tiebreaker race is scheduled for one week later at the Los Angeles International Speedway. McQueen, eager to start practice in California as soon as possible in order to become Piston Cup champion and take The King’s place as the sponsored car of the lucrative Dinoco team, pushes his driver Mack to travel all night long. Mack tries to avoid falling asleep, but becomes a victim of a gang of reckless street racers, subsequently causing the sleeping McQueen to roll out of the back of the truck unnoticed. Waking up in traffic, McQueen speeds off to find Mack, but becomes lost and ends up in the run-down town of Radiator Springs. A mishap with the local sheriff causes McQueen to inadvertently tear up the town’s main road. McQueen is arrested then tried the next day by the town’s judge and doctor, Doc Hudson, who at first wants him to leave immediately; at the insistence of local lawyer Sally Carrera, Doc instead sentences him to repave the road as community service.

As the race begins, McQueen’s thoughts keep drifting back to Radiator Springs and he is distracted from performing well. However, he is surprised to discover that his new friends have come to serve as his pit crew, with Doc — once again outfitted in his old racing colors — as chief. Cheered by their presence and their incredible pit stop speed, and using tricks he learned during his time among them, McQueen is able to counter Hicks’ dirty driving tactics and take the lead. On the final lap, Hicks purposely rams The King aside, causing him to veer off the track and end up in a terrible wreck. Just short of the finish line, McQueen stops, letting Hicks win the race, and backs up to push The King the rest of the way across the finish line, helping him to complete his final race. Hicks is shunned and booed off the awards ceremony stage despite his Cup victory, while McQueen is praised by The King and his wife, Dinoco, and the press and crowd for his sportsmanship. He is offered the Dinoco sponsorship but turns it down, saying that he would rather stay with the team that brought him this far. McQueen returns to Radiator Springs and decides to move his team’s headquarters there, helping to revitalize the town and its businesses, much to the pleasure of his new friends.

Toy Story 2

  • Directors: John Lasseter, Co Director, Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon
  • Producers: Karen Robert Jackson, Helene Plotkin, Executive Producer, Sarah McArthur
  • Writers: Story, John Lasseter, Pete Docter, Ash Brannon, Andrew Stanton, Screenplay, Andrew Stanton, Rita Hsiao, Doug Chamberlain, Chris Webb, Story Supervisor, Dan Jeup, Joe Ranft
  • Genres: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Wayne Knight

Set a year after Toy Story (1995), Andy accidentally tears Woody’s arm while playing with him before leaving for cowboy camp (an annual trip he makes with Woody), leaving Woody on the shelf. Woody starts to have nightmares of becoming a disused toy, but wakes to find that Wheezy, a penguin toy that lost its squeaker, is being taken by Andy’s mother to be sold at a yard sale. Woody rescues Wheezy with the help of Andy’s dog Buster (who was mentioned at the end of the previous film as a puppy), but he is accidentally left behind at the yard sale and subsequently stolen by toy store owner Al McWhiggin. Buzz Lightyear and the other toys watch in horror, and Buzz sets up a rescue party with Mr. Potato Head, Rex, Slinky Dog and Hamm to bring Woody back.

Woody is brought to Al’s apartment, where he discovers that he is a toy created from Woody’s Roundup, a popular children’s television show from the 1950s. By acquiring him, Al now has a complete collection of the show’s merchandise, which he plans to sell to a toy museum in Japan. Woody meets the toy versions of the show’s co-stars: his sidekick Jessie, his horse Bullseye, and an old prospector named Stinky Pete formerly known as ‘The Prospector’ (who is still in his original box). These three are excited to be going to Japan. But knowing that he is Andy’s toy, Woody has doubts and tries to escape the apartment but without success. Later, Al brings over a toy repairman, who restores Woody’s arm and gives him a fresh paint job, which Woody appreciates. He slowly warms up to the idea of going to Japan, particularly after learning that Jessie was once the favorite toy of a little girl named Emily who gave her away after growing up and he realises that, if he returns to Andy, he will eventually be thrown away when he grows up, whereas if he goes to Japan, he will be remembered and treasured forever.

The toys happily return home and soon learn that, due to Al’s failure to sell the merchandise collection, his business and his mood have both declined sharply. When Andy comes home from camp, he is excited to see the new additions to his own collection, Jessie and Bullseye, believing that his mom got them for him while he was away. He repairs Woody’s arm and marks both of the others with his name, making them feel appreciated again. Buzz shows signs of attraction to Jessie after she performs a similar stunt that Buzz did in the 1st movie (his wings inadvertently extend in astonishment). Woody and Buzz now accept the fact that Andy will eventually grow up, but even after he does, they will still be there for each other. As the movie ends, a now-fixed Wheezy sings “You’ve Got a Friend in Me.”

Monsters Inc

  • Directors: Peter Docter, Co Director, Lee Unkrich, David Silverman
  • Producers: Darla K Anderson, Executive Producer, John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton, Associate Producer, Kori Rae
  • Writers: Story, Jill Culton, Peter Docter, Ralph Eggleston, Jeff Pidgeon, Screenplay, Andrew Stanton, Daniel Gerson, Additional Screenplay, Robert L Baird, Rhett Reese, Jonathan Roberts
  • Genres: Animation, Comedy, Family, Fantasy
  • Actors: John Goodman, Billy Crystal, Steve Buscemi, James Coburn, Jennifer Tilly

Monsters, Inc. is the city of Monstropolis’ power company. Monsters, Inc. sends its many monster employees, skilled in scare techniques, to human children’s bedrooms around the world at their local bedtime to scare them, through individually-loaded and activated teleportation doors set up on the “scare floor”, each of which precisely matches a closet door in the individual child’s bedroom. The screams of the suddenly-awakened tots, captured through the portals, generate electric power for the monster world. It is understood, however, that the children themselves are toxic, and the company goes to great lengths to prevent contact with them; should a monster be touched by a child, or simply their belongings, the Child Detection Agency (CDA) is immediately alerted to sanitize the affected being. With increasing numbers of children becoming desensitized by mass media, Monsters, Inc. CEO Henry J. Waternoose is finding it increasingly difficult to harvest enough scream to meet the power demands of Monstropolis, as their energy crisis looms.

One evening, James P. Sullivan (“Sulley”), Monsters, Inc.’s top scarer, finds a loaded door on the scare floor after hours – in violation of policy. Peering inside, the child’s room appears empty, but Sulley finds to his horror that a human girl has followed him through the door, thinking him to be a giant kitty. Terrified of contamination, he tries to return her, but is forced to hide when Randall Boggs, a competitive co-scarer, emerges from the child’s room and surreptitiously returns her door to an unseen door vault. Sulley quickly hides the child and gets hold of his work-partner and pal Mike Wazowski, to figure out the situation. Together at Sulley’s home, they discover that being touched by the child is not harmful at all, and that when she laughs, surrounding electrical power surges to unusually high levels. Sulley nicknames the child “Boo” and becomes her caretaker until they can get her back home.

Near the end of the credits, it humorously states: “No monsters were used in the making of this film.”