Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. En route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town’s offbeat characters–including Doc Hudson, Sally Carrera and Mater – who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame, and sponsorship.

Sample Discussion Guide Questions:

How did you feel about Lightning at the beginning of the movie? Was he a likable character? Do you think he changed by the end of the movie? How did he change? Did you like him more by the time the movie was over?

Lightning was so busy with racing that he didn’t even realize he had no friends (besides his agent whom he never saw). Have you ever felt like you don’t have enough time to just sit and, as they say, smell the flowers? What do you do to step out of a busy schedule and enjoy the world and people around you?

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