Top 10 Animated Cars
Top 10 Animated Cars August 20, 2009 by Alison Lakin, Associate Editor Is there a more perfect duo than cartoons and cars? Not only can animated cars perform feats no real vehicle would be able to accomplish, but they also bring back cherished memories of lazy Sunday mornings when were were kids. As animation continues to become more advanced, we’re looking forward to seeing more automotive characters on the screen. In the meantime, here’s a top 10 list of our favorite animated cars.
The Mach 5, Speed Racer
The story of Speed Racer’s Mach 5 is a classic underdog tale. Technically, the Mach 5 is inferior to many of the other cars on the track, and without Speed’s impressive racing skills and a few nifty tricks the Mach 5 would just look cool. Not that that’s a bad trait, but we like some substance behind our style, which came from cool features like the deflector that makes the car bulletproof and crash-proof, the ability to release a homing robot bird to send messages and plenty of room for a pet monkey. Total substance right there.
Mystery Machine, Scooby Doo
In a cast full of kooky characters, the Mystery Machine played perhaps the most normal starring role. The van, piloted by Fred, was the capable set of wheels the Scooby Gang relied on when trouble came knocking. Scooby and his crew would invariably end up crowded in the front cabin as they rushed to save the day. The Van has had its own share of good times too, like in the episode when it became possessed and sported eerily green headlights. We like to think it was expressing itself creatively.
Cruella De Vil's De Ville, 101 Dalmatians
Sometimes it’s not the car that makes the person, but rather the person that makes the car. However insane the styling of a Panther De Ville is in real life, add a puppy-crazed Cruella De Vil behind the wheel and an icy country road and the car takes on a life of its own. The red and white death mobile also has the loudest horn in London (according to the book), which she insisted on using to get her dear Darling family’s attention. How thoughtful of her.
Benny the Cab, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?
We first meet Benny after a narrow escape from Judge Doom and the Weasels, having been sprung from their clutches by Roger and Eddie Valiant. He then acts as escape vehicle for them on their crazy journey through Toontown. We give him props for being a loyal cabbie and always in the right place at the right time – unlike so many cabs we’ve had the pleasure of waiting for.
We’re big fans of Pixar’s movie Cars
for obvious reasons, but the lovable Mater holds a special place in our hearts. He’s the ultimate hillbilly tow truck, voiced, of course, by Larry the Cable Guy. Self-proclaimed world champion of backward driving, Mater clearly has some tricks up his sleeve.
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