‘Cars on the Road’ Brings Mater to New Generations, Interview with Larry the Cable Guy

"I am so blessed and excited and happy just to be a part of it. It’s really awesome."

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It’s been five years since Larry the Cable Guy was in the sound booth bringing his beloved character Mater back to life in Cars 3. Now he discusses what it’s like sharing Mater in Cars on the Road with a new generation of kids and the joy it brings him.

‘You know what, this is the coolest thing I’ve ever done in my entire life, and just coming back and doing the voice has just been fantastic.,” Larry the Cable Guy says. “I mean, when you go out, and parents go to their kids, ‘hey, you know who that is? That’s Mater.’ And they’ll come up, and they’ll look at me, and I’ll do the voice like, ‘woo-hoo, my name’s Mater like to-mater.’ Just the smiles on their face. I mean, it really is just one of the greatest franchises. Just making people so happy, and honestly, I am so blessed and excited and happy just to be a part of it. It’s really awesome.”

CARS ON THE ROAD Mater
IT’S A TRUCK THING –  © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The first Cars film premiered in 2006, and after three feature films, several series, shorts and spin-offs, the franchise and its characters still remain beloved by familes worldwide with its fun premise that the vehicles around us lived interesting lives over the years. Most notably is Mater. The rusty country tow truck sure to make you laugh while sprinkling in words of wisdom.

“Mater is literally everyone’s best buddy,” Larry says. “He’s fun, caring, funny, never acts like he’s better than anyone else, always the person who’s ready to help, and actually very wise—in an off-beat, not-realizing-he’s-actually-pretty-wise kinda way.”

While much of the Cars films focus on Lightning McQueen, voiced by Owen Wilson, Cars on the Road allows audiences to get to know Mater better as he travels across the country with McQueen for Mater’s sister’s wedding. The series focuses on what Cars creators believe has made the franchise so popular, the friendship between Mater and McQueen.

CARS ON THE ROAD Lightning McQueen and Mater
FIRESIDE FRIENDS – best friends Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy)  © 2022 Disney/Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

“Doing [Cars on the Road] is unbelievable,” Larry says. “And it’s hilarious, and kids love it. You don’t want these other kids coming up and missing out on anything ’cause you know when you’re four, five, six, seven, eight years old, all those kids, now they’re 16, and they’re looking for new stuff, and now the kids coming up, this new generation, they got another brand new thing.”

Pixar Animation Studios returns to the world of “Cars” with the all-new original series “Cars on the Road.” Episodes follow Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) as they head east from Radiator Springs on a cross-country road trip to meet up with Mater’s sister. Along the way, every stop is its own adventure, with outrageous roadside attractions and colorful new characters. Directed bySteve Purcell, Bobby Podesta, and Brian Fee and produced by Marc Sondheimer, all episodes of “Cars on the Road” begin streaming on Disney+ Day, September 8, only on Disney+.CARS ON THE ROAD

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Meghan Cooper is a writer, content creator, movie critic, and geek living in Atlanta, Ga. She loves movies, traveling, and lots of coffee. Member of the Southeastern Film Critics Association, Georgia Film Critics Association, and Atlanta Film Critics Circle.

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