When it comes to animated films, Pixar is king. Founded by John Lasseter way back in 1986, with funding from Apple alumnus Steve Jobs, Pixar first broke out into the mainstream with the release of Toy Story in 1995 – the first full-length computer animated movie, which is still a masterpiece to this day.
Since then, they’ve followed up their initial success with memorable titles such as Monsters Inc, Wall-E, Up, Finding Nemo and Inside Out. But one Pixar franchise that’s never really been held in the same esteem as the others is Cars. Despite the fact that there’s now been a sequel, a number of shorts and a spin-off (Planes), most people don’t really regard Cars as anything special.
I went to see it when I was a kid, and I honestly can’t recall much about it now. It wasn’t a bad movie, but it sure as hell wasn’t memorable. The plot ostensibly concerns arrogant race car Lightning McQueen, who ends up toiling on Route 66 as part of his community service and learns to appreciate life with his other anthropomorphic automobile pals… Or so we thought.
What if Cars isn’t actually a charming, family-friendly adventure, but a chilling science-fiction horror film instead? If you stop to consider the implications of the Cars universe, you realise that the film actually presents a disturbing trans-humanist dystopian nightmare, populated by grotesque fusions of man and machine. Sound far-fetched? I thought so too, until I learned about the horrifying “Homunculus Theory”. Then, everything changed.