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TOP 1000 REVIEWERon October 13, 2010
For those of you who do not have the Disney Channel, Mater's Tall Tales are five minute CGI animated shorts based on characters from Pixar's Cars. They are about the tow truck, Mater, regaling his friends on his numerous (and outrageously unrealistic) adventures such as meeting a UFO, being a world famous bullfighter, professional wrestler or daredevil, and other crazy situations. These shorts always fall back on the same joke where Lightning McQueen challenges Mater's tale as being true and Mater replying with, "Don't you remember? You was there too", which ends with McQueen being in the thick of the tall tale.

The animation quality is on par with the movie. Plus you get appearances of other Cars characters like Sally, Red, Mia and Tia and more. They even get just about all of the original actors to do the voiceovers with the notable exception of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen (replaced by veteran voice talent Keith Ferguson). All in all a fun little cartoon to fill time between shows on Disney.

This Blu-Ray collects all of the shorts ever released and a couple that haven't come out yet. This totals nine cartoons, so it's not exactly a large amount of content at about 40 minutes. You do, however, get about 50 minutes of additional features to whet your whistle. Here's a list of the bonus stuff:

Paths to Pixar - Similar featurette to the ones on other Pixar collections this has interviews with Pixar artists, editors and such and gives insights on their experiences and other career details.

Studio Stories: McQueen Has No Hands - The challenges of manipulating a map when your character doesn't have any hands.

Mater: Bumper to Bumper - Goes into detail about the creation of Mater and how he is animated.

Making of Mater's Tall Tales - Self Explanatory. Documentary on creating the Mater shorts from conception to finished product.

Unmade Tales - Some of the ideas that didn't make it to production. Each one has an intro by Director Rob Gibbs and are pitched by the story artist. Tales include Runway Mater, Stunt Mater, Backwards to the Forwards, Car-nival and Import Mater.

Cars Toons Story Reels - Mater the Greater, Unidentified Flying Mater and Mater Private Investigator all shown in their conformed storyreels shown against the final audio track. You also have a picture in picture option to see both the reel and the finished product.

Cars Land Sneak Peek - Just as it says you get to see the upcoming Disney California Adventure attraction Cars Land. Mainly behind the scenes stuff.

If you love the movie Cars and/or the Mater shorts then of course this is the disk for you. Makes me wonder if they will re-release the Toy Story Treats that were done in 1996 somewhere on a Blu-Ray collection. Just keep in mind you are paying for about 90 minutes of content including all of the bonus features. It's a short disk.
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on September 16, 2010
NEW! Never Before Seen
1. Moon Mater
Mater is the first Tow Truck on the moon. His mission: Rescue the Impala XIII by giving him a tow and bringing him back to Earth. Lightning McQueen joins Mater and they are met with a hero's welcome.

NEW! Never Before Seen
2. Mater Private Eye
Mater is a private investigator working on a case of counterfeit tires when Tia rolls back into his life. She hires Mater to find her sister, Mia, who's been car-napped. Mater searches for clues and closes in on a major crime scene. Lieutenant Lightning McQueen arrives just in time to help bring the criminals to justice.

3. Monster Truck Mater
Mater is a professional wrestler who works his way up the ranks from amateur to World Champion Monster Truck Wrestler, wrestling all kinds of characters along the way. When faced with his biggest opponent yet, Mater tags in his "tag team partner," Frightening McMean.

4. Heavy Metal Mater
Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song "Dad Gum." Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.

5. Rescue Squad Mater
Mater is a fire truck that rescues Lightning McQueen from a burning building. When McQueen is rushed to the hospital, he discovers that Mater is a doctor, too.

6. Mater the Greater
Mater is a famous daredevil who does all kinds of stunts. And Lightning McQueen becomes an unwilling participant in Mater's greatest stunt ever.

7. El Materdor
Mater is a famous bulldozer fighter in Spain. He's so good, he's able to fend off multiple bulldozers at once. Lightning McQueen joins Mater in this Tall Tale just as things are at their worst.

8. Unidentified Flying Mater
Mater meets a cute little bucktoothed UFO named Mator, takes him out for a night of fun and they quickly become best friends. But when Mator is captured by the military, Mater and Lightning McQueen come to the rescue.

9. Tokyo Mater
A routine towing assignment lands Mater in Tokyo where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of his friend, "Dragon" Lightning McQueen, and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become "Tow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters."

Unmade Tales

Mater Bumper-to-Bumper

Studio Stories: McQueen Has No Hands

All-New Mater Intros ("Play All" Selection)

And Much More!
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on November 14, 2010
The detail of this DVD has been covered quite splendidly by previous reviewers; I really just want to add my 'aye' to the 4 and 5 star count, and to comment on the cost of the DVD, since a couple of people have mentioned it. I think that there are some movies out there that you pay a ridiculous amount for, as well as getting nailed for all the franchise stuff (cough, cough "Princess and the Frog"), and you walk away from the experience feeling as though you've been taken... this isn't one of them. Maybe it's because, as noted, it is a handful of short cartoons, but each one feels finished, and there's no "What, that's it?" at the end of the disc, which our household has suffered through with "Frog", "Marmarduke", even as far back as "Chicken Little". And don't even get me started on "Furry Vengeance"! And so, yes, it's short, if you want to get technical, but the quality of the product is absolutely great (Mater is my son's favorite CARS character, and so I buy alot of stuff having to do with the drawlin' haulin' guy), and I'd pay this same amount again for whatever the franchise has coming up next. Wait, am I supposed to admit that???
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on November 8, 2010
I bought this movie for my 4 yr old son's birthday. I specifically checked the run time of 90? minutes. Sunday he was watching it for the first time and before I got dinner ready it was over. I was like "Why did you turn it off?" Everyone said it's over. Do you really think my kids gonna be entertained by 1 hour of "out takes?" Um..No. Mater is funny don't get me wrong, but I wouldn't have bought it had I known the actual movie time is 38 minutes. :( HIGHLY DISAPPOINTED!!
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on May 10, 2011
This entertaining (albeit short) series of vignettes continues the saga of Disney's delightful movie, Cars. The tales focus on Mater's backstory. The stories are so fantastic, they couldn't be true... or, could they? Each of Mater's Tall Tales leaves that question enjoyably open ended, a humorous twist that won't be lost on the kids.

With big studio movie production quality from every facet (writing, animation, sound, voice acting) this feels like an extension of the original film in every way. Larry the Cable Guy reprises his role as Mater and Keith Ferguson steps into the role of Lightning McQueen. Don't worry that Owen Wilson didn't return (for whatever reason). You (and more importantly your kids) won't miss him. Ferguson's Lightning is nearly flawless and you probably wouldn't have noticed if you hadn't read the credits (or this review). The only reason I wouldn't give this DVD an "A+" for grade is that it clocks in at a very spritely 38 minutes. It'll leave you wishing it went on for twice as long, but that's ultimately a reflection of it's high production quality.

If you or your kids are Cars-a-holics, I couldn't recommend this spin-off DVD enough.
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on August 12, 2014
My son loves this DVD! He won't sit through the actual Cars movie but he'll watch Mater's Tall Tales! It's about 8 individual mini episodes of Mater's embellished adventures, and it's actually funny for adults too. At least tolerable!
It's on American Netflix but we love having the dvd for trips to grandma's house or when, heaven forbid, the internet's down.
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on June 21, 2016
I'm not going to tell you how many times we've watched this. But it's a lot. This (in my super important mom opinion) is way better than Cars the actual movie (the first one) which is weirdly long and gets boring. These are charming, funny, and beautifully animated. My kids actually like watching the bonus features, too, and seeing the concept art, etc. It's really interesting! We take breaks from this, but it's one that we can always come back to and rely on to silence an epic meltdown on a long car trip. And unlike some other kid movies that will not be named *cough*SuperBuddies*COUGH it doesn't make me want to poke my ears out. I still laugh at the jokes.
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on June 16, 2016
With a child obsessed with Cars, I was at wit's end with watching the Cars movies. I thought that this would be a nice break simply because it's something different, but I'd rather watch the Cars movies 50 more times than watch this again. The stories are awful, Owen Wilson doesn't even do Lightning McQueen's voice for most of the stories, and they're pretty annoying honestly. This sucks.
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on August 27, 2013
This one is his favorite. We try to limit his TV time, but when he has the opportunity to watch something, this one is his first choice 80% of the time. All the stories are similar. Almost the same story line, just different costumes. But that makes it easy to follow and understand. He just loves Mader.
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on October 28, 2010
Its Funny how they are coming out with collection, as my wife and I were talking about this a few months ago. We told each other how nice it would be if they would come out with a DVD with all the Mater Toons on it. My son loves these shorts, and since we had to reduce over TV package, he isn't able to see them anymore. Now, he will be able to watch them whenever he wants. They are so funny, and I can't wait to see his reaction when he sees this. He asks us about these toons everytime he watches Cars, so now I can tell him he can watch them again. Great idea by Disney to release this.
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