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Mater's Tall Tales
Genre Mini-Series
Created by John Lasseter
Developed by Disney/Pixar
Directed by John Lasseter, Rob Gibbs, Victor Navone
Starring Larry the Cable Guy
Keith Ferguson
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) Kori Rae
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 2-3 mins.
Production company(s) Pixar
Original channel Disney XD
First shown in United States
Original run October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27)present
Status returning series

A Cars Toon; Mater's Tall Tales (A Cars Toon for short) is an animated short series by Pixar featuring the characters Mater and Lightning McQueen from the film Cars. The shorts air on Disney Channel, Disney XD, ABC Family, and formerly on Toon Disney, and their first broadcast was on October 27, 2008.[1] Not exclusive to television, they have also premiered as theatrical shorts, such as with the 2008 film Bolt.



All of the Cars Toons follow the same tall tale formula: Mater tells a story of something he has done in the past. In the story, Mater finds himself in an inescapable predicament. When McQueen questions Mater over whether the events in the story actually occurred, Mater responds, "Don't you remember? You was there too!", and continues the story including McQueen's sudden participation. The cartoons end with Mater leaving the scene, often followed by characters or references to the story that was being told, putting up a possibility that the story might be real. Each story includes Mater, Lightning McQueen, Mia and Tia (the two red cars that adore Lightning McQueen), and various pit crew cars.


Cast Characters
Larry the Cable Guy Mater
Keith Ferguson Lightning McQueen


Tokyo Mater premiered in theaters in the US with Bolt on December 12, 2008. The short is the first Disney-Pixar production presented in Disney Digital 3-D.[2] Mike and Sulley from Monsters Trucks Inc. (who are seen at the end of Cars) make cameo appearances in Tokyo Mater.[citation needed] Popular trance artist BT provided the full soundtrack; his logo appears as a lit sign in Tokyo. Tokyo Mater is also accompanying the UK release. The episode is basically a parody of the 2006 Universal Studios film The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift.


It was announced[citation needed] that Cars Toons were to be released as part of the Disney-Pixar Cars Die-Cast Line, in mid-2009. In October 2009, they released several diecasts. They released all of the Rescue Squad Mater and Mater the Greater diecasts, and are currently working on El Materdor diecasts.



Season 1: 2008

  • All episodes aired on Disney XD.
# Title Original air date Production Code!
1 "Rescue Squad Mater" October 27, 2008 (2008-10-27) (Disney XD)
November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) (Disney Channel)
December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23) (ABC Family)
Mater is a firetruck that has to rescue Lightning McQueen from a burning building. After he saves McQueen, he rushes him to the hospital, revealing that Mater is also a doctor. 
2 "Mater The Greater" October 28, 2008 (2008-10-28) (Disney XD)
November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) (Disney Channel)
December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23)
Mater is a daredevil, dressed in a style resembling Evel Knievel. At the stadium, Mater attempts to jump a long line of cars, but instead merely tiptoes over them. Mater performs other stunts and he said Lightning failed to jump over Carburetor Canyon while strapped to a rocket
3 "El Materdor" October 29, 2008 (2008-10-29) (Disney XD)
November 2, 2008 (2008-11-02) (Disney Channel)
December 23, 2008 (2008-12-23) (ABC Family)
Mater is a matador fighting a herd of bulldozers in Spain. When Lightning McQueen enters the story, the bulldozers begin to chase him due to his red paint. 

Season 2: 2009-2010

  • All episodes aired on Disney Channel.
  • "Tokyo Mater" premiered theatrically with Bolt
# Title Original air date Production Code!
4 "Unidentified Flying Mater" November 20, 2009 (2009-11-20) (Disney Channel)
November 25, 2009 (2009-11-25) (Disney XD)
December 2, 2009 (2009-12-02) (ABC Family)
Mater finds a small UFO called Mator and they have a night out. When Mator is captured by the military forces, Mater saves him with the help of Lightning McQueen and Mator's mother. 
5 "Monster Truck Mater" May 22, 2010 (2010-05-22) (Disney Channel)
June 6, 2010 (2010-06-06) (ABC Family)
June 14, 2010 (2010-06-14) (Disney XD)
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. 
6 "Heavy Metal Mater" July 27, 2010 (2010-07-27) (Disney Channel)
August 8, 2010 (2010-08-08) (ABC Family)
August 16, 2010 (2010-08-16) (Disney XD)
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. 
7 "Tokyo Mater" March 12, 2010 (2010-03-12) (Disney Channel)
February 12, 2010 (2010-02-12) (Disney XD UK)
April 18, 2010 (2010-04-18) (ABC Family)
December 12, 2008 (2008-12-12) (theatrically with Bolt)
The beginning of the film Lightning and Mater watch The Delinquent Road Hazards Drift down the road and Mater tells Lightning that he used to be the Drift King in Tokyo. Then Mater finds himself in Tokyo after offering to tow a Japanese car home, and is challenged to a race by The Drift King resembling Boost (leader of The Delinquent Road Hazards), where the winner would be crowned "King of Drifting" and the loser would become a stock car. 


  • Mater's license plate is usually A113, but in "Rescue Squad Mater", it says "RSQ M8R". In "Mater the Greater" it reads "M8R GR8R".

See also


External links

Watch the short films at the official Cars web site:

IMDb pages:

BCDB pages:


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