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Mater and the Ghostlight
Film Information
Directed By

John Lasseter
Dan Scanlon (co-director)

Produced by

Darla K. Anderson
Mark Nielsen

Story By

Joe Ranft
John Lasseter
Dan Scanlon

Edited By

Torbin Xan Bullock

Music By

Bruno Coon
Brad Paisley (Behind the Clouds)

Release Date

November 7th, 2006 with Cars DVD/Blu-ray

Running Time

7 minutes, 58 seconds

Mater and the Ghostlight is a 2006 animated short film created for the DVD of Cars, which was released on October 25, 2006 in Australia and in the United States on November 7, 2006.


The short begins with Mater pulling pranks on the cars, including pulling flowers away from Red as he is watering them, frightening  Luigi and Guido by jumping out from behind their tires, frightening Sally by pretending to be a cone vampire, attempting to scare Lizzie while she is sleeping, making Fillmore replace his cans of gas by constantly adding more.

Everyone is gathered at Flo's V8 gas station. Sally and Lightning McQueen notice a tow cable hiding behind some cans. Assuming it to be Mater pulling another prank, McQueen approaches the cans. Suddenly, Mater jumps out of nowhere and scares McQueen. McQueen jumps back and crashes into the cans; it turns out the cable was just from one of Mater's signs. Mater tells McQueen that he looks like he has seen "the Ghostlight". Sheriff then tells Mater not to mock the Ghostlight. He describes it as a translucent orb of glowing blue light, and proceeds to tell a story of a young couple that encountered the Ghostlight, and only "two out of state license plates" were left. Then everyone leaves in a hurry to their respected homes, leaving Mater in the dark.

Mater becomes scared and slowly drives to his home. While there, he loses his only headlight. Soon, a glowing light approaches Mater, and thinking it to be the Ghostlight, pleads for mercy, but it turns out to just be a Vroomaroundus Bugus. Then, a blue light appears behind Mater. Mater looks in his rearview mirror and he immediately assumes it's the Ghostlight, starts running in fear screaming all the way. As speeds away, McQueen and Guido appear from the hiding spots in Mater's yard and exchange successful glances. It turns out the "ghostlight" was only a lantern that McQueen and Guido hung on Mater's tow cable.

Chaos ensues from Mater as he zooms through town with the "Ghostlight" chasing him. He races all over Radiator Springs with various things happening on the way. He zooms through the Tractor Field, going so fast the Tractors are scared awake and all accidentally tip themselves over. Mater even scares Frank awake, leaving the combine startled. Mater then rushes around Willy's Butte, screaming all the way. At this point, Ramone turns in for the night, telling the others to let him know how it ends. Minutes later, Mater, now completely exhausted stops, and sees the lantern, finally realizing he'd been had.

Sheriff replies that there is nothing to fear except your imagination. "And of course," adds Doc Hudson, "the Screamin' Banshee. Well, g'night!" And everyone drives away, once again leaving Mater. At the end of the credits, the Screamin' Banshee appears behind Mater, but he takes no notice of the monster.




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See also

Mater and the Ghostlight
Tow MaterLightning McQueenDoc HudsonSally CarreraSheriffLuigiGuidoFillmoreSargeRamoneFloLizzieRedStanleyTractorsFrankMackVroomaroundus BugusScreamin' Banshee
Owen WilsonLarry the Cable GuyBonnie HuntPaul NewmanCheech MarinMichael WallisPaul Dooley
John LasseterDan ScanlonDarla K. AndersonMark NielsenJoe RanftMichael WallisPaul DooleyTorbin Xan BullockBruno Coon
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