In Cars, Red is very shy and initially did not like Lightning McQueen, but he eventually took a liking to him.
Mater and the Ghostlight
In Mater and the Ghostlight, Red is first seen with the rest of the townsfolk at Flo's V8 Café, listening to Sheriff tell his story about the Ghostlight. He later helps them prank Mater into thinking he is being chased by the Ghostlight by attaching a lamp to his tow hook.
Red reappears in Cars 2. His actor, Joe Ranft died in a car accident during the making of Cars in 2005. In consequence, Red does not speak in Cars 2. In the film, he appears with the other Radiator Springs residents congratulating McQueen on coming back home, as well as at the Wheel Well Motel when Francesco is insulting Mater and McQueen agrees to compete in the World Grand Prix. He only makes a small appearance at the airport, crying as he sees 'Team McQueen' taking off for Tokyo. He comes with most of the rest of the Radiator Springs residents (except Lizzie and Mack) to London after McQueen called them to try to talk to Mater, who was missing at the time. He also appears in the battle against the lemons, where he & Sally arrives just in time to blast some of the lemons away, including J. Curby Gremlin and some black Gremlins, with his fire hose and is seen briefly when Mater and the others return to their hometown, and when they are watching the Radiator Springs Grand Prix.
Red reappears in the third film. However, he still does not talk, but still cries.
Unparalleled Parking, Red can be seen staring at them while some residents of the town play the parking game.
Red is a 1950 Torchy Truck Co. Firetruck. He is based on 1960s style fire trucks, most closely resembling a mid-1960s Pirsch pumper, but also resembles American LaFrance models. His license plate reads "002". Red is painted almost entirely red, with the exception of his doors, which have the Radiator Springs Courthouse & Fire Department logo on them. He is equipped with many firefighting tools, such as a ladder and several hoses.
Personality and traits
Red is one of the shyest characters in the series, and as such, rarely says any lines, mostly making simple noises as his dialogue. He is very emotional, and will often get upset if something bad happens to something or someone.
Powers and abilities
Red is very talented at fighting fires due to his high-pressured monitor, able to launch water at high velocities and intensities, and his abilities came in handy during the final fight scene against J. Curby Gremlin, Tubbs Pacer, Victor Hugo and Vladimir Trunkov in Cars 2, where he sprays water to knock them out.
"Red may not be a fire truck of many words, but what he doesn't say, he shows through his generous actions. Whether its putting out a tire fire or caring for the beautiful flowers, Red is there to support and protect his beloved town. Red takes negative comments on the town very personally. So if you have something bad to say about Radiator Springs, you'd better watch out, because if there's one thing Red's not afraid of, it's his emotions."
"Red might not be part of Team Lightning McQueen, but someone has to tend the flowers he has around Radiator Springs. He makes sure he goes to the airport to wave goodbye to the team!"
This is the last character voiced by Joe Ranft before his death in 2005. Jerry Recycled Batteries, on the other hand, is Ranft's last speaking role, since Red's dialogue is only restricted to crying.
During recording sessions, the late Joe Ranft managed to manipulate Red's emotional sound effects in the same order as Heimlich the caterpillar from A Bug's Life. The difference between Heimlich's whimpers and Red's cries were the pitch levels of sound effects that were processed in editing after Joe Ranft's recording session. Heimlich's whimpers were high-pitched in the performance scene of A Bug's Life, whereas Red's cries were low-pitched and deeper in the sound mix before the film was made.