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Moon Mater is the eighth episode in the Cars Toons series.


One night, Mater and Lightning McQueen drive around and see the moon. They both stare at it in awe, and Mater claims to have been up there. Then, he starts his story.

It all started when Mater was towing a car to Florida and suddenly, "Houston" had a problem. Autonaut Impala XIII is stuck on the moon and he needs a tow. No one is certain where to get a tow until Mater shows up at the launch pad still towing the car. And with a little bit of training at "NASCA," he became an official Auto-naut. Now inside a space shuttle named Roger, Mater blasts off into outer space headed for the moon. Now landing on the moon, Mater spots Impala XIII. Mater connects his hook to the front of Impala XIII and blasts off back to Earth at 17,000 mph, with Impala XIII hanging on to him. Mater then says that 17,000 mph is nothing compared to Lightning, who shows up going at an even faster speed. Lightning, now even slightly lighting on fire, lands by shooting into the ocean, which then Mater does a safer way by using a very big raft and parachute. Now having returned to Earth, Mater and Lightning are celebrated with parades, interviews, and even Moon Mater Day!

Back in Radiator Springs, Lightning tells Mater, "That did not happen." "Well, suit yourself," replies Mater. Just then, Roger shows up and tells Mater that "Houston" has another problem. So, Mater drives inside Roger and they blast off into outer space for another mission.



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  • The newspaper on which the episode's title appears is the "Emeryville Gazette." Emeryville is a city in California where Pixar headquarters is located. This marks the second time the town is mentioned in the Cars world, the first time being in Cars.
  • Moon Mater is the direct transposition in the Cars world of the Apollo program. A main difference is the use of a Space Shuttle to get to the moon, instead of a gigantic rocket (Saturn V).
  • Auto-naut Impala XIII's name is a reference to "Apollo XIII," which as Impala's XIII's mission almost turned to disaster.
  • NASCA is a portmanteau of NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) and NASCAR (National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing).
  • When Roger takes off to the Moon to rescue Impala XIII, he is taking off from a launchpad like an actual space shuttle, but at the end of the short, he takes off from a runway similar to an airplane.
  • "Auto-naut" is a pun on "astronaut". However, near the end of the short, the TV show host talking to Mater says "astronaut".

v - e - d

Cars/Soundtrack | Cars 2/Soundtrack | Cars 3 | Mater and the Ghostlight | Cars Toons | Disney's Wonderful World of Reading | Little Golden Book | Video

Disney Parks

Cars Land | Disney's Art of Animation Resort | Art of Animation | Cars Quatre Roues Rallye | Disney Animation Building | Luigi's Flying Tires | Luigi's Rollickin' Roadsters | Mater's Junkyard Jamboree | Radiator Springs Racers
Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular | World of Color: Celebrate!
Restaurants: Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Flo's V8 Cafe |
Shops: Radiator Springs Curios | Ramone's House of Body Art | Sarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade | Paint The Night Parade | Pixar Play Parade


Cars: Lightning McQueen | Mater | Sally Carrera | Mack | The King | Chick Hicks | Not Chuck | Mia and Tia | Boost | DJ | Wingo | Snot Rod | Bob Cutlass | Darrell Cartrip | Doc Hudson | Flo | Ramone | Sheriff | Luigi | Guido | Sarge | Fillmore | Red | Lizzie | Stanley | Junior | Tex Dinoco | Lynda Weathers | Van | Minny | Michael Schumacher Ferrari | Jay Limo | Fred | Todd | Frank | Tractors | Mike | Sulley | Vroomaroundus Bugus
Cars 2: Finn McMissile | Holley Shiftwell | Crabby | Tony Trihull | Leland Turbo | Rod "Torque" Redline | Miles Axlerod | Mel Dorado | Professor Zündapp | Grem | Acer | Francesco Bernoulli | Lewis Hamilton | Jeff Gorvette | Max Schnell | Miguel Camino | Raoul ÇaRoule | Nigel Gearsley | Carla Veloso | Brent Mustangburger | David Hobbscap | Vladimir Trunkov | Victor Hugo | Tubbs Pacer | J. Curby Gremlin | Fred Pacer | Ivan | Alexander Hugo | Uncle Topolino | Mama Topolino | Otis | Siddeley
Cars 3: Cruz Ramirez | Jackson Storm
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: Kabuto | Big D | Sandy Dunes | Blue Grit | Idle Threat | Shifty Sidewinder | Didi 05 | Mike 07


Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad Mater | Mater the Greater | El Materdor | Tokyo Mater | Unidentified Flying Mater | Monster Truck Mater | Heavy Metal Mater | Moon Mater | Mater Private Eye | Air Mater | Time Travel Mater
Tales From Radiator Springs: Hiccups | Bugged | Spinning | The Radiator Springs 500½ | To Protect and Serve


Dinoco | 2006 Piston Cup | The Delinquent Road Hazards | World Grand Prix


Radiator Springs | City Hall | Municipal Impound | Tow Mater Towing & Salvage | Flo's V8 Cafe | Luigi's Casa Della Tires | Ramone's House of Body Art | Cozy Cone Motel | Fillmore's Taste-In | Sarge's Surplus Hut | Sarge's SUV Boot Camp | Doctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal Combustion | Racing Museum | Mrs. Piston | Willy's Butte | Radiator Springs Curios | Radiator Springs Drive-In Theatre | Wheel Well Motel | London, England | Paris, France | Porto Corsa | Tokyo | California | U.S. Route 66 | Interstate 40 | Los Angeles International Speedway | Motor Speedway of the South | Ornament Valley | Cadillac Range | Carburetor County | Big Ben | Top Down Truckstop | Big Bentley | NASCA


Real Gone | Life is a Highway | Our Town | Sh-Boom | Route 66 | Find Yourself | Behind the Clouds | You Might Think | Collision of Worlds | Nobody's Fool

Video Games

Cars: The Video Game | Cars 2: The Video Game | Cars: Mater-National Championship | Cars: Race-O-Rama | The World of Cars Online | Cars: Radiator Springs Adventures | Kinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar Adventure | Disney INFINITY | Cars: Fast as Lightning

See Also

The Science Behind Pixar | Pixar in a Box

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