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Tokyo Mater is the fifth episode in the Cars Toons series. The short was shown in theaters in the US before the Disney animated film Bolt in November 2008. The short is the first Disney Pixar production presented in Disney Digital 3-D. It is also the first Pixar short to be shown before a non Pixar produced Disney animated feature film.

Plot

At Flo's V8 Cafe, Sheriff pulls up when three of the Tuner Cars, Boost, DJ and Wingo drift past. As Sheriff races after them, Mater says that he used to be an import. He then tells Lightning McQueen what happened.

One day, Mater was driving along the road when he spotted a car named Ito San sitting by the side of the road. Mater offers to tow him somewhere far away and he ends up taking him all the way to Tokyo. As Mater drops him off, he notices two modified cars resembling DJ and Wingo. As he follows a group of ladies, he backs up and accidentally taps a gang leader resembling Boost, named Kabuto, who challenges him to a race at midnight. After extreme modifications, Mater comes to the starting line. Ito San tells them that they must race to the top of Tokyo Tower and the winner will become king of all drifters. Kabuto then tells Mater that the loser will be stripped of all modifications and become stock. The race then starts. After Kabuto mocks him saying that he can't drift, Mater ends up sliding through the lobby of a building and being chased by a cop. After he loses Kabuto, he eventually catches up with him, but is slowed down by his posse of ninjas.

Lightning asks Mater what happened next and Mater tells him, "you was there, too".

Back in Tokyo, Lightning is a dragon power expert who defeats the ninjas. After the ninjas are defeated, Mater notices that Kabuto is almost to the tower. Lightning takes Mater through a shortcut through a building site where Mater learns how to drift. After Mater notices that the road is out, Lightning shoots him into a pipe that blasts him ahead of Kabuto. As they race into Tokyo Tower, Kabuto knocks Mater off the tower, but Mater uses his tow hook to pull himself up to the top and wins the race. As Kabuto is laughed at by his ninjas after he is stripped of modifications and Mater celebrates his victory, Mater says, "And that's how I became Tow-ke-yo Mater, king of all of the drifters."

Back in Radiator Springs, Lightning doesn't believe Mater, but then Mater appears with wooden boxes resembling his drifter form. Then, Guido slams a box down on his hood. Mater then drives away with Lightning looking on, confused.

Characters

Cast

Gallery

Miscellaneous Characters

Trivia

  • The graphics and plot seems to be based on Tokyo Street Racing movies, along with The Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift.
  • Snot Rod is the only Delinquent Road Hazard absent in this short.
  • In one scene, Mater slides in a restaurant which says Harryhausen's (from Monsters, Inc.) in Japanese on it. Mike
    Mike car and sulley truck in tokyo mater

    Cameo of Mike and Sulley

    and Sulley from Monsters, Inc. appear in their monster truck forms as Mater slides out of the restaurant.
  • When Mater is celebrating after winning the race, we see DJ dancing to the music.
  • Koji from Cars Mater-National is one of the cars that watches Mater start the race.
  • The light on the police car that chases Mater says "Police" in Japanese.
  • The police car says the same thing Sheriff says in the beginning of the short ("Get back here, you import punk").
  • The cops love donuts as a food, and the donut is a drifting move in which to spin in a circle.
  • This is the first Mater's Tall Tales in which Lightning McQueen doesn't get in trouble. Unidentified Flying Mater is the second.
  • Even though there are Japanese songs, the last song is Korean. However, the DVD subtitles show the song being Japanese.
  • Buy n Large from WALL-E appears as the company selling "Lugnut in a Cup".
  • Before Kabuto challenges Mater, a large screen has a news report on. It shows Chuki
    TokyoDinoco

    The Dinoco building in the background as Mater comes out of the water.

    reporting something, in the same shot as she did in the movie when Lightning went missing, only Kabuto is in Lightning's place, despite that Kabuto was in the city and challenging Mater to the drift race.
  • Several brands that sponsored Piston Cup teams in Cars appear in Tokyo Mater on advertisements. These includes RPM, N2O Cola, Easy Idle, Vitoline, Nitroade, Mood Springs, Gasprin, No Stall and Gaskits.
    Tokyo mater characters in cars 2

    Kabuto, Yokoza and others in Cars 2

  • There is a Dinoco building seen when Mater comes out of the water.
  • Parts of Tokyo shown during the short reappear in Cars 2, which is also partially set in Tokyo.
  • Kabuto, Yokoza, and several female characters briefly appear in Cars 2.
  • The House of Donuts was seen in Cars 2: The Video Game in the Ginza Sprint race. You could drive through it as a shortcut, but if you hit one of the police cars making donuts, the police car will sound its siren, and you'll be reset.
  • The cranes closely resemble Frank from Cars.
  • This is the only Cars Toons episode where Mater didn't prove that his story was real. However, when Guido had put the wooden crates on Mater, he had the same shape as his modifications in his story.
  • When Boost drives by at the start of the short, he for some reason is colored orange.
  • The donuts and House of Donuts sign are in the shape of a wheel.


v - e - d
Cars-Logo
Media

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

Characters

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 | Cartney Brakin
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

Episodes

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

Organizations/Groups

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

Locations

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 | Hollywood

Songs

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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