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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
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    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 in which Mater does not prove that his story is 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.
  • When Mater is going the wrong way through traffic, one of the cars uses the same scream, "Ow!" as the Sedan tourist from Cars: The Video Game.
  • Tokyo Mater and Dragon Lightning McQueen appear in Cars 2: The Video Game as downloadable and playable characters.
v - e - d
Cars-Logo
Media
Cars/SoundtrackCars 2/SoundtrackCars 3/Original Motion Picture Soundtrack/Original Score SoundtrackMater and the GhostlightCars ToonsDisney's Wonderful World of ReadingLittle Golden BookVideo

Video Games: Cars: The Video GameCars 2: The Video GameCars: Mater-National ChampionshipCars: Race-O-RamaThe World of Cars OnlineCars: Radiator Springs AdventuresKinect Rush: A Disney/Pixar AdventureDisney INFINITYCars: Fast as LightningCars 3: Driven to Win

Disney Parks
Cars LandDisney's Art of Animation ResortArt of AnimationCars Quatre Roues RallyeDisney Animation BuildingLuigi's Flying TiresLuigi's Rollickin' RoadstersMater's Junkyard JamboreeRadiator Springs Racers

Entertainment: Moteurs... Action! Stunt Show Spectacular
Restaurants: Cozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InFlo's V8 Cafe
Shops: Radiator Springs CuriosRamone's House of Body ArtSarge's Surplus Hut
Parade: Mickey's New Year's Eve ParadePaint The Night ParadePixar Play Parade
Firework: World of Color: Celebrate!

Characters
Cars: Lightning McQueenMaterSally CarreraMackThe KingChick HicksNot ChuckMia and TiaHarvBoostDJWingoSnot RodBob CutlassDarrell CartripDoc HudsonFloRamoneSheriffLuigiGuidoSargeFillmoreRedLizzieStanleyBessieJuniorTex DinocoLynda WeathersVanMinnyMichael Schumacher FerrariJay LimoFredToddFrankTractorsMikeSulleyVroomaroundus BugusRalph Carlow

Cars 2: Finn McMissileHolley ShiftwellCrabbyTony TrihullLeland TurboRod "Torque" RedlineTomberMiles AxlerodMel DoradoProfessor ZündappGremAcerFrancesco BernoulliLewis HamiltonJeff GorvetteMax SchnellMiguel CaminoRaoul ÇaRouleNigel GearsleyCarla VelosoBrent MustangburgerDavid HobbscapVladimir TrunkovVictor HugoTubbs PacerJ. Curby GremlinFred PacerIvanAlexander HugoUncle TopolinoMama TopolinoOtisSiddeleyCartney Brakin
Cars 3: Cruz RamirezJackson StormNatalie CertainSterlingMiss FritterChase RacelottDanny SwervezRyan "Inside" LaneyBubba WheelhouseCam SpinnerRich MixonCal WeathersBobby SwiftBrick YardleyTerry KargasReb MeekerHamiltonSmokey
Mater and the Ghostlight: Screamin' Banshee
Cars Toons: KabutoBig DSandy DunesBlue GritIdle ThreatShifty SidewinderDidi 05Mike 07
Video Games: CandiceEl MachismoStinger
Deleted Characters: Zil

Episodes
Mater's Tall Tales: Rescue Squad MaterMater the GreaterEl MaterdorTokyo MaterUnidentified Flying MaterMonster Truck MaterHeavy Metal MaterMoon MaterMater Private EyeAir MaterTime Travel Mater

Tales From Radiator Springs: HiccupsBuggedSpinningThe Radiator Springs 500½
Cancelled Episodes: To Protect and Serve

Songs
Real GoneLife is a HighwayOur TownSh-BoomRoute 66Find YourselfBehind the CloudsMy Heart Would KnowFree RideYou Might ThinkCollision of WorldsNobody's FoolRun That RaceRide
Organizations/Groups
DinocoThe Delinquent Road HazardsWorld Grand PrixLemons
Locations
Radiator SpringsCity HallMunicipal ImpoundTow Mater Towing & SalvageFlo's V8 CafeLuigi's Casa Della TiresRamone's House of Body ArtCozy Cone MotelFillmore's Taste-InSarge's Surplus HutSarge's SUV Boot CampDoctor Hudson: Dr. of Internal CombustionRacing MuseumMrs. PistonWilly's ButteRadiator Springs CuriosRadiator Springs Drive-In TheatreWheel Well MotelLondon, EnglandParis, FrancePorto CorsaTokyoCaliforniaU.S. Route 66Interstate 40Los Angeles International SpeedwayMotor Speedway of the SouthOrnament ValleyCadillac RangeCarburetor CountyBig BenTop Down TruckstopBig BentleyNASCAHollywoodThomasville
Objects
Piston CupAllinolBombEMP EmitterTripleDent Gum
See Also
The Science Behind PixarPixar in a Box