Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Movie Fun - Mater's Tall Tales

My son often has a favorite movie.  Luckily, they change every few weeks.  Normally, he'll watch 10-15 minutes while I'm getting everything ready for dinner, but sometimes, like sick days, we end up watching more than my preferred amount.

Last week, for example - Noah was home sick and begged for "May-me" which, in Noah speak, is Mater.  And, there was a definite "no" for both Cars and Finding Nemo, previous favorites.  Not wanting to fight too much with a sick toddler, we turned on Mater's Tall Tales, a Disney/Pixar short.  I think it's more Disney than Pixar, but what can you do.  It's about 30 or so minutes long of short stories, so in between playing, napping, and eating, we had this movie on... 6 times in one day, I think.  And, no surprise - it's still his favorite.

Luckily, keeping in with Pixar movies, there were a couple of fun things to point out.  Not all of the standard Easter Eggs, but a few things to look for!

  • Mia and Tia - the 2 flirty Miadas that love Lightning in the original Cars are in several of these shorts.
  • A113 - the infamous classroom from Cal Arts - is found on Mater's license plate while he's on his space rescue mission.  Look closely, you'll only see it for a second!
  • Mike Wasowski and Sully, from Monsters, Inc, can be quickly seen in car form, dining in the restaurant that Mater drifts through in Tokyo Mater.  
  • Notice Lightning's Voice?  It's not Owen Wilson!  It's Keith Ferguson.
And my personal favorite:
  • Every time Noah sees the Tower in Tokyo Mater - he says "Epcot"
If you need a break from Cars or have Mater lovers, this is adorable, even over.. and over.. and...


  1. Maters Tall Tales was a favorite of my sons too for awhile, although lately he hasn't asked to watch it. I personally love it though. Tokyo is my favorite, and the donut scene with the cop cracks me up every time. It's clever!

  2. This sounds adorable! I am going to have to check it out. Thanks for sharing. :0)

  3. We love Mater's Tall Tales! Even better, we have the Wii game, which is great family fun!