Munjeviti Juric: The Animated Film That Captures the Hearts of Croatian Children
Munjeviti Juric, or Lightning McQueen in English, is the main character of the popular animated film Cars, produced by Pixar and Disney. The film tells the story of a young and arrogant racing car who learns the value of friendship and humility after getting stranded in a small town on Route 66. The film was released in 2006 and was a huge success worldwide, earning over $460 million at the box office.
In Croatia, the film was dubbed in Croatian by a talented cast of voice actors, who gave life and personality to the colorful characters of Cars. Munjeviti Juric was voiced by Tarik Filipovic, a famous comedian and TV host, who also wrote the Croatian script for the film. Filipovic added many jokes and references to Croatian culture and history, making the film more appealing and relatable to the local audience. For example, he changed the name of Mater, the rusty tow truck and Juric's best friend, to Mate Rimac, after the founder of Rimac Automobili, a Croatian company that produces electric supercars.
The film was well received by both critics and viewers in Croatia, who praised its animation, humor, soundtrack and message. Many children fell in love with Munjeviti Juric and his friends, and wanted to have toys, books, games and other merchandise related to the film. The film also inspired some musical adaptations, such as a stage show called Munjeviti Juric i njegovi prijatelji (Lightning McQueen and His Friends), which toured around Croatia in 2017.
The film also spawned two sequels, Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3 (2017), which were also dubbed in Croatian by Filipovic and his team. The second film focused on Juric's adventures around the world as a spy, while the third film dealt with his struggle to keep up with younger and faster racers. Both films were less successful than the original, but still enjoyed by many fans of Munjeviti Juric.
Munjeviti Juric is one of the most beloved animated characters in Croatia, and a symbol of fun, speed and friendship. The film has become a classic of Croatian cinema, and a source of joy and entertainment for many generations of children.
The Cars franchise has also expanded into other media, such as video games, books, comics, toys and merchandise. Some of the most popular video games based on the franchise are Cars (2006), Cars Mater-National Championship (2007), Cars Race-O-Rama (2009), Cars 2 (2011) and Cars 3: Driven to Win (2017). The franchise has also inspired a series of short films called Cars Toons, which feature Mater as the protagonist and narrator of various stories. The first series, Mater's Tall Tales, aired from 2008 to 2012, while the second series, Tales from Radiator Springs, aired in 2013 and 2014. A third series, Cars on the Road, is set to premiere on Disney+ in 2022.
The Cars franchise has also influenced the development of real-life automotive technology and culture. For example, the film's fictional racing league, the Piston Cup, was renamed after the real-life NASCAR Cup Series in 2008. The film's fictional town of Radiator Springs was inspired by several real-life locations along Route 66, such as Seligman and Peach Springs in Arizona, and has boosted tourism and preservation efforts for the historic highway. The film's fictional brand of fuel, Dinoco, was based on a real-life chain of gas stations that operated in the Southern United States until 1968. The film's fictional car models, such as Lightning McQueen and Sally Carrera, were designed after real-life cars, such as the Chevrolet Corvette C6 and the Porsche 911 Carrera.
The Cars franchise is one of Pixar's most successful and beloved creations, and has earned a loyal fan base around the world. The franchise has been praised for its stunning animation, charming characters, heartwarming stories and catchy songs. The franchise has also been recognized with several awards and nominations, such as two Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature (Cars and Cars 3) and Best Original Song (\\\"Our Town\\\" from Cars), four Golden Globe Awards for Best Animated Feature Film (Cars, Cars 2, Cars 3 and Planes) and Best Original Song (\\\"Real Gone\\\" from Cars), and two BAFTA Awards for Best Animated Film (Cars and Cars 2). aa16f39245