Monday, June 12, 2006

Puns, full speed ahead

Jason Kottke rounds up just sampling of the puns used in headlines about the new Pixar movie, "Cars."
With 'Cars,' Pixar Revs Up to Outpace Walt Disney Himself (NY Times)
NASCAR, Hollywood share the fast lane (USA Today)
'Cars' Voices Toot Their Horns (
A toon-up for Petty (Orlando Sentinel)
With 'Cars', Paul Newman stays in the race (Malaysia Star)
Newman's need for speed (Toronto Sun)
Cars: Cruising along in Weirdsville, Cartoonland (NY Times)
Cars' Riding on Flat Tires (OhMyNews International)
Shifting gear (The Age)
Pixar's Cars stalls with reviewers (Guardian Unlimited)
"Cars" is one sweet ride (Hollywood Reporter)
Cars rolls along like an animated version of Doc Hollywood (
'Cars' an auto-matic hit (Tucson Citizen)
Great-looking 'Cars' stuck in cruise control (
'Cars' revs up marketing campaign (Inside Bay Area)
Disney/Pixar revvs up its latest cash cow (Monterey Herald)
Finely drawn characters drive 'Cars' and its director (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
'Cars' wins the race hands down for summer's best film (Press & Sun Bulletin)
Kickin' the Tires (East Bay Express)
Star vehicle veers a bit (St. Petersburg Times)
Pixar's 'Cars' falls a little short of winner's circle (
'Cars' just can't get it out of first (Statesman Journal)
'Cars' will take you straight to the dump (Scripps Howard)
Running on Fumes (Village Voice)
More, now that the weekend box office numbers are in. The movie topped the box office but missed estimates:
Cars takes checkered flag at box office (Toronto Star)
'Cars' Passes 'The Omen,' Lindsay Lohan In Box-Office Race (
Pixar's Cars speeds to top of weekend box office (Tonight)
"Cars" races to top of North American box office (People's Daily Online)
'Cars' cruises to big box-office finish with $62.8 million (KESQ)
Cars zooms ahead of the pack (Guardian UK)
Cars drives to the top of the box office (Globe and Mail)
'Cars' flies like winner at Indy (Los Angeles Daily News)
'Cars' goes for pole position (USA Today)
"Cars" laps the box office competition (Reuters Canada)
'Cars' Shows Horsepower at Ticket Window (Los Angeles Times)
"Cars" Goes Vroom! (E Online)
On the right road (New York Daily News)
Disney sputters on low-revving 'Cars' (Toronto Star)
Cars Gets a Yellow Flag (
'Cars': 0 to $60M in 3 days is too slow for Wall St. (San Jose Mercury News)


At 10:30 AM, June 15, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I'd like to know what the San Antonio paper wrote. Anyone know?

If the pun ban is still in effect, maybe it's something exciting like: 'Cars' is No. 1 movie.

At 2:52 PM, June 15, 2006, Anonymous Lisa said...

I really don't think most of these are "puns" in the true sense of the word. (Just like I don't think most of the headlines cited in the San Antonio paper's "pun" ban were puns per se.)
Wordplay, yes. Weak, often. Pun, no.
Pun: the usually humorous use of a word in such a way as to suggest two or more of its meanings or the meaning of another word similar in sound (M-W).
Using car-associated words like "rev" is not necessarily a pun. Using something like "A Vroom with a View" is. And no, that's not any better. But it is a pun.

At 8:10 AM, June 19, 2006, Anonymous DLo said...

Thanks for pointing that out Lisa. I was thinking that I must have not understood the definition of pun when I was reading those and those in previous entries.


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