Release with the Disney feature Bolt, Tokyo Mater was part of Pixar’s Cars Toons series based on the characters from the hit movie Cars. This series of short cartoons feature the characters Mater and Lightning McQueen in various theatrical shorts.
In Tokyo Mater a routine towing assignment lands Mater in Tokyo where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of his friend, “Dragon” Lightning McQueen, and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become “Tow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters.”
Premiered on The Disney Channel on March 12, 2010.
The fourth released in the “Cars Toons” series. The “Cars Toons” shorts debuted in October 2008 and reached 78.3 million unique total viewers in 2009, including 26.6 million among target age group kids 2–11.