Car Model: 1979 Shyster Cremlin
Premiered in: Cars (2006)
Voiced By: Michael Keaton
I’m going to be perfectly honest here, Cars is not one of my favorite Pixar films. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a cute movie, a great one for kids, but that’s all that it is even by the admittance of its creators. A movie answering the childhood question of what a world where cars are alive would be like. With the view of a child, the antagonist of the film Chick Hicks is strictly that. A bully but overall not even comparable to the likes of Scar or even the Queen of Hearts.
With an adult’s point of view however…
Chick Hicks is a great racing car but he is nothing close to being the best. As seen in the beginning of the film, his claim to fame is being amongst the top three but never truly placing in first. I think that’s one of the main reasons why Chick has so many sponsorship stickers covering his person. That of he is really desperate for the same amount of adoration that other, better, racing cars have.
However, that does not make up for the fact that Chick Hicks is an incredibly sore loser the likes of which I’ve never seen anywhere else, real or fictional. The dude throws an absolute fit every time he loses and though it’s touched upon lightly in the opening scene, Chick is proven to be a heartless sociopath on the racing track. In the opening scene, he purposefully causes a crash that wrecks almost every car on the track just so that Lightning can’t overtake him and win the Piston Cup. It’s bad enough to imagine such a scene with human drivers involved but imagine how all of those cars must have felt.
Chick Hicks manages to get under the radar with this behavior though due mostly to the fact that there were far too many cars and nowhere near enough cameras to catch him in the act. In the end though, his own hubris catches up with him as Lightning is heading straight for the finish line and the ol’ King of the Piston Cup right in front of Chick as usual. This infuriates Chick so much that he purposefully sideswipes the King and the blow sends the ol’ car flying through the air before he crashes. Seeing this, Lightning immediately grounds to a halt and turns his back on the finish line, letting Chick cross it and winning the cup just so that he can do something far greater than winning an empty cup.
Helping a legend finish his last race.
In a way, Chick Hicks was unique amongst villains both Disney and Pixar in that he got exactly what he wanted but also got precisely what he had deserved. He got the Piston Cup alright but with it, he earned the scorn of the entire world and, I’m sure, more than a few charges to his name.