George Carlin (Cars, Cars: The Video Game, Unidentified Flying Mater) Brian George (Cars: Mater-National Championship) Mark Silverman (Cars Race-O-Rama) Lloyd Sherr (Cars 2, Cars 2: The Video Game, Cars Toons: Mater's Tall Tales, Cars Land, and Cars Toons: Tales from Radiator Springs)
"Respect the classics, man! It's Hendrix!"
—Fillmore, after Sarge complains about his music being too loud.
Despite their constant bickering, Fillmore's best friend is Sarge, although they don't often show it.
Creation and development
Some of the Cars staff members have said that Fillmore was to originally be named "Waldmire", after a Route 66 resident that the crew befriended on their road trip to research the film. However, his namesake was a vegan, and since Fillmore toys would be featured in McDonald's happy meals, he didn't want the character to use his name, and the name was soon changed to Fillmore.
In Cars, Fillmore is watching the light with Sarge and Ramone when Lightning comes speeding through Radiator Springs with Sheriff in pursuit. The two later become friends toward the end of the movie, when Lightning consults him for a fuel change.
In Cars: Race-O-Rama, Fillmore returns as a playable character, and also can be seen during some races in story mode.
The World of Cars Online
In The World of Cars Online, Fillmore played a major role, as he owns Fillmore's Fields and he makes Fizzy Fuels, which were fuels you could buy for your car that made them do special actions, such as burping and backfiring. Fillmore opened up a minigame where you can help him make Fizzy Fuels. His fuel mixing area was sabotaged in August 2010 by Chick Hicks.
Fillmore and the rest of the pit crew got on the plane, and flew to Tokyo. There, they went seeing some of the sights in Tokyo. And then, he was at the party in Tokyo. Then when the party was over, Fillmore, along with the rest of the pit crew, wondered what was up with Mater.
The next day, he was in the pits with the rest of the pit crew, helping Lightning to win the race. Then, he and the rest of the pit crew saw Mater's letter and started to cry.
Later, he and the rest of the pit crew went to Santa Ruotina, where Luigi's Uncle, Uncle Topolino lived. Then during the race in Porto Corsa, he notices that Lightning looks sad. He thinks that Lightning is worried that the fuel will blow up his engine, so he says to Lightning that the fuel is safe, only that Lightning replies that he wishes that Mater was with him.
Later, when they are in London, he was again in Lightning's pit crew, helping him through the race. Then when Mater came, he was surprised to see him. Then when he saw Mater using rockets, he was even more surprised. He wasn't seen fighting the lemons, probably because he's a pacifist.
Then when they get home, everyone wonders why Lightning didn't get killed by the lemons' camera. Then Fillmore reveals that Sarge switched Lightning's fuel with his organic biofuel.
Cars 2: The Video Game
In Cars 2: The Video Game, Fillmore makes another appearance as a playable character, unlocked once access to Clearance Level 2 is granted. An alternate skin of him, titled Brand New Fillmore, can be unlocked by earning the "Ready, Set, Go!" badge. Both versions of him are heavy weights.
In Disney Infinity, FIllmore is a cast member in the Cars Play Set. He gives the player the missions Corny Concoction, Fillmore's Ulitmate Fuel, Tractor Rescue, Gourd Gatherer and Tricky, Tricky. He can be unlocked as a toy box townsperson in the Toy Box by opening a character chest.
In Cars Land, Fillmore will be serving fruits and vegetables at Fillmore's Taste-In. He also appears at Flo's V8 Cafe in Radiator Springs Racers next to Sarge, who sees the riders coming into town and says "Incoming!" Fillmore then exclaims that he is falling in love, only to have Sarge tell him that it's just a bad spark plug.
Physical description and traits
Fillmore is modeled off of a 1960 Volkswagen Type 2 Bus, to support the fact that he is an older car. This type of car, often called a "Hippie Bus", was a popular mode of transportation among hippies and people who shared a culture like Fillmore's. In fact, the buses were often painted and decorated to reflect the values of the hippies, similar to the designs painted on Fillmore.
His license plate reads "51237", a reference to his actor George Carlin's birthday (May 12, 1937).
Fillmore is painted light green, with "Peace", "Groovy", and "Love" painted on either sides of his doors, as well as various swirl and flower designs. On his front, he has the VW logo, as well as chrome headlights. He has light green rims, surrounded of course by black tire treads. He has a license plate on his front.
Fillmore has a calm nature, sporting the mood of peace and love. He has a love for organic fuel, and brews his own brand right in Radiator Springs.
Powers and abilities
Fillmore has shown to have decent racing abilities, with outstanding boost and stability, though his acceleration is weak, with decent handling as well, as seen in the Cars video games.
Though Fillmore and Sarge argue all the time, the two are actually very good friends at heart. Some of his other friends include Lightning McQueen, who he works as a team member for, and various other Radiator Springs townspeople such as Ramone, Flo and Luigi.
Fillmore has also shown dislike towards Professor Z and his team of lemons, who his friends fought in London.
"Fillmore is Radiator Springs' resident hippie. A believer in individuality and all things natural, he brews his own organic fuel and preaches its many benefits. Visitors can try Fillmore's special flavors in the tasting room behind his love-bead and tie-dye-covered geodesic dome. His many conspiracy theories and "naturally" unkempt yard drive his neighbor Sarge absolutely crazy."
Cars: Mater-National Championship
Paint jobs: 1
Unlocking criteria: Unknown
"Radiator Springs’ resident hippie Fillmore is an easy-going, peace-loving 1960s Volkswagen van. And as his friend and neighbor Sarge likes to say, “once a hippie, always a hippie.” At his popular shop Fillmore's Taste-In, Fillmore brews his own fuel, which he sells with Bohemian accessories like tie-dyed mud flaps. But when he learns that the World Grand Prix will be run exclusively on the alternative fuel Allinol, Fillmore closes up shop and signs on as the fuel expert for Team Lightning McQueen.
Cars 2: The Video Game
"What can be said about a van who sells tie-dyed mud flaps and organic fuel? Fillmore was a hippie in the 60's, and he's a hippie today. When he's not busy driving Sarge crazy, Fillmore spends time introducing cars to the power of his Organic Fuel."
Weight Class: Heavy
Brand New Fillmore
"Take away the bumper stickers he's collected over the years and what do you have? A shiny new Fillmore who's ready to take on the world."
Weight Class: Heavy
How to unlock
Found randomly in a character chest or the vault in the Cars Play Set.
"I'm telling you man, every third blink is slower." - Cars
"Fly away Stanley, be free." - Cars
"How about some organic fuel?" - Cars
"You know, some automotive yoga could really lower your RPMs, man." - Cars
"Respect the classics, man. It's Hendrix!" - Cars
"There's a lot of love out there, man." - Cars
"So, turn left to go right, right?" - Cars: The Video Game
"A new batch of special brew, my friend." - Cars: The Video Game
"Good stuff, huh? I call it my Super Octane Boost Juice." - Cars: The Video Game
"Only one way to find out. man." - Cars: The Video Game
"Relax man. Boost just wastes it." - Cars: Mater-National Championship
"Careful man. You're burning through that stuff pretty fast." - Cars: Mater-National Championship
"Woah! Watch it with the boost, man." - Cars: Mater-National Championship
"If you fuel up right man, you won't have to use that." - Cars: Mater-National Championship
"Aw c'mon man, you don't need to go there." - Cars: Mater-National Championship
"Woah, so not cool!" - Cars: Race-O-Rama
"Oh! Bummer, man." - Cars: Race-O-Rama
"HEY!" - Cars: Race-O-Rama
"Woah! That hurt." - Cars: Race-O-Rama
"Congratulations, man!" - Cars 2
"Far out!" - Cars 2
"Oh, you don't wanna know." - Hiccups
"Cool!" - Hiccups
Names in other languages
One of Fillmore's bumper stickers reads "Save 2D Animation." Another reads, "I brake for Jackalopes", a reference to Boundin'.
As revealed in the video games, Fillmore is both a pacifist and a Pisces. Despite being a pacifist, he can be seen with weapons in Cars 2: The Video Game.
Fillmore has the most voice actors out of anyone in the series.
Fillmore and Fred are the only two characters in Cars who have front license plates, and Fillmore may be the only character in Cars 2 with a front license plate.
Fillmore is the second Cars character whose original actor died, preceded by Red and succeeded by Doc Hudson and El Machismo.
Fillmore is the name of an auditorium in San Francisco, California, in which many popular musicians performed in the counterculture era of the sixties and seventies. Fillmore represents a popular vehicle amongst "hippies", a subculture of the American counterculture.
In most of his Video Game appearances, he has blue eyes, although in films, artwork, and on diecasts, he has brown eyes.