Okay, I watched it again. Here’s my argument for a storyform with some illustrations (Part of OS and MC through lines only for now). I think the other static story points we have are correct (still not 100% on Decision vs. Action -- leaning toward Decision as @Hunter suggested but I'm not strong on that point.
DOMAIN: Physics; CONCERN: Obtaining
The story is fundamentally about the activity of racing and specifically the goal of obtaining the Piston Cup.
ISSUE: Attitude vs. Approach
All the characters have attitudes toward each other that cause conflict. Both McQueen and Chick Hicks are incredibly arrogant, talking trash to each other (the heart of their rivalry). McQueen has a superior attitude toward all the residents of Radiator Springs; Doc and Sally have a negative attitude about the outsider McQueen.
From the beginning the characters' drive to Hinder each other causes conflict. In the first race we see Chick Hicks crashing into other cars in at attempt to hinder them (keep them from winning) and it’s only a miracle that McQueen is able to jump over the pileup.
When McQueen tries to leave Radiator Springs, the other characters hinder him from leaving by imprisoning him, forcing him to fix the road, syphoning his gas, etc.
Chick Hicks is back at it with his nasty tricks at the end of the movie, crashing into The King and McQueen to hinder them and keep them from winning.
Learning to accept help from others — especially his new friends — is the key to McQueen’s resurgence and almost-win in the last race. The Radiator Springs friends help him by becoming his pit crew, and he accepts their help.
Twice Hicks tries to drive him off the track, and twice McQueen survives by using the driving tricks he learned from his friends in Radiator Springs. (Dirt track turning and driving backwards). Especially with the dirt track example, this was a trick that McQueen only learned by finally accepting Doc’s help.
DOMAIN: Universe / CONCERN: The Future
Getting stuck in Radiator Springs is, from a personal point of view, a untenable Situation for McQueen that prevents him from achieving the Future that he dreams of and believes is his for the taking. We see him dreaming of this future early on, as he fantasies about winning the Piston Cup, becoming the new Dynaco rep, making movies, etc.
ISSUE: Preconception vs. Openness
Synonyms for Preconception: “prejudice, closed mindedness, narrow mindedness, intolerancy, stubbornness, unwillingness to reevaluate” …. which all describe McQueen’s arrogant attitude, which gets him into trouble again and again.
Okay, so I’m having a little trouble separating the parts of this in the OC vs. MC through line. But he basically keeps getting hindered, making bad decisions and hindering his own efforts. (Sorry this could be better illustrated).
McQueen’s growth comes down to both learning to accept help from other and giving up his own goals to help others. (Many examples).
What do you all think?