My family and I were lucky enough to get a preview of Cars 2 last weekend and I have to tell you it was AWESOME! We have been looking forward to this sequel since the moment we found out about it. Cars is hands down my son Aaron’s favorite movie, to the point that he acts out the scenes with his own cars. Here’s what the synopsis on the movie:
Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
I love the 60’s spy film vibe that this movie gives, and Michael Caine is pure perfection as Fin McMissile. Fun fact in Toy Story 3 there is a poster of Finn McMissile in Andy’s room. Other fun facts from the film:
- Lightning McQueen’s “Lightyear” tires are in reference to Buzz Lightyear.
- Lightning McQueen’s number, 95, is a reference to the year 1995, when “Toy Story” was released.
- The number A113, which refers to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton’s former classroom at CalArts, makes an appearance in every Pixar film. Mater’s license plate is A113.
- The World Grand Prix announcers in “Cars 2” are named after and voiced by icons of the sports world. Darrell Cartrip is voiced by NASCAR legend Darrell Waltrip; sportscaster Brent Musburger voices the character Brent Mustangburger; racing driver and sportscaster David Hobbs voices the character David Hobbscap.
- In “Cars 2,” there is a secret spy passphrase involving a certain detail about the Volkswagen Karmann Ghia. This passphrase was the brainchild of “Cars” franchise guardian Jay Ward(who is quite possibly the nicest man on the planet), who drove a Karmann Ghia in high school.
I don’t want to give away too much about the movie, but it was nice to see it focus on Mater. There are so many funny moments, especially in the Tokyo sequence, that will have you laughing days after seeing it. Plus when the “villains” are Gremlins and Pacers it’s hard not to laugh.
When you go see the movie be sure to get there for the previews so you can catch a Toy Story short called Hawaiian Vacation. I hope this comes on the DVD with Cars 2 because it was hilarious. I love Barbie and Ken, they made Toy Story 3 for me, and it’s great to see them again.
Thank you again to the people at Moroch and Walt Disney Studios for making this advanced screening possible. Be sure to race in and see Cars 2 opening today!
Congrats to Jamie who won the Cars 2 giveaway! Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize!