Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2′ New Hi-Res Character Images and Profiles

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Disney/Pixar has provided us with a new set of hi-res character stills from its upcoming summer blockbuster sequel, Cars 2, along with character descriptions of our old friends from Radiator Springs.

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Say Buon Giorno to Francesco Bernoulli from Disney/Pixar’s ‘Cars 2′

Francesco Bernoulli from Disney/Pixar's 'Cars 2'Thanks to some concept art we received for some upcoming merchandise featuring the stars of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, we now get a pretty good look at the Italian F1 racer known as Francesco Bernoulli. Unfortunately not too much is known about Francesco at this time, but it’s apparent with the merchandising push that he’ll be playing enough of a key role / rival when it comes to racing against Lightning McQueen in the World Grand Prix.

If Francesco looks familiar, you may have caught glimpses of him in the past. He first appeared in the Mt. Fuji concept art released for the film and later made a few quick appearances in the movie’s first trailer.

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Disney/Pixar’s ‘The Incredibles’ Given Blu-ray Release Date of April 12

Disney/Pixar's 'The Incredibles' on Disney Blu-ray/DVDAmazon.com has begun accepting pre-orders for Disney/Pixar’s The Incredibles on Disney Blu-ray with a scheduled release date of April 12, 2011. No addition details are provided at this time, but according to Pixar Talk, the blu-ray edition will consist of 2BD discs as well as a DVD version and contains all of the original DVD bonus features plus:

  • The Incredibles Revisisted – Roundtable Discussion
  • Paths to Pixar: Story Artists
  • Studio Stories: Gary’s Birthday
  • Ending with a Bang!: Making the End Credits
  • New Nomanisan Island Top Secret Redevelopment Plan (Interactive Feature)
  • A ticket to see Cars 2

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New ‘Cars 2′ International Poster

'Cars 2' Teaser Poster from RussiaAdding to the Cars 2 news today is this teaser poster from Bulgaria from filmche.net via IMP Awards.

Aside from featuring heroes Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater, the series of directional signs also includes cities that haven’t yet been discussed in the context of the Disney/Pixar film such as Berlin, Madrid and Moscow.

For even more information on Cars 2 including turnaround videos and hi-res stills of its stars, follow this live bookmark. Cars 2 rolls into theaters on June 24.

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Video: ‘Cars 2′ Lightning McQueen 360 Degree Turnaround

CARS 2: World Grand Prix Teaser PosterKa-chow! Check out this brand new 360 degree video turnaround of Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) as he appears in the upcoming Disney/Pixar film, Cars 2. Try to note in the particular the detailing specific to the Grand Prix race.

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the Cars saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe.

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‘Monsters, Inc. 2′ to be Prequel to Original Disney/Pixar Film (Spoiler)

Citing a Disney film catalog distributed to film owners, Disney Central Plaza has reported on the apparent official synopsis for the highly anticipated second installment of the Monsters, Inc. franchise. The official synopsis was seemingly not published, so it is summarized below.

Slated to be released on November 2, 2012, the second film will take us back to before a time when Mike Wazowski was top comedian, before James P. Sullivan was top scarer, even before the buddies joined the MI workforce. In fact it takes us all the way back to school — the University of Fear to be precise.

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Book Details Reveal Plot of Disney/Pixar ‘Hawaii’ Toy Story Toon Short

Call it Hawaii, Dream Vacation or even Play-cation!, the plot of the first Toy Story Toon has been revealed in an upcoming book from RH Disney now available for pre-order on Amazon.com:

Bonnie is off to Hawaii, and Barbie and Ken are excited to go along on their first tropical vacation! But when they’re accidentally left behind, it’s up to Buzz, Woody, and the rest of the toys to create a Hawaiian paradise right in Bonnie’s room. Based on the latest animated short featuring the toys from Disney/Pixar Toy Story, this full-color storybook includes punch-out postcards that girls and boys ages 3-7 will love sending to their friends!

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Disney/Pixar Pals to Grace United States Postage Stamps in 2011

United States Postage Stamps for 2011The United States Postal Service today announced its commemorative stamp program for 2011 and it includes some very familiar faces, fictional and not, including friends from several Disney/Pixar films.

The Send a Hello stamps are a natural outgrowth of the Art of Disney stamp series issued between 2004 and 2008. Originally intended as a series of three annual issuances depicting friendship, celebration, and romance, the Art of Disney stamps proved so popular that the Postal Service expanded the series to include issuances in 2007 and 2008 to celebrate imagination and magic. The Send a Hello series is meant to encourage people to connect with their loved ones via the United States Postal Service.

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Disney/Pixar’s Newest Short, ‘Hawaii,’ May Be Lead-in to ‘Cars 2′

Disney animator and Legend Floyd Norman took to Twitter recently to offer doll-size details on a new short from Disney/Pixar titled Hawaii which features Mattel’s Barbie and Ken from Toy Story 3 as they destine themselves for a ‘Dream Vacation’ to the exotic destination. Norman notes that doesn’t know which film this will be attached to, but we already know that one of the new Toy Story Toons (which we first speculated on back in March 2010 and later confirmed by Disney/Pixar) will be leading into Cars 2 as per Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich.

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‘Modern,’ ‘Tangled,’ ‘Alice,’ ‘Toys’ Golden Globe Noms for Disney

The Hollywood Foreign Press Association announced its list of nominees for the 68th Annual Golden Globes this morning and Walt Disney Studios, Disney/Pixar and Disney-ABC Television Group (DATG) offered up a solid selection of nominations in films and television.

Disney/Pixar’s Toy Story 3 is the weakest link in the nomination chain with a single, but very crucial nomination in the Best Animated Feature Film category in which it competes against Walt Disney Animation Studios’ own Tangled along with unsurprising entries from DreamWorks Animation, Universal Studios and Sony Pictures.

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