Last night, Disney Channel debuted three new ‘Cars Toons’ Shorty Shorts: ‘Hiccups,’ ‘Bugged,’ and ‘Spinning.’ The new Shorty Shorts are appropriately named since each one clocks in at under 90 seconds, while offering a quick and fun peek into the world of Cars. Directed by Jeremy Lasky and produced by Mary Alice Drumm, Disney Pixar ‘Cars Toons’ feature some of our favorite characters in new and surprising situations.
The new shorts are now available to watch on Disney.com. Click on any of the titles below to go directly to the video:
If you’re a faithful reader of the official Disney Parks Blog, you may have caught word of ‘Time Travel Mater,’ a brand new ‘Mater’s Tall Tales’ in the Cars Toons shorts series. If word of the new show is a surprise to you, you’re in great company. It turns out it was a surprise to even many of the most diehard fans.
In the short, which has some very core homages to the Back to the Future film trilogy (in fact, according to the Pixar Wikia – note: contains spoilers, it borrows from an unmade short titled ‘Backwards to the Forwards’), Mater learns he must rewrite history back in
1927 in order to ensure that Radiator Springs is founded by Stanley, who is alive and well. But when Mater brings back Lightning McQueen to assist him, he may have ended up with more than he bargained for.
The Disney Parks blog shared the following clip from the short:
Now here’s where it gets tricky. According to the blog, it will ‘premiere’ at Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure on June 15 and then re-air on ABC on June 16. We here aren’t crazy about waiting that long and we suspect you aren’t either, so taking a cue from Mater, we did some time traveling and history revising of our own.
If our calculations are correct, ‘Time Travel Mater’ will have already debuted on Disney Channel earlier this week in the wee hours of the morn. But you probably missed it and we don’t have enough plutonium to re-revise it. Instead, it will re-air on Disney Channel on Thursday night/Friday morning at 2:25 am ET, followed by Saturday morning at 10:55 am ET and Saturday night/Sunday morning at 3:25 am, Sunday morning at 10:55 am, Sunday night/Monday morning at 3:25 am and Monday night/Tuesday morning at 2:00 am. You get the picture. And if our calculations aren’t correct, we’ll just go back in time again and edit this post so it is.
One last tip: if you’re going to record the show on DVR, make sure to modify the settings so it begins recording at least a few minutes before and continues to at least a few minutes after. Some folks have complained of the first airing getting cut off.
Enjoy the show.
UPDATE #1: 6/8/12 – While it lasts, someone uploaded a very poor quality rip from Disney Channel to YouTube which you can watch below
UPDATE #2: 6/8/12 – Having written this article prior to seeing the short, I erroneously stated it took place in 1927. A reader anonymously provided very specific information but as I feel it may be somewhat of a spoiler, I will just leave it at omitting the year originally specified.
A new Disney/Pixar “Cars Toons” short will premiere FRIDAY, OCTOBER 8 (9:30 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney Channel. The animated short, directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and composed by Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”), will also be presented on Disney XD on Friday, October 15 at 7:27 p.m., ET/PT.
In the episode entitled “Heavy Metal Mater,” Mater is a rock star in a heavy metal band. He starts out in a garage band and rises to the top with his hit song, “Dad Gum.” Lightning McQueen joins him on stage in the middle of a huge concert and they rock into history.
On November 2, Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment will be releasing all of the Mater’s Tall Tales Car Toons, including “Heavy Metal Mater,” on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD formats, both of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com. In addition to all of the already aired shorts, two new shorts will be included: “Moon Mater” and “Mater, P.I.”
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment released the following trailer in promotion of its upcoming November 2 release of Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales on Disney Blu-ray/DVD.
The trailer offers just a glimpse of the two never-before-seen Mater’s Tall Tales, Mater Private Eye and Moon Mater.
Disney/Pixar’s ‘CARS Toon’ Blu-ray/DVD Joins November 2 Releases; Features All New Shorts First Revealed on Stitch Kingdom
In addition to Toy Story 3, November 2 will also see the release of Disney/Pixar’s CARS Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales on Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack and DVD formats, both of which are now available for pre-order on Amazon.com.
Rev up your engines for this unforgettable collection of Cars Toons starring Mater, the lovable and hilarious tow truck from the hit movie Cars. From the creative minds of Disney/Pixar come nine highly entertaining “Tall Tales” involving bullfights, drag races, rock concerts, monster truck showdowns and even UFOs; plus, check out the new, exclusive, never-before-seen Cars Toons “Mater P.I.” and “Moon Mater.”
Join Mater, the heart and soul of Radiator Springs, and all your favorite characters from the world of Cars as they take you on a fun-filled ride that will have your family roaring with laughter!
The disc will include 9 of the Mater’s Tall Tales shorts, the first seven of which includes Rescue Squad Mater, Mater the Greater, El Materdor, Unidentified Flying Mater, Tokyo Mater, Monster Truck Mater and Heavy Metal Mater. The additional two shorts will be Mater PI and Moon Mater, CARS Toon shorts we first alluded to way back in March.
DVD/Blu-ray bonus features include:
- Paths To Pixar
- Studio Stories-McQueen Has No Hands
- Mater Bumper-to-Bumper
- Making Mater’s Tall Tales
- Unmade Tales-Intro by Rob Gibbs
- Cars Toons Story Reels
- Cars Land Sneak Peek
- Mater Private Eye Trailer
On a related note, Cars Toon: Mater’s Tall Tales for the Nintendo Wii will be released on September 14.
(hat tip to Upcoming Pixar)
Ohhh yeah! Whatcha gonna do when the Tormenter runs wild on you?
In this new sneak peek of Monster Truck Mater courtesy of our friends at the Disney Channel and Disney XD, Tow Mater finds himself rocketing to the top of the monster truck wrastlin’ circuit as the Tormenter. Marvel as the Tormenter takes on evil monster truck baddies such as Dr. Feel Bad and Paddy O’ Concrete.
But when the goin’ gets tough, the tough get tagged in and that’s when you call upon on your partner: Frightening McMean.
[Due to licensing agreements with Disney XD, this video has been removed.]
Monster Truck Mater will premiere on The Disney Channel on July 30 at 9:30 pm ET.
Don’t forget to check out our recent report on some of the new Monster Truck Mater die casts and collectible toy sets coming from Mattel too, featuring the Rastacarian and others.
Disney Consumer Products kicked off its 2010 holiday tour this past week in New York City and brought representatives from every division imaginable to show off all of the new wonderful products you’ll be finding on the shelves this holiday season and we were there to help spread all the joy with you.
Many of the items from Disney Store are old favorites packaged in new ways with exclusive bonus items. For example, the Cars Toons diecast cars will be packaged as a collectible bundle for $119.50 and includes Mia and Tia as exclusives (actual cars not on display). Toy Story 3 collectible figures will be bundled together ($69.50 full retail), offering Lotso and the Alien trio as exclusives.
Also being released is a Rescue Squad Mater Rescue Squad Chopper set ($49.50) which includes Rescue Squad Mater, Lightning McQueen and an exclusive Ambulance diecast car. The side panel of the chopper pops open to reveal storage space for several of the vehicles.
Hot on the heels of the recent release of the limited edition 16″ talking Jessie doll comes a formal dressed Woody (complete with leather hat) and Buzz Lightyear. These are essentially the same as the existing Toy Story 3 dolls from Disney Store except that they’re jazzed up a bit. The best part is that while Jessie was $79.50 alone, you can get this class act duo plus a copy of Toy Story 3 for just $99.50 with a limited edition size of 5,000 pieces.
Over at Mattel, the focus was on the new upcoming Cars Toon, Monster Truck Mater, which I was able to watch before checking out the toys inspired by it. On display were some previously announced items such as the Monster Truck Wrastlin’ Playset and large Frightening McQueen car. New items included die cast editions of some of the characters from the short including Frightening (Lighting McQueen), Tormenter (Mater) and some of the opponents including Rastacarian, Dr. Feelbad and the I-Screamer. The I-Screamer and Tormenter displayed actually have really neat fighting moves in which they can ‘punch’ with their front wheels (no kung fu grip however). There will be additional diecast cars produced based on the short as well.
On the Toy Story side, Mattel and LEGO had some sets on display that were previously embargoed until the film’s release such as a few of the ActionLink! sets and the LEGO incinerator set. But the prize for toy of the day went hands down to the spaceship belonging to the Evil Dr. Porkchop, from the opening sequence to Toy Story 3.
The Millenium Falcon of toys, this baby does everything. E-v-e-r-ything. Hamm as the Evil Dr. Porkchop rides up front in the cockpit while the body of the ship also opens up, exposing jail cells and various rooms in the ship. And if things get too hot, Porkchop can drop down into an escape pod and exit the ship’s mouth before you can say bacon. If that’s not enough, the ship lights up and produces sound effects at the press of a button. The ship will come with three figures including Hamm as the Evil Dr. Porkchop, but not necessarily Buzz and Woody. I’m afraid I don’t recall the exact MSRP for it, but it’s either $59.99 or $69.99.
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The 107th annual American International Toy Fair is about to kick off in New York City and we couldn’t be more excited. In honor of the 1200+ exhibitors showing off their latest and greatest in toys, we thought we’d take a sneak peek at some of the new Disney toys from Mattel that you can expect to find at your favorite retailer later this year.
We’ll start with this summer’s most anticipated event: Toy Story 3.
First up is the Buzz Lightyear Deluxe Action Wing Pack (Ages 6+; MSRP $49.99; Available May). Junior Space Rangers can sport this backpack style gear which — at a touch of a button — pops out a set of their very own wings, useful for flying or simply falling with style. Other buttons speak some of Buzz’s most popular catchphrases, but the coolest part of all is that the wings can sense when they’re in the horizontal position and will automatically play ‘flying’ noises. When the mission’s been accomplished, the wings contract at the press of a button.
If you’ve been following the TS3 news and have seen the new trailer, you probably already know that Ken (Michael Keaton) joins the Toy Story family and given that Mattel is the home of Ken and Barbie, the Barbie Toy Story 3 Made For Each Other Gift Set (Ages 3+; MSRP $24.99; Available May) is a zero-brainer. The pair of dolls help re-live the magic of the film dressed in the style as they appear on screen.
All-new episodes of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars Toons,” an animated short series directed by Academy Award©-winner John Lasseter with Rob Gibbs co-directing and starring Lightning McQueen’s rusty friend Mater, will debut beginning FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 20 on Disney Channel, Disney XD and ABC Family. They are titled “Unidentified Flying Mater,” “Monster Truck Mater,” “Heavy Metal Mater” and “Tokyo Mater.”
Mark Mothersbaugh (“Devo”) composed the music for three episodes and BT (“The Fast and the Furious”), a prominent composer of dance and electronic music, scored “Tokyo Mater.”
The four new stories follow the popular shorts that began debuting in October 2008 and which have reached 22.9 million Kids 2-11, or 56% of all kids in that age group in the U.S., and 67.5 million total unique viewers.
“Cars Toons” are directed by John Lasseter, (“Cars,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story”) and co-directed by Rob Gibbs (“Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc” and “Toy Story 2″). Kori Rae (“The Incredibles” and “Monsters Inc.”) is the producer. Victor Navone (“Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.”) co-directed the episode “Tokyo Mater.”
In “Unidentified Flying Mater,” premiering Friday, November 20 on Disney Channel, Mater meets a cute little bucktoothed UFO named Mator, takes him out for a night of fun and they quickly become best friends. But when Mator is captured by the military, Mater and Lightning McQueen come to the rescue.