With just a few days to go before the premiere of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 in theaters nationwide on June 24, Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with a few dozen new hi-res stills from the film, all of which have been added to the beginning of our gallery below.
Last week, Stitch Kingdom contributor Anthony Bucci had the opportunity to join Larry the Cable Guy in a roundtable to talk about his role in Cars 2 (June 24, 2011) as Mater, the Radiator Springs tow truck and best friend of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). Along the way, Larry shares his feelings on working with John Lasseter and Pixar, his hopes for a Cars 3 and his desire to dance, dance, dance.
For your convenience, the interview has been transcribed, more or less, in its entirety, which you can find below the video recording.
Welcome back to Tokyo, Japan, clipville! In this brand new clip from Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, night has fallen on the city and the tracks are as dirty as dirt can be. As it turns out, it may even be too much for one of the world’s most self-beloved racers, Francesco Bernoulli, but with a little guidance from pit crew and best bud Mater, Lightning McQueen seems to be able to manage to help him secure the lead in Tokyo, leaving Franceso in the dust — literally.
Earlier today, Walt Disney Studios Italy released a brand new trailer for Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2. Although (naturally) entirely in Italian, there is plenty of new footage from the film to be spotted here. In fact, some of it is tied directly to certain plot points, but out of context, probably doesn’t reveal all too much.
Most importantly, perhaps, is that it also features a line spoken by Mama Topolino, who as we reported earlier, is voiced by Hollywood legend Sophia Loren in 21 countries where the movie won’t be presented in English. In those countries, Mama Topolino speaks entirely in Italian via Ms. Loren.
Recently, we took a look at how Disney/Pixar is taking advantage of their medium and the global appeal of car racing by substituting Jeff Gordon’s character, Jeff Gorvette, with five other drivers who are more readily recognized by the respective local audiences.
Today, Walt Disney Studios Australia has shared the very same clip we’ve seen with Jeff Gordon and Fernando Alonso in the Spanish version, this time replacing the character with Frosty, the alter-ego of Australian V8 Supercar driver Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom. What makes this clip really unique, however, is that the film is in English and features the original cast which means this clip features lines recorded by Owen Wilson specifically for this localization of the film.
Disney/Pixar has offered up this viral video for ‘V12′ TV which uses clips from Cars 2 to spoof popular television programs, such as Law & Auto: SUV, Dancing with the Cars, I Didn’t Know I was Leaking, Dr. Fill It Up and American Idle.
UPDATE: Please note that the teaser trailer for Planes has been removed at the request of Walt Disney Studios. We look forward to sharing it with you at a later date.
In this new clip from Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2, we’re finally out of Tokyo, Japan and on our way to the not-quite-real town of Porto Corsa, Italy. Here we find Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) on board the spy train Stephenson (named in honor of the ‘father of railways,’ George Stephenson).
Mater has received some of his upgrades (all voice-activated since everything is nowadays), one of which allows him to disguise himself. Here we see Mater fancy himself in a set of materhosen, as a monster truck (‘I vant to siphon your gas!’) and a taco delivery truck.
This new clip from Cars 2, just released from Disney/Pixar, picks up right where the ‘Mater Meets Finn McMissile‘ clip leaves off. Finn, who Mater recognizes as having participates in what he believes to be a ‘car-ate’ demonstration in the streets, spots Dr. Z’s henchmen, Grem and Acer, hot on their bumpers, so he plans for a quick escape via the airport’s ‘carmac’ while Mater demonstrates his ‘car-ate’ prowess and brags about a move in which he can reach into a car’s hood, rip out the battery and show it to the victim before he stalls, a move appropriately titled ‘what I accidentally did to my friend Luigi once.’
Beyond the posters and (sometimes loosely) translated titles, there has always been an element of localization in films from Pixar Animation Studios. Famously, in a scene in Toy Story 2, the North American version featured the flag of the United States, while international versions featured a spinning globe.
This same approach is being taken to the streets of the World Grand Prix in Cars 2, but in a much more evolved way. Take this scene for example, which features NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon (as Jeff Gorvette) and Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton:
Now here’s a little known fact: while Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile tour North America, Lightning’s buddy and transporter Mack has packed up a touring Cars 2 attraction and has been toting it all around Australia since January.
Walt Disney Studios Australia has offered up this video which features highlights from the tour as well as V8 Supercar driver Mark ‘Frosty’ Winterbottom who talks about his character in the film and the experience of providing a voiceover in an animated film.