PHOTOS: Ka-chow! ‘Cars 2′ Heroes Roll Into Town for New York International Auto Show

Lightning McQueen lifesize remote controlled vehicle

It seems like forever ago that we first met Finn McMissile and were the first to announce the national State Farm-sponsored ‘Agents on a Mission‘ tour of life-size remote controlled versions of Finn, Lightning McQueen and Tow Mater in honor of the June 24th release of Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2. Fortunately for us, the waiting and heavy anticipation paid off in spades as the trio made their way to New York City just in time for the 2011 New York International Auto Show and were none worse for the wear.

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CONFIRMED: Disney/Pixar Weekend Event at Epcot, May 13-15

Disney/Pixar Weekend at EpcotVia the official Disney Parks blog, Walt Disney World has confirmed Stitch Kingdom’s original report on the gala celebration in honor of Pixar’s 25th Anniversary and the release of Cars 2 during the final weekend of Epcot’s International Flower & Garden Festival.

The official announcement does make note of a few differences, however, namely that many character greetings will take place inside the World Showplace and around the World Showcase, but not in the Future World area.

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‘Cars 2′ Introduces Nearly 1,000 New Characters and More Fun Facts (Minor Spoilers)

Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studios have provided us with these exciting fun facts about the upcoming summer blockbuster, Cars 2 which features old friends and — as you will soon find out — just a few new ones.

LOTS OF CAR-ACTER

‘STICKERS’ NO MORE Lighting McQueen is voiced by Owen Wilson.

  • He is a Pixar design with a V-8 engine, 750 horsepower and rear-wheel drive.
  • He has coil-over shocks with tubular A arm front suspension, a solid axle rear end and vented disc brakes at all four wheels. He also has air flaps on his roof to prevent flipping.

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‘Cars 2′ New Concept Art, Character Design and Progression Example

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Disney/Pixar has provided us with a slew of gorgeous new concept art and character design images for Cars 2.

It’s absolutely riveting (bad pun not intended) to see first-hand how a Lodge spark plug from around 1937 and a Bugatti grill influenced the design of the Eiffel Tower and how Ratatouille helped with Notre Dame as well as the other influences on landmarks in the film such as the Tokyo Imperial Palace, Big Bentley, New House of Parliament and St. Paul’s Cathedral.

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Disney ‘D23 Magazine’ Summer 2011 Issue Sneak Peek; On Newsstands May 3

Disney D23 Magazine, Summer 2011The summer issue of Disney twenty-three magazine hits stands May 3, filled with features that will take readers from the depths of the sea to the edges of outer space. In the swashbuckling cover story on Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, director Rob Marshall and actors Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane and Richard Griffiths take D23: The Official Disney Fan Club into the action-packed world of the highly anticipated film.

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‘Cars 2′ Meet England’s The Queen, Prince Wheeliam and More Plus Two New Retro Posters

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Disney/Pixar has released a new set of hi-res character stills and profiles of new friends from its upcoming summer blockbuster sequel, Cars 2.

But first, here are two new retro posters for London, England, added to the beginning of the gallery below.

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Cars 2 races into theaters on June 24, 2011

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‘Cars 2′ Soundtrack to be Released June 14; Toys Roll Out May 16; Individual Triptych Posters in Hi-Res

'Cars 2' original motion picture soundtrackAmazon.com has begun taking pre-orders for the original motion picture soundtrack to Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 with an anticipated release date of June 14, 2011. No additional information is available at this time other than it is scored by Michael Giacchino.

Amazon.com also now lists Rev/Racers Lightning Mcqueen and Siddeley Spy Jet from Mattel as being available starting May 16. Previously we were aware the Cars 2 toys would begin rolling out in May in anticipation for the June 24 film, with about 25% of the more than 300 items being held off until fall 2011.

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‘Cars 2′ Rolls Out Stunning Triptych (Hi-Res)

From Tokyo to London to Paris to Porto Corsa, this new triptych from Disney/Pixar’s Cars 2 is a literal feast to the eyes. While Lightning McQueen leads the pack in Tokyo, Finn McMissile is taking his fight to the streets of London much to the dismay of Miles Axlerod (and Professor Z, needless to say). Meanwhile, both Mater (who was recently revealed to acquire machine guns in the sequel) and Holley Shiftwell take to the air, although it appears that Holley’s flight is self-propelled.

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‘Cars 2′ Meet Japan’s Okuni, Kingpin Nobunaga, Pinion Tanaka and Zen Master Plus New Retro Posters

Disney/Pixar has released a new set of hi-res character stills and profiles of new friends from its upcoming summer blockbuster sequel, Cars 2.

But first, here are three new retro posters focusing on this week’s topic: Tokyo, Japan, including the movie-style poster we last saw done for Germany, except here we get a look at Mater after a few upgrades (added to the beginning of the gallery below).

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‘Cars 2′ Meet Max Schnell and Miguel Camino; New Retro Posters

Disney/Pixar has released a new set of hi-res character stills and profiles of new friends from its upcoming summer blockbuster sequel, Cars 2.

But first, here are new retro posters for Paris, France, Porto Corsa, Italy and Germany.

Click on any of the images below to see a larger version. If you see the resize arrows on the image, you can click it to see the original size version.

Cars 2 races into theaters on June 24, 2011

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