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Monday, January 25, 2010

New Concept Art: Pixar's CARS 2

Jim here. We have what seems to be an artistic story panel for the upcoming stereoscopic 3D Disney/Pixar CARS 2. It was obtained through Disney's Annual Report and via PixarPlanet.

That is Japan's Mt. Fuji in the background (Click to enlarge). They are obviously introducing a new Formula 1 character pictured racing behind Lightning McQueen - speed should definitely be a factor! :-)

The storyline goes like this (WARNING - SOME SPOILERS!):
Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), his pit team and new pit boss Mater head around the world for the Race of Champions, to take place in five different countries and involve the champions of different disciplines like Formula One and rally driving. First up is a race in Tokyo, starting at Mount Fuji and heading downtown; then there's a German race through the Black Forest; then "Porto Corsa" in Italy, which is based partly on the Monte Carlo Grand Prix; then a 24-hour race around Paris (so somewhat like Le Mans then) and finally a thrilling climax in London, approaching Buckingham Palace (where the guards appear to be Land Rovers).

But all this racing is not the only focus. Mater, who we know from the series of cartoon shorts Mater's Tall Tales (more on that in our blog in a minute) is prone to exaggeration, gets involved in a "Hitchcockian" case of mistaken identity, saves the life of a British secret agent called Finn McMissile (who looks a heck of a lot like an Aston Martin) and becomes embroiled in a huge spy thriller. Only no-one believes him. That too comes to a head at Buckingham Palace.

Along the way there are towtruck-abroad pictures to be taken at the Oktoberfest in Germany (where Mater wears "Materhosen") and harassing the aforementioned Palace Guards.

Brad Lewis (the Producer of Ratatouille - my fav Pixar movie!) is directing and the movie is slated for release June 24th, 2011. I have a great feeling about this one!!

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