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Ready to Race

The sequel to Disney/Pixar's hit movie Cars revs into theaters this weekend

July 11, 2011

Mater, Lightning McQueen and their new spy friends are out to save the world in Cars 2.

What do you get when you mix spies, adventure, action and talking cars? There can be only one result: Cars 2! In this hilarious sequel to Disney/Pixar's hit 2006 animated movie Cars, the friendship between racing champ Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his tow truck buddy Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) is put to the test.

It all starts when Sally, McQueen's girlfriend, suggests that McQueen take Mater along to the first-ever World Grand Prix racing competition. McQueen agrees, and soon, the pair are leaving the little town of Radiator Springs and heading off to Japan, Italy and England. But in the middle of the kick-off race in Tokyo, Japan, Mater is accidentally swept up into a secret spy mission—and causes his best friend to lose his first-place finish as a result.

Upset with himself for ruining McQueen's race, Mater decides to go home. Before he makes it onto the plane, however, he's stopped by British spy cars Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer). Someone is trying to sabotage the World Grand Prix, and they need Mater's help to find out why and who. Now the fate of the entire race lies in his four clumsy wheels.

For the Love of Cars

On June 17, TFK Kid Reporter Taylor Pannell took part in the Cars 2 press day in Hollywood, California. There, she got the scoop behind the movie from the head of Pixar himself, John Lasseter. Lasseter, who also directed Cars 2, says the inspiration for the sequel came from his desire to merge his two loves, the spy genre and his passion for cars, into one movie. "The little boy in me came out during the making of this movie more than any other," Lasseter told TFK.

What kind of advice would Pixar's chief creative officer give to kids who dream of one day working for his company? The most important thing to remember, he says, is that perseverance pays off. "When you start studying the arts, everyone wants to skip past the basic beginning classes and jump to using the cool new computer tools and software," Lasseter says. "People forget that the software will be replaced over time, but there is no replacement for people who have mastered the basics.

Kid Reporter
Taylor Pannell


TFK also spoke with Larry the Cable Guy, the voice behind the scene-stealing tow truck, Mater. Larry says his experience as a stand-up comedian helped him a lot in this film. Plus, he says, "it's fun to play a part that everyone likes... and Mater gets all the laughs!" Does he think he'll still be doing Mater's voice when he's, say, 85 years old? "I'll do Mater as long as they want me to do Mater," Larry told TFK.

That's a good thing, because the lovable tow truck will captivate young audiences for years to come.


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