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In tandem with Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar has arguably become the sole film studio that both impresses the critics and delights moviegoers the world over with its films. Despite the slight critical fumble the studio made with Cars, Pixar decided to give it a sequel due to its box office success. Here is the synopsis, courtesy of Hey U Guys:
“Synopsis: Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in ‘Cars 2’ when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.
John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning ‘Cars.’ ‘Cars 2’ is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film ‘Ratatouille,’ and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, ‘Up’; visual effects executive producer, ‘Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith’).”
Though I’m one who really couldn’t care any less for Cars, this synopsis is surprisingly intriguing. Sure, the concept is a mess, but who thought that an old man flying in a house with a little boy and talking dog sounded like a good movie? Exactly. It’s essentially Pixar’s mission to take stories that sound bad on paper and turn them into masterpieces. The image below is of the first film’s protagonists Lightning McQueen and Mater dashing away from a plane and also comes from Hey U Guys.