"Going where no car has gone before."

Cars 2 is Pixar's 12th feature film. It is the sequel to Cars.


The film begins with British spy car Finn McMissile sneaking into a suspicious Oil Platform and find that evil scientist Professor Z is in command of the operations there, but he is discovered and is forced to escape without getting enough info about the Professor's schemes. Meanwhile after winning the Piston Cup for the fourth time, Racecar Lightning McQueen returns to Radiator Springs and rejoins his best friend tow truck Mater.
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McMissile escapes from Professor Z's oil rig.

While watching the announcement of the first World Grand Prix sponsored by former oil tycoon Miles Axlerod to promote his new renewable fuel, Allinol, Mater gets angry when F1 car Francesco Bernoulli starts boasting about how he is far faster than McQueen and he manages to contact the TV studio by phone to confront him. McQueen intervenes and accepts Bernoulli's challenge to race against him into the Grand Prix.

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McQueen and Mater head to Tokyo

By suggestion of McQueen's girlfriend Sally Carrera, Mater travels with him to Tokyo, Japan to the first race of the Grand Prix, but McQueen is worried if Mater could manage to behave properly. His fears are confirmed when Mater creates a series of ruckus in the debut party. While going to the bathroom, Mater comes across two thugs confronting an American secret agent named Rod "Torque" Redline, who slips a device containing classified info into his body without him noticing, and is approached by McMissile's assistent, Holley Shiftwell who mistakes him for the agent and they agree to meet during the race in the following day. Rod Redline is then captured and brought to Professor Z who reveals that

Mater introduces himself to McMissile

cars fueled with Allinol explode when exposed to a high level of radiation. He makes a demonstration on the agent himself after figuring that Mater has the info and orders his men to capture him. The race in Tokyo begins and Bernoulli soon takes the lead until he is surpassed by McQueen. Z's agents make use of a radiaton beam disguised as a camera to ignite the Allinol in some competitors, leading to some

Grem sabotages the race using a radiation beam disguised as a camera

accidents. McMissile and Shiftwell find that the agents are coming after Mater and manage to have him flee to the streets by hacking the transmitter he is using to pass instructions to McQueen, which ends up having McQueen surrendering the lead to Bernoulli by mistake. McMissile manages to save Mater from his persuers, but McQueen blames Mater for losing the race and claims that he does not need his help anymore. Saddened for having his best friend angry on him, Mater leaves to the airport to take a plane home but once again he is persued by the Professor's thugs just to be rescued in time by McMissile. Still mistaking him for a secret agent, McMissile and Shiftwell ask Mater to help them thwart Z's plans.
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McQueen is greeted by locals in Santa Ruotina

In Italy, where the second leg of the Grand Prix is being held, Mater manages to infiltrate one of the criminals' meetings diguised as another tow truck. He finds that the mysterious chain of accidents occurring during the races is part of a plan to discredit the Allinol and ensure that all cars keep using conventional fuel to secure the profits of their organization who managed to secure the largest unexplored oil resources in the world.
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Lightning and Bernoulli fight for the #1 position in Italy

With most cars out of the race due to the explosions, McQueen and Bernoulli end up in first and second respectively. Miles Axlerod states that with the Allinol under suspicion he decides to suspend use of the fuel for the third and final leg in England, but McQueen states that he trusts Axlerod's fuel (by Fillmore's advice) and will keep using it. The criminals then decide to have McQueen killed in the next race. Mater reveals himself by accident and rushes to warn his friend, but is captured along McMissile and Shiftwell before being able to do so.

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Mater and Finn McMissile are held captive in Big Bently

Mater wakes up tied up in London inside Big Bentley with McMissile and Shiftwell, also tied up, minutes away from being crushed by its gears. The last race begins and the criminals use the radiaton device on McQueen, but surprisingly, nothing happens. Mater learns that a bomb was put into Lightning's pit crew area, set to explode when McQueen stops there, and Mater manages to escape to warn his friends.

The World Grand Prix racers drive through the streets of London

McMissile and Shiftwell succeed in freeing themselves as well, but find that the bomb is actually on
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Mater's bomb

Mater, swapped with his air filter. They warn him about the bomb just when he is about to rejoin the others, and Mater flees to protect them, with McQueen going after him unaware of the situation. Professor Z tries to detonate the bomb remotely only to find that the device is out of the signal's range. He then orders his thugs to corner Mater with his friends to have them explode together, but the army and the police (helped by Sheriff and Sarge) intervene and

Professor Z is captured by Finn and Holley

have him arrested. McMissile orders Zündapp to deactivate the bomb on Mater but he claims that only the one who installed it is able to do so. Mater then figures out that the true mastermind behind the criminals is no other than Miles Axlerod himself whose aim was to have the world relenquish the use of all alternative fuels in favor of the oil reserves in his posession. Axlerod ends up confirming
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Mater is knighted by the Queen of England

Mater's suspicion when he is confronted by him and forced to deactivate the bomb with a voice command to prevent it from killing everyone. For stopping Axlerod's plans, Mater is knighted by the Queen and returns home with his friends where the cars from the Grand Prix take part into their own, unofficial Radiator Springs Grand Prix. Fillmore reveals that he replaced Lightning's Allinol before the last race with his own organic fuel mixture, which is what prevented Lightning from being affected by the radiation. McMissile and Shiftwell pay a visit to Mater and invite him to join them in another secret mission, but he declines, claiming that he is in the place he should be.

Voice cast

Three voice actors of the original Cars film have also died since the first film had been released. Joe Ranft, who voiced Red and Jerry Recycled Batteries, died in a car accident in 2005 during production of the first film. Red appears in the movie and does an inaudible cry.

George Carlin, who voiced Fillmore, died of heart failure in June 2008. Lloyd Sherr will provide the voice of Fillmore in the film.[2]

Paul Newman, who voiced Doc Hudson, died in September 2008 after losing an ongoing cancer battle. Lasseter was at first adamant that Newman would return, even though he had announced his retirement from acting. After Newman's death, Lasseter said that they would see how the story goes with Doc Hudson.[7] Finally it was chosen that Doc won't be voiced by another actor in the movie, having him deceased instead.[8][9]

In international versions of Cars 2, Jeff Gorvette is replaced in one scene by a different character, voiced by a regionally better known racer than Jeff Gordon: [10]

Notables voices in the international versions are Sophia Loren, who voices Mama Topolino in 21 non-English countries, and also Jacques Villeneuve who voices David Hobbscap in the French versions.[16][17]


It is released in Disney Digital 3-D, IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and 2-D.


Cars 2 was originally scheduled for a 2012 release, but Pixar moved the release up a year.[7]


A storyboarded scene which was used during the production of the movie

John Lasseter conceived the sequel's story while traveling around the world promoting the first film. He said, "I kept looking out thinking, 'What would Mater do in this situation,' you know? I could imagine him driving around on the wrong side of the road in the UK, going around in big, giant traveling circles in Paris, on the autobahn in Germany, dealing with the motor scooters in Italy, trying to figure out road signs in Japan."[18]

The spy theme of Cars 2 emerged from a scene developed for Cars, which would have seen Lightning and Sally go to the drive-in movie theater, where they would have seen a spy film. Although the scene didn't make it to the final film, John Lasseter loved so much the idea of spy cars that he kept it in is mind and it became a main element in Cars 2.[19]


From left to right: Denise Ream (producer), John Lasseter (director), Emily Mortimer (Holley Shiftwell), Larry the Cable Guy (Mater) & Michael Giacchino (composer)

Several members of the team watched numerous spy movies and studied the scenarist techniques and filming process. Lasseter watched as many spy movies as he could get to figure out the genre.[20] While looking at Ronin, story supervisor Nathan Stanton payed particular attention to how car chases are shot.[8]

Some members of the Cars 2 production team made a research trip in Europe in May 2009 were they visited 15 locations in 12 days.[21][8] They also got to Japan in October 2009.[22] Although supervising animators Shawn Krause and Dave Mullins weren't part of the trip, they were able to see and try race cars of several types to study how to animate the racing parts of the movie.[23]

It took a long time for the team to decide of the emotional center of the film. Notably Doc Hudson's death was envisaged as the emotional center of the film, as he could be considered as Lightning and Mater's father, but finally, this idea was abandoned, and Lightning and Mater's friendship was retained.[8]

It was originally planned that the World Grand Prix would be composed of five races rather than three, but two of them were removed because it was too much story to tell. The movie was also supposed to open in Prague, but Lasseter moved it to the ocean and the oil rigs, which he though would be a much more spectacular way of debuting the film and to announce its spy theme.[24]

In the original Cars, the landscapes and buildings included numerous car elements and mechanical pieces. For Cars 2, this technique, referred to as "Car-ification" appears more prominently due to the important number of places visited. Lasseter wanted the as much monuments as possible to be "car-ified".[8] Therefore, all famous buildings in the real towns visited received important modifications to integrate in their architecture car grills, headlights, pistons, spark plugs, and many other car pieces, although the general appearance is conserved. Some buildings are even renamed, as Big Ben that becomes Big Bentley. Many also get bigger proportions to fit a car scale. For example, the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame's Cathedral in Paris are 50% bigger than the originals.

In 2009, Disney registered several domain names in relation to the title "World Grand Prix".[25] However, so far only the title "Cars 2" has been released.


The teaser trailer for Cars 2 appeared on the Blu-ray and DVD editions of Toy Story 3 when it was released on November 2, 2010.

The full length trailer for Cars 2 was released on Pixar's official YouTube account on November 15, 2010 and later appeared in front of the animated Disney film Tangled.

From early 2011 to the opening of Cars 2, Disney/Pixar massively published stills, video clips and concept art from the movie. Characters of the film where also regularly revealed, and for most of them a turntable video was provided.

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The life-size model of Lightning McQueen, Finn McMissile and Mater

Life-sized remote-controlled models of Lightning McQueen, Mater and Finn McMissile were created for Cars 2 as part of the “Agents on a Mission” tour, presented by State Farm, to promote the film. The cars were exposed in several North American cities, including Detroit, Toronto, Phoenix, Philadelphia, New York, Boston, Washington, DC, and Miami, among others.

Disney also led a viral marketing campaign with the Twitter account @ChromeLeaks. The first video released, Cars N' Deals of Emeryville Sale-A-Bration!, contains a number of Pixar-related references, plus a hidden message that will bring you to a video with new Cars 2 footage.

For the occasion of the Royal wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton, Disney/Pixar published a poster and a video clip featuring footage from the movie in relation with the event.


Screenwriter Jake Mandeville-Anthony filed a lawsuit against Disney and Pixar, saying Cars and Cars 2 infringe on his copyright material, and have similarities to characters and a story he developed in 1993. Mandeville-Anthony claims he sent his story to a number of studios, including Pixar, and met with Jim Morris, then at Lucasfilm. He is asking for an injunction to stop the release of Cars 2[26]. The next hearing is scheduled for June 6, 2011.


Critical response

Cars 2 has received generally mixed reviews from film critics. As of July 2011, review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reports that 34% of critics have given the film a positive review based on 163 reviews, with an average score of 5.5/10. The consensus was: "Cars 2 is as visually appealing as any other Pixar production, but all that dazzle can't disguise the rusty storytelling under the hood." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a weighted average score out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, calculated an average score of 57% based on 37 reviews, indicating "mixed or average reviews". It is the least critically acclaimed Pixar film. Considering the low reviews given to a Pixar production, critic Kyle Smith of the New York Post said, "They said it couldn't be done. But Pixar proved the yaysayers wrong when it made its first bad movie, Cars. Now it has worsted itself with the even more awful Cars 2."

On the positive side, Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the movie 3 1/2 stars out of four, and said that "the sequel is a tire-burning burst of action and fun with a beating heart under its hood." He also praised its "fluid script" and called it a "winner". Justin Chang of Variety praised the film, calling it "the rare sequel that improves on its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than [a person] can shake a stickshift at." Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three and a half stars, saying; "At a time when some "grown-up" action films are relentlessly shallow and stupid, here is a movie with such complexity that even the cars sometimes have to pause and explain it to themselves."

Various comments on the New York Times reveiw criticize the film, saying that the G rating is innapropriate due to the violence, torture, attempts to kill, etc., but is good as a James Bond spoof.

Box Office Response

Cars 2 has earned an estimated $148,831,530 in the USA and Canada, and $121,600,000 in other territories, as of July 10, 2011, for a worldwide total of $270,431,530.[51] Worldwide on its opening weekend it made $109.0 million, marking the largest opening weekend for a 2011 animated titleref>"Cars 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 14, 2011. </ref> Worldwide on its opening weekend it made $109.0 million, marking the largest opening weekend for a 2011 animated title.[27]

Cars 2 was released in 4,115 theaters in the USA and Canada on June 24, 2011.[28] This set a record-high for Pixar, surpassing the studios' previous widest release Toy Story 3 (4,028 theaters),[29] and marked the widest release for a G-rated film.[30] It made an estimated $25.7 million on its debut Friday, marking the second-largest opening day for a Pixar film after Toy Story 3's $41.1 million, but it was still the third least-attended first day for a Pixar film, only ahead of Up and Ratatouille.[31] It also scored the fourth largest opening day for an animated feature, trailing only Toy Story 3, Shrek the Third ($38.4 million) and The Simpsons Movie ($30.8 million).[32] On its opening weekend as a whole, Cars 2 debuted at No.1 with $66.1 million,[33] marking the largest opening weekend for a 2011 animated feature, the fifth largest opening for Pixar,[34] the fourth largest among films released in June[35] and the third largest for a G-rated film.[36] In its second weekend, however, the film dropped 60.3%, the largest second weekend drop ever for a Pixar film, and grossed $26.2 million.[37]

Overseas, it grossed $42.9 million during its first weekend, finishing at #1. It performed especially well in Russia where it grossed $9,424,378, marking the best opening weekend for a Disney or Pixar animated feature (surpassing Tangled's $8.9 million and WALL•E's $5.2 million respectively) and the sixth highest-grossing opening weekend for an animated feature.[38] In Mexico, it made $8,242,857 during its first weekend, marking the 10th largest of all time, the fifth largest for an animated film and the second-largest for Pixar, trailing only Toy Story 3 ($15.1 million).[39] In Brazil, it earned $5,187,143 on its opening weekend ($7,083,757 with perviews),[40] marking the highest-grossing opening for Pixar and for a Disney animated film.[41] It also premeiered at No.1 with $5,159,522 in Australia, where it debuted simultaneously with Kung Fu Panda 2 and out-grossed it.[42] In New Zealand, it had a Pixar-high of $752,072, which stands as the fourth-largest opening for an animated film.[43] In Ukraine, it earned $931,201 on its opening weekend, marking the largest opening for a Pixar feature, the fifth largest for a Disney film and the fifth largest for an animated film.[44]

Attached short film

Hawaiian Vacation, the first episode of the Toy Story Toons series that is starring the Toy Story characters, was attached to Cars 2.




Character images

Concept art

Outdoor ads

See also


  1. Disney/Pixar Getting Back in the Fast Lane With Cars 2
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 2.5 2.6 Official Cars 2 press images
  3. Cars 2′ Introduces Nearly 1,000 New Characters and More Fun Facts
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  6. Pixar Employee Sonoko Konishi Provides Cars 2 Voice
  7. 7.0 7.1 Will Paul Newman's Character Return For 'Cars 2'?
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 8.3 8.4 Chitwood, Adam. "Story Supervisor Nathan Stanton CARS 2 Exclusive Interview". Collider. Retrieved 24 June 2011. 
  9. 2011 Movie Preview: 'Cars 2'
  10. Hollywood tailoring movies for overseas audiences
  11. Виталий Петров принял участие в озвучке анимационного фильма «Тачки 2» (In Russian)
  13. Memo Rojas debuts on the widescreen in Cars 2
  14. more info about Janne Flash Nilsson in Swedish
  15. CARS 2 - Filmclip Sebastian Schnell (In German)
  16. ‘Cars 2′ Character Stats, New Tokyo Party Clip and New Still as Sophia Loren Joins International Cast
  17. Disney donne un volant à Jacques Villeneuve (in French)
  18. John's trip to Europe gave him the idea for the second "Cars" film
  19. John Lasseter Goes Under the Hood of Cars 2
  20. Lesnick, Silas. "John Lasseter Goes Under the Hood of Cars 2". Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  21. Cars 2 research trip: Italy
  22. Cars 2 research trip: Tokyo
  23. Chitwood, Adam. "Supervising Animators Shawn Krause and Dave Mullins CARS 2 Exclusive Interview". Collider. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  24. Chitwood, Adam. "Producer Denise Ream CARS 2 Interview". Collider. Retrieved 25 June 2011. 
  25. Disney 'hints at Cars sequel title'
  26. Screenwriter Sues Disney/Pixar Claiming 'Cars' Was Stolen
  27. "WORLDWIDE OPENINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  28. "Cars 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  29. "Pixar". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  30. "WIDEST OPENINGS BY MPAA RATING". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 24, 2011. 
  31. Gray, Brandon (June 25, 2011). "Friday Report: 'Cars 2' Warms Up". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  32. "Opening Day Records at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
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  34. "Pixar". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  35. "TOP OPENING WEEKENDS BY MONTH". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  36. "TOP OPENING WEEKENDS BY MPAA RATING". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  37. Weekend Report: 'Transformers' Claims Independence Gross Record
  38. "RUSSIA – CIS ALL TIME OPENINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
  39. "MEXICO ALL TIME OPENINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  40. "Brazil Box Office June 24–26, 2011". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 29, 2011. 
  41. McClintock, Pamela (June 26, 2011). "Box Office Report: 'Cars 2' Races Past 'Kung Fu Panda 2' Overseas". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 27, 2011. 
  42. McClintock, Pamela (June 26, 2011). "Box Office Report: 'Cars 2' Debuts to $68 million". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved June 26, 2011. 
  43. "NEW ZEALAND AND FIJI ALL TIME OPENINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 28, 2011. 
  44. "UKRAINE ALL TIME OPENINGS". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved July 2, 2011. 
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