Tow Mater, Average Intelligence

John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct the 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). This issue we look at some of the highlights of this fast pace animated film.

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.

Check out some of the featurettes below on what to expect in this month’s POP of the Month!

Cars 2 Featurette – Mator Visits the bathroom

John Lasseter made his feature film directing debut with Toy Story in 1995.  He has since directed such Disney•Pixar classics as A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2 and Cars and served as executive producer of all other Pixar films to date.

He is currently the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios and principal creative advisor of Walt Disney Imagineering.

Cars 2 Featurette – Mator tries out his disguises

Cars 2 is the 12th feature-length animated film from Pixar Animation Studios (its first 11 have earned $6.5 billion at the global box office).  Pixar, which has earned 26 Academy Awards and six Golden Globes, celebrates its 25th Anniversary in 2011.

Cars 2 Featurette – Tokyo Arrival

Cars originally released on June 9, 2006, and grossed nearly $462 million worldwide. It was nominated for two Oscars and one Golden Globe, winning the first ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film.

Cars 2 Featurette – Japan fast dirt section

Don’t forget to be early for your movie because the Toy Story short film, Hawaiian Vacation will play before Cars 2.

Cars 2 opens in cinemas 25 August

Photos and Featurettes courtesy of Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Singapore

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