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More details released for “Cars 2”

More details about the Disney-Pixar movie “Cars 2” were released today by Disney and picked up by a variety of media outlets.

First, here at left is the official poster for the 2011 film. also posted an official photo from the movie.

And, according to, here is the official synopsis of the movie:

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 CarsCars 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). The film hits the track on June 24, 2011, in the US.

The description pretty much matches others of the plotline — in essence, “Cars 2” is steering away from the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs in favor of a spy-comedy caper. Of course, the thought of having a lovable rube such as Mater involved in international intrigue already is enough to make me smile.

A few Route 66ers may grouse about the film’s characters away from the Mother Road. But “Cars 2” certainly will reignite interest in the original 2006 “Cars” movie and lead to an additional surge of travelers on Route 66. also reports that Disney will release the official “Cars 2” trailer tomorrow. We’ll post it when it becomes available.

UPDATE: Here’s the trailer:


2 thoughts on “More details released for “Cars 2”

  1. Deonne Kahler

    I just met Harley Russell from the first Cars movie (and his wife Annabelle) in Erick, OK, and they were a highlight of my trip. A crazy highlight, but a highlight nonetheless (ha). They’re quite proud of their involvement with the movie (justifiably so), and get their own post on my blog tomorrow.

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