John Lasseter, the Oscar-winning director of the 2006 Disney-Pixar movie “Cars” and a guiding force for many other Pixar Animation Studio films, received an honorary star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday.
Check two vehicles that showed up at the vehicles:
“Cars” stars who attended the ceremony included Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, Owen Wilson, and John Ratzenberger. Two musicians who made key contributions to the soundtrack, Randy Newman and Brad Paisley, also were there.
“Cars” used real-life people and landmarks on Route 66 to inspire the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs in the film. Lasseter and other Pixar crew members actually toured Route 66 to gather material for the film. “Cars” helped bring a new generation of children and their parents to the Mother Road.
The Los Angeles Times posted a good story about the ceremony.
UPDATE: Here’s video from the ceremony. It was classy how Lasseter turned his speech into a tribute to Pixar founder and Apple magnate Steve Jobs, who died last month:
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