Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

In a few months, the Disney-Pixar animated Cars film will mark its 10th anniversary. Because of its setting included the fictional Route 66 town of Radiator Springs, the film brought several years' worth of new tourists to the real Route 66. Based on Route 66 News' steady and solid traffic over the years with the story about the … Continue reading Decade-old Cars film still draws tourists to Route 66

“Cars 3” appears to be slated for 2018 release

"Cars 3," the second sequel of the Disney-Pixar animated films that were rooted on Route 66, appears to be scheduled for a 2018 release, according to a report from Sao Paulo Disney Expo in Brazil by Pixar Brazil Blog. A reporter at the expo May 27-28 took a few photographs of a Disney employee in … Continue reading “Cars 3” appears to be slated for 2018 release

Pixar short film uses Route 66 motel as its setting

An upcoming short film by Pixar Animation Studios, "Sanjay's Super Team," uses a Route 66 motel as its setting. That's because the short's director, Sanjay Patel, saw his parents buy and operate Route 66's Lido Motel in San Bernardino, California, according to the Los Angeles Times. His family still owns the motel. The short film will be … Continue reading Pixar short film uses Route 66 motel as its setting

A chat with Rock Cafe’s Dawn Welch

KC Keefer, continuing with his Genuine Route 66 Life video series, talks to Dawn Welch, longtime owner of the historic Rock Cafe in Stroud, Oklahoma. Welch talks about the Route 66 restaurant's up-and-down history, including her role in the Disney-Pixar "Cars" movie and the restaurant nearly being destroyed by fire in 2008. https://youtu.be/rXZ5p1qfm8Q More can … Continue reading A chat with Rock Cafe’s Dawn Welch

Traveling Route 66 exhibit planned for Europe

Three men are planning an unprecedented traveling Route 66 exhibit that will be taken around Europe -- which is a hotbed of enthusiasm for the Mother Road. The men planning the exhibit are Jim Farber, who helped shepherd the current "Route 66: The Road and the Romance" exhibit at the Autry National Museum at Los … Continue reading Traveling Route 66 exhibit planned for Europe

It’s official: There will be a third “Cars” film

Disney-Pixar plans a second sequel to the animated "Cars" movie, according to Variety and many other media outlets, although we'd long reported it would happen. Disney CEO and chairman Bob Iger made the announcement during the annual Walt Disney Co. shareholders meeting Tuesday in Portland, Ore. However, author Michael Wallis, a Route 66 consultant to … Continue reading It’s official: There will be a third “Cars” film

John Lasseter’s introduction at the Route 66 roundtable

The folks at the World Monuments Fund a few hours ago posted this video that played at the beginning of the "Route 66: The Road Ahead" roundtable a few weeks ago near Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. If you're a newcomer to Route 66, John Lasseter directed the Route 66-inspired 2006 Disney-Pixar film "Cars" … Continue reading John Lasseter’s introduction at the Route 66 roundtable

Michael Wallis confirms there will be a “Cars 3”

Michael Wallis, author of "Route 66: The Mother Road," recently traveled to Alton, Ill., for a reunion of Western Military Academy alums. You'll hear him during this 25-minute interview on WGBZ radio in Alton about the military school, plus Route 66 and his role in the movie "Cars." But about the 22-minute mark, you'll hear … Continue reading Michael Wallis confirms there will be a “Cars 3”