Cars 2 is the sequel to the 2006 film, Cars. It is produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures.
The film is directed by John Lasseter and co-directed by Brad Lewis. It features the voices of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Michael Caine and Emily Mortimer.
Released in Disney Digital 3-D, IMAX 3D, RealD 3D and 2-D.
Star race car Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater 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.
Three voice actors of the original film Cars have died since its release:
George Carlin (who voiced Fillmore) died on June 22, 2008 due to heart failure. Fillmore has been cast in Cars 2, and will be voiced by Lloyd Sherr.
Paul Newman (who voiced Doc Hudson) died on September 26, 2008 due to cancer. John Lasseter was adamant at first that Newman would return. After Newman's death, Lasseter said they would "see how the story goes with Doc Hudson." It has been confirmed that Doc Hudson will not be returning for the film.
In addition, Joe Ranft (who voiced Red) died on August 16, 2005, ten months prior to the release of the first film, due to an automobile accident. Red will be appearing in the film.
[from trailer] Finn McMissile: Finn McMissile, British intelligence.
Mater: Tow Mater, average intelligence.
Cars 2 is fun. Whether that's because John Lasseter is in touch with his inner child or mine, I cannot say. Reviewed by: Roger Ebert of The Chicago Sun-Times.
Lasseter is back behind the wheel, and you can feel his love for all things automotive in every frame. No humans blot this anthropomorphic romp. Cars do all the talking. Reviewed by: Peter Travers of The Rolling Stone.
Just who is Pixar aiming this movie at? Contemporary children or their great-grandparents? Reviewed by: Liam Lacey of The Globe and Mail (Toronto).
Parents need to know that this fast-paced sequel to Pixar's hit movie Cars is more like a kid-friendly James Bond action thriller than the original movie's fish-out-of-water adventure. There are more high-speed chases here than in the original and a surprising amount of gun violence; a couple of car characters are even killed, which makes the G rating a bit of a surprise. Expect a bit of mild language, including insults like "idiot" and "fool," as well as tame flirting between smitten cars. The movie's overall message of being true to yourself and loyal to your friends is coupled with an overt call for alternative fuel and environmentalism. Reviewed by: Common Sense Media.