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Full throttle family entertainment
Full throttle family entertainment
Superstar racing car Lightning McQueen - voiced by Owen Wilson - and his trusty sidekick Mater take their friendship to exciting new places when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world's fastest car.
However plenty of potholes mark the road to the championship, when Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lighting achieve his dream of winning the high-profile race, or dealing with his own top-secret mission, set by suave British spy car Finn McMissile, voiced by the excellent Michael Caine.
If the original Cars movie was perhaps the one of the less engaging of Pixar's hugely successful animated features, John Lasseter and his team have definitely gone all out to create the unexpectedly delightful Cars 2.
It is usually quite rare to find a sequel that outdoes its predecessor, however with plenty of spy-movie spoofs and an abundance of automotive puns, Cars 2 not only outdoes the original, it screeches ahead in a cloud of dust leaving the first film in its tracks.
As Pixar recently demonstrated with Toy Story 3, the studio never ventures into the shady area of sequels without the essential ingredients of a good story and a clear purpose. Abandoning the slightly tired and nostalgic position of the first film, the script from relative newcomer Ben Queen delivers an escapist action-thriller suitable for all the family that moves swiftly and confidently, allowing no time for the viewers to do anything but sit back and enjoy the ride.
With the Pixar wonder-team behind it, the film is exactly the slick visual experience that audiences have come to expect, and the musical score from Michael Giacchino - which could quite easily have underlined the next James Bond movie – adds an authentic touch to the film and contributes towards the overall feel that this is not simply a kids cartoon.
The idea of enacting standard spy movie thriller sequences with animated cars is in all fairness absurd, however it is a testament to the cleverness of the film that it never seems this way. The characters' personalities have been honed perfectly, with each possessing more than enough individual traits to make the audience feel that they are not watching a film about cartoon cars. The tried and tested Pixar formula of including enough innuendos and references to amuse the parents while the kids remain oblivious is displayed expertly in this movie, and rest assured that while many family movies provide parents with two hours of mild boredom, Cars 2 really is a film that can be enjoyed by all the family.
Peculiar Pixar facts
The fictional takeaway company Pizza Planet - first seen in Toy Story - is referenced in every one of Pixar's animated features.
Each Pixar movie includes a character voiced by John Ratzenburger as he is regarded as the their "good luck charm".
The computers used to make the 2006 movie Cars were 1,000 times faster than those used for Toy Story eleven years before.
The first five Pixar films have collectively grossed more than $2.5 billion, equivalent to the highest per-film average gross in the industry.
In the 2001 hit, Monsters Inc., Sulley's fur has over 2,320,413 hairs.
Did you know?...
Lightning McQueen's number 95 represents the year Pixar released Toy Story.
You never see a human in Cars. Every character is a car, even bugs are mini Volkswagen Beetles.
Lightning was named after the late Pixar animator Glenn McQueen who passed away in 2002.
The tyres in the film are by 'Lightyear', a play on the name of tyre company Goodyear and a reference to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story.
The first Cars movie sold 5,000,000 copies in two days when it was released on DVD.
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