Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated action comedy spy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film is the sequel to the 2006 film Cars. In the film, race car Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) head to Japan and Europe to compete in the World Grand Prix, but Mater becomes sidetracked with international espionage.
[Mater has just forced Axelrod to admit he’s the one behind the plot to sabotage the races to make everyone go back to using oil instead of alternative fuel by deactivating the bomb attached to Mater, who gives a satisfied smirk as two police cars surround Axelrod to arrest him, allowing Mater to open Axelrod’s hood to reveal… ]
Finn McMissile: The engine from the photo.
Holley Shiftwell: It’s a perfect match.
Sir Miles Axlerod: How did the tow truck figure it out?
Lightning McQueen: [to Mater] It’s official. You’re coming to all my races from now on.
Mater: Now you’re talkin’.
[the two friends give each other a ‘high-five’]
Mater: Oh, for a second there I thought you was trying to fix my dents.
Holley Shiftwell: Yes, I was.
Mater: Well then, no thank you. I don’t get them dents buffed, pulled, filled or painted by nobody. They way too valuable.
Holley Shiftwell: Your dents are valuable? Really?
Mater: I come by each one of ’em with my best friend Lightning McQueen. I don’t fix these. I wanna remember these dents forever.
SERIES TRADEMARK: The Pizza Planet truck (appears in every Pixar film) appears twice: as a guest on the Tire Talk TV show and as a spectator near the end of the film (while Mater was flying on jet packs).
Finn McMissile’s license plate – 314-FNMC – includes Michael Caine’s birthday, March 14th.
On the plane ride to Tokyo, Mater and Lightning are watching a cars’ version of Takeshi’s Castle, an old Japanese game show.
Sir Tow Mater, or simply Mater, is a character in the 2006 animated Pixar film Cars and its sequel as well as the spin-off series Mater’s Tall Tales. He is voiced by Larry the Cable Guy and inspired by a 1951 International Harvester tow truck. Originally portrayed as a sidekick and friend to Lightning McQueen, he had a breakout role in Cars Toons: Mater’s Tall Tales and in other media related to Cars.
Mater’s design is based on a 1951 International Harvester boom truck once used to lift equipment from mine shafts in Cherokee County, Kansas.The Route 66 town of Galena is named for the lead sulphide ore galena, to which the series of small mining towns around Baxter Springs owe their boom and subsequent bust. The original truck is currently based at a former Kan-O-Tex Service Station in Galena; the station was restored as a Route 66 diner and souvenir shop by Four Women on the Route one year after the film’s 2006 release.
Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, a Southern-accented tow truck from Radiator Springs.
Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, a Piston Cup racecar.
Michael Caine as Finn McMissile, a British spy car.
Emily Mortimer as Holley Shiftwell, a fellow British intelligence agent, new to field work.
John Turturro as Francesco Bernoulli, McQueen’s main racing rival from Italy.
Eddie Izzard as Sir Miles Axlerod, a British electric car who created Allinol.
Thomas Kretschmann as Professor Zündapp, the doctor from Germany, Axlerod’s assistant.
Joe Mantegna and Peter Jacobson as Grem and Acer: Professor Zündapp’s henchmen.
Bruce Campbell as Rod ‘Torque’ Redline, an American spy car.
Out of respect for Paul Newman, who died in 2008, Doc Hudson Hornet from Cars (2006) is not included in Cars 2 (2011). An early scene implies that Hudson has died. However, Fillmore the VW van, once voiced by George Carlin who also died in 2008, appears here voiced by Lloyd Sherr. Red the fire truck, once voiced by Joe Ranft who died in 2005, also appears, but doesn’t have any dialogue or vocalizations.
Pixar is known to include references to their upcoming productions. Characters from Pixar’s next feature, Brave (2012), can be seen (as cars) in a piece of artwork on the wall in the pub in London.
Cars 2 was released in the United States on June 24, 2011 (five years after the first film). The film was presented in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, as well as traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. The film was first announced in 2008, alongside Up, Newt, and Brave, and it is the 12th animated film from the studio.Even though the film received mixed reviews from critics, breaking the studio’s streak of critical success, it ranked No. 1 on its opening weekend in the U.S. and Canada with $66,135,507 and topping international success of such previous Pixar works as Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Cars, and WALL-E.
Best-known for his cross-dressing stand-up comedy routines, British actor/comedian Eddie Izzard was born on February 7, 1962 in Aden, Yemen while his parents were there on business. After working as a street performer and in smaller comedy venues throughout the 1980s, Izzard received his big break with his one-man comedy show Eddie Izzard: Live at the Ambassadors (1993). The show earned Izzard a Laurence Olivier Award nomination for outstanding achievement and garnered Izzard his first British Comedy Award for top stand-up comedian.
The name Miles Axlerod, as voiced by Eddie Izzard, was taken from one of Izzard’s stand-up routines about the invention of the wheel and axle.
His original color was Baby Blue, as shown in a flashback; however, over the years he has rusted into a light brown-orange color, with some of the blue still showing, though. He is missing his hood and his left headlight. (However, in Mater and the Ghostlight, he trembles so much, his right headlight comes loose.) However, in the ending credits of the First Film, he receives his hood (which is still mostly Baby Blue) by lowering his hook, grabbing it onto the hood and pulling them back up again, says that he hasn’t seen his hood in 20 years, puts it back on, sneezing, having it fall off himself and then losing it again with it falling down a cliff.
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