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Cars 2 (2011)

G  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  24 June 2011 (USA)
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Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.


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Cast overview, first billed only:
Mater (voice)
Finn McMissile (voice)
Grem (voice)
Professor Z (voice)
Acer (voice)
Sally (voice)
Darrell Waltrip ...
Darrell Cartrip (voice)
Uncle Topolino (voice)
David Hobbs ...
David Hobbscap (voice)
Patrick Walker ...
Mel Dorado (voice)


After Mater gets his best friend, star race car Lightning McQueen, a spot in the very first World Grand Prix, he is given the job of pit crew chief. But while they are in Japan, Mater crosses paths with Holley Shiftwell, a spy searching for an American spy. Unknown to Mater, the American spy attached a tracking device on him while being attacked. Thinking the tow truck is the spy, Holley and another spy, Finn McMissile, take Mater around the world to find and stop an evil plot created by "lemons," old cars considered ugly. Written by Mr. Top Hat

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Going where no car has gone before.


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Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Auta 2  »

Box Office


$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$66,135,507 (USA) (24 June 2011)


$191,450,875 (USA) (9 December 2011)

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Technical Specs


Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The script originally had five races with Paris and Germany in addition to Tokyo, London and Porto Corsa. As the story expanded and became too long during production, the German race was dropped and the Paris segment was reworked. See more »


Lightning McQueen calls Sir Miles Axlerod "Sir Axlerod" several times. The correct way to address him would be "Sir Miles"; a knight is addressed as "Sir" followed by his first name. See more »


[first lines]
Leland Turbo: [speaking into a video recorder] This is agent Leeland Turbo. I have a flash transmission for agent Finn McMissile. Finn, my cover's been compromised. Everything's gone pear-shaped. You won't believe what I've found out here. This is bigger than anything we've ever seen. And no one even knows it exists. Finn, I need backup. But don't call the cavalry, it could blow the operation. And be careful! It's not safe out here!
[sees something offscreen, gets alarmed]
Leland Turbo: Transmitting my coords ...
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Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the credits, the story of Mater and Lightning's trip around the world is told through pastel-like, mildly animated postcard pictures. See more »


Referenced in Hewy's Animated Movie Reviews: Brave (2012) See more »


Collision of Worlds
Written and Performed by Brad Paisley and Robbie Williams
Produced by Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley appears courtesy of Arista Nashville
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User Reviews

Hang up the Hawaiian shirt, Lasseter, you've sold out.
25 June 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As an ardent fan of the first Cars, I was shocked at what an absolute mess this movie is. I was prepared for a certain level of disappointment from the trailers, but I didn't expect the sheer second-rate train wreck that is this movie. All the heart of the first film has been chucked out the window on the way to cashing in on merchandising possibilities.

McQueen has been practically relegated to minor character status here (one wonders why Owen Wilson even bothered showing up). Occasional glimmers of clever humor are all but eclipsed by a rickety plot that can't bear the weight of all it's trying to accomplish. Mater's hi-jinx as the centerpiece of a ridiculous (and unfunny) spy plot go from annoying to disturbing as the violence ratchets up. While several critics have claimed this sequel is aimed at particularly young audiences, no other children's movie you're likely to see in the near future does more to glorify gun violence.

Pixar has sucked all the dimensionality out of every returning character, and the new ones it's added are so one-dimensional as to be nonexistent. This is a pathetic offering from a studio that should know better.

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