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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

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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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2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Professor Z is a Zündapp Janus, a strange German microcar made by the Zündapp motorcycle company from 1957-1958. The name 'Janus' came from the Roman god, based on the unusual design of having the doors at the front and rear - passengers in the rear faced backwards. It had a 250cc engine with an optimistic top speed of around 50MPH and, due to the unusual weight configuration, handled very poorly. See more »


When Mater, Finn and Holley are in the jet, the lines on the carpet between Finn and Holley change between shots (before the hologram is seen). 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 »


Featured in The Blockbuster Buster: Cars 2 (2012) See more »


Piensas (You Might Think - Spanish Version)
Written by Ric Ocasek
Spanish Lyrics by Brian Amadeus Moderatto, Xavi Moderatto, Mick Marcy and Elohim Corona
Performed in Spanish by Brian Amadeus Moderatto, Xavi Moderatto, Mick Marcy and Elohim Corona
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An action-filled fun change of pace
26 June 2011 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

Sometimes you go to a Pixar movie and get a deeply insightful, heart-tugging classic that sings to the deepest corners of the human condition.

And sometimes you go to a Pixar movie for some uncomplicated fun and adventure.

"Cars 2" is unapologetically the latter; it never reaches the emotional depths of "Up" or "Toy Story 3", but it never tries to be. Instead, this is a family-friendly action-packed adventure movie, the kind of movie you watch because you just want to sit back and enjoy the spectacle. Whether it's the gorgeous scenery, the breakneck chase sequences, or Finn McMissile's never-ending arsenal of cool gadgets, "Cars 2" is a movie that simply wants you to have fun as you follow along with its whirlwind escapades.

Some might feel this is a disappointment from Pixar, but I think that's being unfair -- after all, no one begrudges Steven Spielberg for producing both "Schinder's List" and "Indiana Jones".

"Cars 2" isn't high art, but it never tries to be. Even the best creators deserve to cut back and have fun once in a while.

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