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Cars 2 (2011)

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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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John Lasseter, Brad Lewis (co-director)

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John Lasseter (original story by), Brad Lewis (original story by) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Larry the Cable Guy ... Mater (voice)
Owen Wilson ... Lightning McQueen (voice)
Michael Caine ... Finn McMissile (voice)
Emily Mortimer ... Holley Shiftwell (voice)
Eddie Izzard ... Sir Miles Axlerod (voice)
John Turturro ... Francesco Bernoulli (voice)
Brent Musburger ... Brent Mustangburger (voice)
Joe Mantegna ... Grem (voice)
Thomas Kretschmann ... Professor Z (voice)
Peter Jacobson ... Acer (voice)
Bonnie Hunt ... Sally (voice)
Darrell Waltrip ... Darrell Cartrip (voice)
Franco Nero ... Uncle Topolino (voice)
David Hobbs David Hobbs ... David Hobbscap (voice)
Patrick Walker Patrick Walker ... Mel Dorado (voice)
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Storyline

The famous race car Lightning McQueen and his team are invited to compete in the World Grand Prix race. There, McQueen's best friend Mater finds himself involved in international espionage, and alongside two professional British spies attempts to uncover a secret plan led by a mysterious mastermind and his criminal gang, which threatens the lives of all competitors in the tournament. Written by MadMovieManiac

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Taglines:

Going where no car has gone before. See more »


Certificate:

G | See all certifications »

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Official Sites:

Disney [UK] | Official Facebook | See more »

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | French

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Cars 2 See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$200,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$66,135,507, 26 June 2011, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$191,452,396

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$559,852,396
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Color

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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

Finn McMissile was originally conceived for an unused scene in the first film, where Lightning McQueen and Sally were seeing a spy movie, featuring McMissile, while on a date. See more »

Goofs

Mater is having trouble entering the roundabout at the Arc de Triomphe. Incoming traffic has the right of way at this roundabout. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Alternate Versions

In international versions of Cars 2, Jeff Gorvette is replaced in World Grand Prix welcome party in Tokyo by a completely different character, voiced by a regionally better known racer than Jeff Gordon. However, they only replace him in the scene where Lightning meets him at the party in Tokyo as well as when that scene appears in Mater's nightmare. They don't replace him in the races or when the racers are shocked at Mater drinking from the water fountain after eating a lot of wasabi. Most of these characters use the same body shape as Max Schnell. These include: Frosty voiced by Mark Winterbottom Australian release Fernando Alonso voiced by Fernando Alonso Spanish release Vitaly Petrov voiced by Vitaly Petrov Russian release Jan Nilsson voiced by Jan Nilsson Swedish release Long Ge Chinese (both Mandarin and Cantonese versions, however, not Taiwan) release Memo Rojas, Jr. voiced by Memo Rojas, Jr. Mexican release Sebastian Schnell voiced by Sebastian Vettel German release (Also appear in other releases, but voiced by other voice actor, called Max Schnell, and don't appear at this scene) Carla Veloso voiced by Claudia Leitte Brazilian release (Also appear in other releases, but voiced by other voice actor and don't appear at this scene) Raoul ÇaRoule some French releases (Also appear in other releases, but don't appear at this scene) In Ukrainian release both Jeff Gorvett and Lewis Hamilton renamed after their voice actors: Sheva (Jeff Gorvett) voiced by Andriy Shevchenko Mochanych (Lewis Hamilton) voiced by Oleksiy Mochanov However, they still looks like Jeff and Lewis. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Estrenos Críticos: Sexo y Cars 2 (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

Mon Coeur Fait Vroum (My Heart Goes Vroom)
Music by Michael Giacchino
Lyrics by Scott Langteau and Michael Giacchino
Performed by Bénabar
Produced by Michael Giacchino and Bénabar
French adaptation by Boualem Lamhene
Bénabar appears courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment France
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Not what my kids and I expected...
24 June 2011 | by atrpunkSee all my reviews

Espionage, assassinations, sabotage of renewable energy, propaganda, corporate cover-ups, media manipulation and The Mob...

James Bond? Nope. Jason Bourne? Nope.

Disney/Pixar's CARS 2. Wow. This movie wasn't at all what I was expecting. In the second serving of Lightning McQueen and his pals, they take their show to the international stage in a world championship race-off sponsored by oil-alternative manufacturer, Allinol. But turmoil behind the scenes pulls the gang into a world of spies, the Mob, Big Oil, evil German scientists and hit men. Now they have to save the world before it's too late. Oh, and they race too. The animation is amazing. Water, large balloons, backgrounds during races...pay attention because the quality of the graphics in this one are world-class. There are some goofy, funny moments and some nice one- liners for the older crowd. The themes of being true to yourself and bonds of friendship run strong throughout this film but it's the remainder of the message that worried me. There were non-stop put downs throughout and some other questionable topics. I was beginning to question the G rating when the villain ordered his henchmen to "kill" several other cars. Thinking back to the innocence and the good spirit of the first movie, I began to wonder how we got from there to here. Adventures in racing take a back-seat to the more mature plot of an espionage thriller. Looking around the theater, I could tell that kids younger than 4 or 5 were beginning to get lost. Even my ten-year-old had a hard time understanding the socio-political messages. On top of all that, I'd be willing to bet that Cars 2 is a contender for most guns, explosions and bullets fired in a G-Rated movie. This movie had much more violence than the first one.

Aside from the appropriateness of the movie, it wasn't bad. All the likable characters from the first movie were back with bigger roles like 'Mater & Luigi and there were many new characters added that also brought their own personalities into the mix. To me, this was an espionage-thriller so the added bonus of some comedy made the movie move right along at a good pace.

It was engaging for me, I enjoyed it, but the entire time I couldn't help but wonder why Disney/Pixar chose to tell this story through a kids movie.


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