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.


John Lasseter, Bradford Lewis (co-director) (as Brad Lewis)


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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 Hobbscap (voice)
Patrick Walker Patrick Walker ... Mel Dorado (voice)


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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Did You Know?


In the beginning, when Finn is spying on the new weapon, if you squint your eyes, you will see it says the camera lens is zoomed in eighty-six times. This refers to the year Pixar was founded, 1986, and, you can possibly say that it is also a reference to Chick Hicks' number in the first movie. See more »


As Lightning & Mater are heading back into town after Mater's day of fun, Mater is on the left and Lighning on the right. Lightning drives in front of Mater to tell him he's having a quiet dinner date with Sally and when we cut back to Mater he's now on the right of the road. 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 »

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 »


Spin-off Planes (2013) See more »


Nobody's Fool
Written and performed by Brad Paisley
Produced by Frank Rogers
Brad Paisley appears courtesy of Arista Nashville
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Mater may be a good Sidekick, but a good Lead he is not!
24 July 2011 | by 3xHCCHSee all my reviews

"Cars 2" is an unusual case of a highly anticipated film that was not simultaneously released here locally as in the States. I wonder why? Anyway after I watched this film, I think I know why. For all the positive goodwill that the first Cars film had, this film was a relative disappointment.

I will not knock the artwork. This definitely maintains the high standards that elevate all Pixar films with regards to quality of animation. The racing and hi-jinx spy sequences done in familiar landmark locales all over the world were all very excellently rendered. There was action in the roads, underwater and the skies. This time we get to see talking boats and planes, aside from just the titular cars.

For me the problem was with the story. I think the complex spy story that underlies this installment, and the highfalutin spy lingo it uses, flies over the comprehension of the young kiddie audience it caters to. I do not think kids would fully understand about the issues on alternative fuels or on "lemon" cars. These "adult" issues that motivate the villains' violent actions will make it hard for kids to really get the story without parental explanation. I think it was not too cool to see cars being "killed" in some very violent scenes. I do not think it was a good idea to kids to see their gentle favorite Mater with rocket boosters and machine guns.

Contrary to most expectations, Lightning McQueen is NOT the hero of Cars 2. The central character in this one is Mater, whom we knew as the loyal sidekick. Unfortunately, for me at least, Mater did not cut it as leading man. His awkward country bumpkin demeanor and hick-town country drawl were only funny from the side, but was rather hard to take when it was front and center most of the time.

After Mater, the cars with more screen time than McQueen were British spy cars Finn McMissile and Holley Shiftwell. While they were both quintessentially cool British secret agents, they also blow the beloved "heart and soul" of the first Cars movie out of this film's focus. You hardly even see Sally and the rest of the Radiator Springs gang. It was also that the focus of the whole film was more the "James Bond"-like spy story, while the races were merely incidental.

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$200,000,000 (estimated)

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$66,135,507, 26 June 2011

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