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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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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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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Japanese | Italian | French

Release Date:

24 June 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auta 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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2.39 : 1
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Trivia

When a car explodes and flies in the air he lands on a car version of Harryhausen's from Monsters, Inc. (2001). See more »

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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 »

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[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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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 »

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Autos, Moda y Rock and Roll
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An action-filled fun change of pace
26 June 2011 | by rjungSee 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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