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Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.

John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer , “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”).
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Operation Kino Podcast #16: Cars 2 Reviewed And Pixar's Legacy Discussed Operation Kino Podcast #16: Cars 2 Reviewed And Pixar's Legacy Discussed
>Subscribe to Operation Kino and everything else Kino Katey with iTunes!< This week on Operation Kino we're back to our usual crew of four, though only two of us saw this week's film up for review, Cars 2. To make up for it we expand the review into an extra-long segment three, talking about the legacy of Pixar and how they can keep it going despite a critical disaster like Cars 2. But first we start with the lightning round, talking about performances by musicians-turned-actors, and then get into tidbits, where Katey gets introduced to The Road Warrior, Dave talks about the Green Lantern movie that could have been (as described in this interview), Patches revisits Gosford Park and David cooks up a harebrained theory about supehero movie plots and where else you can find them. We end, as always, with your answers to our lightning round question for dessert. And this week, we've also got a giveaway! Listen just after tidbits and just before our review of Cars 2 for the details on our giveaway of a giant box of Transformers: Dark of the Moon toys. To enter, just answer the question we ask during the show and post it in the comments below; login via Facebook or Twitter to comment, though, so we're able to track you down in case you're the winner. Unfortunately only US residents can enter, since we simply can't afford to ship this many robots in disguise overseas. Oh, and! We now have a Twitter feed! You know you're dying to follow it. Take a listen below and find all your downloading options; for more from all of us, you can follow Da7e (@da7e), David (@davidehrlich or @CriterionCorner), Patches (@misterpatches) and me (@kateyrich) on Twitter. Subscribe With iTunes Download the file directly here (right-click and save-as) 00:00-00:50 Lightning Round 00:50-23:41 Introductions and tidbits 23:41-26:15 Transformers giveaway! 26:15- 54:56 Cars 2 reviewed and Pixar's legacy and future discussed 54:56-59:00 Dessert!

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Exclusive Interview: Cars 2 Composer Michael Giacchino Exclusive Interview: Cars 2 Composer Michael Giacchino
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Exclusive Interview: Cars 2 Composer Michael Giacchino

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UPDATE: Cars 2 Trailer Answers This Question: How Do Cars Use The Bathroom? UPDATE: Cars 2 Trailer Answers This Question: How Do Cars Use The Bathroom?
For anyone who’s ever wondered what it looks like when cars go to the bathroom, Cars 2 has a brand new, full trailer from Disney which rather definitively answers that question. Here’s the thing: It’s not bad but it doesn’t seem at all like a Pixar movie.

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Interview: Emily Mortimer Talks Cars 2 And Her Crush On John Lasseter

First Look At Cars 2 Characters Voiced By John Turturro And Eddie Izzard First Look At Cars 2 Characters Voiced By John Turturro And Eddie Izzard
The introductions actually happened through a pre-taped message from Cars 2 director and Pixar chief John Lasseter, who describes Turturro's character Bernoulli "completely, wonderfully full of himself" and promised that the movie-- which sees Mater tied up in an international spy operation-- is "not a parody of a spy movie; this is a spy movie."

First Look At Cars 2 Characters Voiced By John Turturro And Eddie Izzard

John Lasseter's Cars 2 Cameo Is Inspired By George Lucas. Uh Oh? John Lasseter's Cars 2 Cameo Is Inspired By George Lucas. Uh Oh?
Cars 2 is going to be a big moment for Pixar. It's not the studio's first or even second sequel, and it's coming right on the heels of the well-loved threequel Toy Story 3, but it is a follow-up to the one Pixar film critics didn't exactly adore, and already some people seem to be anticipating the fall from grace Pixar might finally experience when Cars 2 opens on June 24. Want another reason to be worried?

John Lasseter's Cars 2 Cameo Is Inspired By George Lucas. Uh Oh?

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