Cars 2 (2011)
Cars 2 Synopsis
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”).
Cars 2 Release Date
In Theaters June 24, 2011
Cars 2 Credits
Starring: Voices: Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy, Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Cheech Marin, Michael Keaton, Jason Isaacs, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shalhoub, John Ratzenberger, Jenifer Lewis
Directed by: Brad Lewis, John Lasseter
Produced by: Denise Ream
Distributor: Pixar Animation Studios/ Disney
External Info: Cars 2 Official Website
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