First Image And Synopsis For Cars 2

If you were a little baffled when the teaser trailer for Cars 2 suggested that Lightning McQueen and Mater had gone into the spy business together, you definitely weren't alone. To calm all your fears and tell you a little bit more of what to expect from the Pixar sequel next summer, the studio has released a synopsis for the film, which Hey U Guys has posted along with the first official image:

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”).

There's nothing in there we didn't really already know-- the international plot has been rumored for years now-- but it's kind of good to know that the espionage plot comes out of Mater's familiar good-natured bumbling, not from some totally weird and out of character plot twist. Surely nobody's as excited for Cars 2 as they were for Toy Story 3 or an original Pixar movie, but at least the sequel seems to be changing things up in an interesting way and not just trying to replicate what worked-- and yes, there were things there that worked-- about the first film.

Check out the new Cars 2 image below:

For more on Cars 2 visit the Blend Film Database.

Katey Rich

Staff Writer at CinemaBlend