"Cars 2" News Roundup
With the upcoming release of Cars 2 in theaters, various news outlets around the web are covering different aspects of the production:
- Several outlets are posting interviews or feature articles on John Lasseter, director of the film and Disney Animation Studios chief creative officer, including the Wall Street Journal, the Baltimore Sun, and the MovieWeb and MoviesOnline websites. Among other topics, Lasseter discusses Pixar’s attitude towards sequels, the origins of the Cars DTV spinoff Planes (and the way DTV movies are handled at Disney), and the real-world incidents that inspired comparable situations in Cars 2.
- The Wall Street Journal and the Los Angeles Times both also look at the merchandising bonanza that is the Cars franchise, citing $2 billion in sales annually since the original movie was released in 2006 (vs. 2010 figures of $9 billion for Mickey Mouse, $5.7 billion for Winnie the Pooh, $4.4 billion for Disney Princesses, $2.8 billion for Toy Story, and $2.7 billion for Barbie), the amount of Cars 2 merchandise sold even before the movie is released, some of the less successful initiatives like the online World of Cars, and the absence of a standing policy at Pixar for “merchandise-able” movies.
- The New York Times has taken a closer look at the location design in Cars 2, which sends its characters to multiple locations around the globe for the World Grand Prix auto race. Comments by Lasseter and production designer Harley Jessup discuss the amalgamation of neighborhoods for the movie’s take on Tokyo, the design cues for their London landmark “Big Bentley,” a personal reference for Lasseter in a scene in Paris, and the ideas behind the fictional Italian town of Porto Corsa.
- Actors Emily Mortimer and Larry the Cable Guy, who play Holley Shiftwell and Mater the tow truck respectively, are interviewed by MovieWeb about how their roles impressed their kids, what they think of their characters, what they like about working with the Pixar crew, and more.
Cars 2 opens on July 24, 2011. For more details and video clips from the film, check out Toonzone’s earlier coverage here.