Thursday, October 21, 2010

Cool Sh*t!!- Cars 2 Concept Art

Pixar has released a slew of Cars 2 goodies this past week including a teaser trailer, concept art, and plot details. Pixar is one of those things that I totally love to geek out to, so you can count on me covering any news about this beloved animation studio. Check out the trailer embedded below along with the four pieces of concept art. Each art piece clearly distinguishes a different part of the globe and the plot details go in hand with that part of the story.

" Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) heads overseas next summer to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the fastest car on the planet. McQueen and his best friend Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) make a pit stop in London, but there’s no time for tea when an international spy plot entangles Mater, and McQueen must race before royalty. “Cars 2” speeds past the world’s most iconic landmarks—including London’s Big Bentley"

"There’s no place in the world like Radiator Springs, but Paris comes close! Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) venture abroad for the first-ever World Grand Prix. While McQueen focuses on the races, his best friend Mater hits a few detours. International espionage, anyone? On his top-secret mission, Mater takes the scenic route and manages to see the Parisian sights—including the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and the famous car-goyles of Notre Dame. "
"It’s an international feast of epic proportions when star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and lovable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) travel to Porto Corsa, Italy, for the first-ever World Grand Prix. The pair will have to bypass the Italian Riviera’s specialties—boating, beaches and pasta al pesto—as Mater is detoured on a top-secret spy mission and McQueen must race to win against the world’s best!"
"Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new destinations when McQueen is tapped for the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. First stop, Tokyo, Japan—where ancient tradition meets modern technology. But like a modern-day Samurai, Mater must play the part of a top-secret spy when he’s unknowingly embroiled in a case of international espionage."

To be completely honest, Cars was by far my least favorite Pixar film. Not to say I didn't enjoy it; only I thought it wasn't nearly up to par with their other films. I think most people would agree with me on this and are probably wondering why they chose to do a sequel. Despite capitalizing on millions of dollars on merchandise sales, I think Pixar is taking this opportunity to take their world of Cars and better it into the realms of their other beloved fantasy worlds such as Toy Story or Monster Inc. cause lets face it, the cars in Cars just weren't as loved as Woody and Buzz.

Speaking of Pixar, if you read my previous post regarding Newt, you know I'm slightly frustrated over the fact we won't be getting any original stories from them for quite some time. The next original story will be Brave and is their first film where the lead will be female. Pixar prided themselves over the fact that this film would also be featuring their first woman director, Brenda Chapman (Prince of Egypt). Well turns out she been removed from that position and replaced with Mark Andrews, director of the Pixar short One Man Band (probably my least favorite short). Makes me sad to hear. Feels nostalgic from back when Chris Sanders' film American Dog got its plug pulled by Mr. Lasseter for "creative differences." I'm sure Pixar had good reason to replace Ms. Chapman with Mr. Andrews. All their films have gone through hell at one point and require major reworking. I trust Pixar made the choice for the right reasons. Here is the official synopsis for Brave.

"A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixar’s action-adventure Brave. The impetuous, tangle-haired Merida, though a daughter of royalty, would prefer to make her mark as a great archer. A clash of wills with her mother compels Merida to make a reckless choice, which unleashes unintended peril on her father’s kingdom and her mother’s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. The storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale."

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