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Cars Land Virtual Drive

Blending the magic of Disney stories and characters, the legendary adventure and excitement of Route 66, and California's celebrated car culture, Cars Land recreates the memorable town of Radiator Springs just as it appeared in the Disney·Pixar animated classic, Cars.

You're invited to a town built for, and by, cars. All the locals are home including Lightning McQueen, Sally, Mater, Doc and their friends. The whole city is recreated in loving detail — complete with three new attractions. You'll float on Luigi's Flying Tires, dance to Mater's Junkyard Jamboree and rocket through the desert on Radiator Springs Racers.

Can’t wait to take a stroll through Radiator Springs? If the opening of Cars Land at Disney California Adventure park next year has you ready to cruise past Mater’s Junkyard Jamboree and Luigi’s Flying Tires, then you don’t want to miss this video. It takes you on a virtual drive-through of Cars Land, giving you an idea of what it will look like when it opens in 2012.


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Cars 2 Finishes First!

Scoring its twelfth number one hit, Pixar's Cars 2 finished in first place by a mile with an estimated $68M during its opening weekend making for the fourth biggest June debut ever behind Toy Story 3 ($110.3M), Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen ($109M), and Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban ($93.7M). The Disney release raced into 4,115 theaters - a new high for a Pixar toon - and averaged a stellar $16,525. The strength of the Pixar brand and the Cars franchise meant more to audiences than the flood of negative reviews from critics who gave the animation studio what were by far its worst marks ever.

In the world of cartoons, Cars has been one of the most successful brands when it comes to merchandising, consistently selling products long after the original film bowed to $60.1M in June 2006. That free in-home advertising helped the sequel. Film critics may have rejected Cars 2, but kids were truly excited and they - and their parents - are the ones who spend at the box office. With a hefty budget of $200M, Cars 2 has a long road ahead of it to make back the production and marketing costs. However since Pixar films usually reach about four times their opening weekend tallies, this one could match or exceed the $244.1M of its predecessor. Plus overseas grosses should get a major shot in the arm thanks to a strong international market for 3D and the film's global setting that takes the story to Tokyo, Paris, London, and the Italian Riviera.

Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation

The Lovely 'Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation' Lets You Say Goodbye Again

Running before all "Cars 2" prints tomorrow will be "Toy Story: Hawaiian Vacation," which features the whole gang, Woody, Buzz, everybody, helping put together a fake Hawaiian trip for Ken and Barbie, who had been hoping to tag along on Bonnie's family trip there. One of the reviews has stated "it is as much fun as you could hope". Buzz even gets to use his spanish language function again. (Mercifully, all the actors are back to do the voices themselves.)

It's actually the first of two "Toy Story" shorts this year; the other will come out in November, before "The Muppets," which is just about too much happiness for one theater.

Could both films be nominated for the Best Animated Short Oscar? We'll see!



Cars 2: Too Much Mater?

Not enough Lightning McQueen in ‘Cars 2’

That seems to be what's on a lot of critics minds:

It wouldn't be fair (or accurate) to call "Cars 2" a critical crash and burn. But Pixar films are held to a higher standard, and based on early reviews, this may be the worst reviewed Pixar film yet.

A.O. Scott of The New York Times remarks that the movie "takes the bold, arguably generous and ultimately calamitous step of pushing its lovable, goofy second banana to the center of the action." That "second banana" is, of course, Mater. "Lightning’s racing exploits are secondary."

TIME magazine has a similar take. Mary Pols writes that "this ['Cars 2'] is Mater's movie. It's a Materthon. I would call it Materific if he didn't leave me longing for 'WALL-E's' robot to crush him into a silent cube." Pols also contends that the movie's basic premise (that asking a friend to change his or her behavior is bad) just doesn't work.

Geoff Berkshire of Metromix gives the movie two out of five stars and laments the film's "forced emphasis on misunderstood country bumpkin Mater." That story, he writes, "never achieves the intended emotional weight — he’s a rube with a heart of gold, a simpleton out of place next to Pixar’s more complex and multilayered heroes."

Could Mater be the "failure" about Cars 2?


A/N: I'm sorry but Mater was the thing I disliked about Cars the most D: He's so annoying! *dodges tomatoes*


Well folks, the worm has turned. Disney Animation and Pixar chief John Lasseter—he who can do no wrong—has finally turned out a Pixar movie (tellingly, a sequel) that is earning mixed reviews. No! Say it ain’t so! Pixar’s magic carpet ride has finally come to earth with a thudding 44% Rotten on the Tomatometer thus far.

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I cross posted this from ONTD because I felt it was interesting. Ashley's pointed out the horrible RT rating a few posts below, but this compiles other things too and idk. PRAY FOR LASSECHRIST.


Cars 2 Review on Variety.com

If "Cars" was perhaps the least engaging of Pixar's hugely successful animated features, John Lasseter and his team have hit the creative accelerator with the unexpectedly delightful "Cars 2." The rare sequel that improves on its predecessor, this lightning-paced caper-comedy shifts the franchise into high gear with international intrigue, spy-movie spoofery and more automotive puns than you can shake a stickshift at, handling even its broader stretches with sophistication, speed and effortless panache. High-performance B.O. is assured, but as with "Cars," ancillary/merchandising is where this expertly souped-up entertainment will leave others in the dust.

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Honestly, I was always excited for this movie and now I'm even more excited. Plus, I have free tickets~~~


Lightning McQueen News

Lightning McQueen Joins the Cast at Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show

Lightning McQueen, star of “Cars” and “Cars 2,” will make his debut appearance at the Lights, Motors, Action! Extreme Stunt Show at Disney’s Hollywood Studios later this summer.

Look for his cameo when the stunt show director sets up a highlight reel dedicated to “one of the greatest race cars of all time.” But just as the crew leaves to set up for the next stunt demonstration, the highlight video feed is interrupted with a distress call from Mater, Lightning’s rusty sidekick. He warns the audience that secret agent Finn McMissile has issued a report of enemy spy activity at “these here coordinates.” Lightning McQueen speeds in to calm the audience down and explains that Mater is probably just telling tall tales again.

Just then, a mysterious black automobile appears on the stage. I don’t want to give away all the details here, but let’s just say what follows is quite an animated game of cat and mouse.

Guests who wish to meet Lightning McQueen and Mater before or after the show can do so at the Winner’s Circle (formerly Luigi’s Garage), which features larger-than-life trophies and posters that depict famous races from around the world. Be sure to check out Lightning McQueen’s upgraded international look, too.



Haters to the left, I'm excited for this. Oh and btw, I saw Lee Unkrich in the flesh two Thursdays ago for a symposium on Oscar nominated films. I was seated about 6 ft from him. It was awesome.


New Cars 2 Trailers

The domestic and international trailers can be found here. The domestic trailer will apparently run before Tangled when that opens next week.

Is it wrong that the bed or couch in the background of one scene cracks me up and confuses me?