“Cars,” the runt of the Pixar litter, is getting a sequel whether you like it or not. Frankly we’re more interested in the new “Toy Story” short film that will precede the feature but we suppose there are a legion of little kids who are going to be all over a film about talking cars that drive around real fast so we suppose they’ll eat this one up.
Disney has dropped a first look image of the film and a plot synopsis and all you really need to know is that the film will essentially be one long car race. The story will find Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry The Cable Guy, ugh) heading to the World Grand Prix, with the latter getting tangled in some international espionage leading to a big car chase through Japan and Europe. Also, as you’ll see, the plot seems to lean heavily on Mater and the thought of hearing Larry The Cable Guy for ninety straight minutes scares the living bejaysus out of us.
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.