Cars 2

CARS 2, © 2011 Disney/Pixar,
Released 23 June 2011 in Australia, worldwide thereafter

The long-awaited release of the sequel to CARS is almost upon us, and Australian fans will be the first in the world to sample the latest release from our friends at Disney.Pixar. Have a read of the exclusive Richard’s F1 review of CARS 2…

Kicking off from where CARS left off, star racer Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) venture overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix, a three-race championship series organised by business mogul Miles Axlerod (Eddie Izzard), who wants to market his new alternative fuel, Allinol.

But underhanded forces are at work. Led by the dastardly Professor Z (Thomas Kretschmann) and his merry band of ‘lemon cars’, a rogue group is out to sabotage the Finn McMissileevent in a bid to cripple the Allinol project. It’s the old fossil vs alternative fuel debate once again…

But the Secret Service – led by Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) – is in on the plot, but a mishap results in their informant planting the dossier of secret files on the unsuspecting Mater, who then becomes the unwitting target for the ‘lemon’ villains.

Meanwhile, McQueen has two battles on his hands: trying to get Mater to act more appropriately in foreign climes, while also trying to beat fellow arch-rival Francesco Bernoulli (John Turturro) on the race track.

Watch a clip of CARS 2 featuring Mark Winterbottom

There are plenty of great little cameos in the film. Lewis Hamilton plays himself as one of the World Grand Prix competitors, while former F1 driver David Hobbs plays one of the race commentators. The Australian release sees V8 Supercars driver Mark Winterbottom play the character ‘Frosty’. Even the Queen has a guest spot!

Well I’m sure it comes as no surprise to you all the gang here at Richard’s F1 were all very excited about this movie! And I must say we were not disappointed!

Watching a 3D version of the movie, the effects were simply flawless and it was stunning to watch. Viewers are taken across the globe, from the lights of Tokyo, the stunning cliffs in Italy, and to ‘Big Bentley’ in London! The race sequences are excellently rendered, and the handful of kids at the media screening were nothing but mesmerised.

Mater & McQueen

The focal character in CARS 2 is actually McQueen’s faithful sidekick, Mater, who serves as the comic underpinning in the movie. Fundamentally, the film is great for kids in exploring the idea of friendship and how a strong relationship can be really tested in difficult circumstances.

This is a wonderful film for kids and adults alike.

Using our unique ‘Chequered Flags’ rating system, we award CARS 2

CARS 2 © Disney/Pixar is released in Australian cinemas from June 23, and worldwide thereafter. Check your local listings for more information.

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Richard Bailey

Founder & Chief Editor at MotorsportM8
Hasn't missed a Grand Prix since 1989. Has a soft spot for Minardi. Tattooed with 35+ Grand Prix circuits.