Disney Pixar CARS 2: Confirmed – Coming in 2012

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Clipped from the Disney, Inc. Press Release:

CARS 2 (Domestic Release Date: Summer 2012, Disney Digital 3-D™)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Brad Lewis

All the world’s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globe’s fastest and finest in this thrilling high-octane new installment of the “Cars” saga. Mater and McQueen will need their passports as they find themselves in a new world of intrigue, thrills and fast-paced comedic escapades around the globe. “Cars 2” is being directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille.”

This storyline makes perfect sense as the only reason some considered the CARS film a little underwhelming at the box office was it didn’t do “Finding Nemo” like numbers overseas – mainly because it was very U.S.-centric but that won’t be a problem here with this storyline.

The other presumed corporate synergy syncing with 2011 originally was also that was the announced debut of CARLAND at Anaheim’s California Adventures but recently, there were rumors that construction was slow and delayed so they will still sync it with the CARS 2 release, only now in 2012.

Of course, it will be interesting to see if Mattel can sustain the first EVER runaway licensed diecast line from original to sequel … 6 years is a LONG time in diecast land … even for most adults, that’s a lot of time – not to mention kids …

AND maybe we’ll have hover cars and CARS by then …

Other Pixar announcements from the same Press Release includes:

2009:

UP (Domestic Release Date: May 29th, 2009, Disney Digital 3-D™)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Pete Docter
Co-Director: Bob Peterson
Producer: Jonas Rivera
Writer: Bob Peterson
Voice Talent: Ed Asner, Christopher Plummer, John Ratzenberger, Jordan Nagai

From the Academy Award®-nominated team of director Pete Docter (“Monsters, Inc.”) and co-director Bob Peterson comes “Up,” a comedic adventure taking off (and lifting spirits) in summer 2009. Carl Fredricksen spent his entire life dreaming of exploring the globe and experiencing life to its fullest. But at age 78, life seems to have passed him by, until a twist of fate (and a persistent 8-year old Wilderness Explorer named Russell) gives him a new lease on life. “Up” takes audiences on a thrilling journey where the unlikely pair encounter wild terrain, unexpected villains and jungle creatures. When seeking adventure next summer – look “Up.”

TOY STORY in 3-D (Domestic Release Date: October 2nd, 2009)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: John Lasseter
Producers: Ralph Guggenheim, Bonnie Arnold
Composer: Randy Newman
Voice Talent: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Don Rickles, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger

Originally released by Walt Disney Pictures in 1995, “Toy Story” was the first feature film from Pixar Animation Studios and director John Lasseter. The film went on to receive Oscar® nominations for Best Original Score, Best Original Song, and Best Original Screenplay, and earned Lasseter a Special Achievement Award (Oscar®) “for the development and inspired application of techniques that have made possible the first feature-length computer-animated film.” The 3-D version of this landmark film is being personally overseen by Lasseter with his acclaimed team of technical wizards handling all the necessary steps in the conversion process

2010:

TOY STORY 2 in 3-D (Domestic Release Date: February 12th, 2010)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: John Lasseter
Co-Directors: Lee Unkrich, Ash Brannon
Producers: Helene Plotkin, Karen Robert Jackson
Composer: Randy Newman
Voice Talent: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Kelsey Grammer, Don Rickles, Estelle Harris, Jim Varney, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger

Originally released in 1999, “Toy Story 2” went on to become one of the most popular animated features of all time. The film picks up as Andy is heading off to Cowboy Camp and the toys are left to their own devices. When an obsessive toy collector named Al McWhiggin (owner of Al’s Toy Barn) kidnaps Woody, and Woody learns that he’s a highly valued collectable from a 1950s TV show called “Woody’s Roundup,” the stage is set for a daring rescue attempt by the gang from Andy’s room. The film introduced such other memorable characters from “Woody’s Roundup” as Jessie the cowgirl, Bullseye the horse, and the Prospector.

TOY STORY 3 (Domestic Release Date: June 18th, 2010, Disney Digital 3-D™)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Lee Unkrich
Producer: Darla K. Anderson
Writer: Michael Arndt
Composer: Randy Newman
Voice Talent: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Joan Cusack, Don Rickles, Wallace Shawn, Estelle Harris, John Ratzenberger, Ned Beatty

The creators of the beloved “Toy Story” films re-open the toy box and bring moviegoers back to the delightful world of Woody, Buzz and our favorite gang of toy characters in “Toy Story 3.” Lee Unkrich (co-director of “Toy Story 2” and “Finding Nemo”) directs this highly anticipated film, and Michael Arndt, the Academy Award®-winning screenwriter of “Little Miss Sunshine,” brings his unique talents and comedic sensibilities to the proceedings.

2011:

NEWT (Domestic Release Date: Summer 2011, Disney Digital 3-D™)
Pixar Animation Studios
Director: Gary Rydstrom
Producer: Richard Hollander
Writers: Gary Rydstrom, Leslie Caveny

What happens when the last remaining male and female blue-footed newts on the planet are forced together by science to save the species, and they can’t stand each other? That’s the problem facing Newt and Brooke, heroes of ”newt,” the Pixar film by seven-time Academy Award® winner for sound Gary Rydstrom, and director of Pixar’s Oscar nominated short, “Lifted.” Newt and Brooke embark on a perilous, unpredictable adventure and discover that finding a mate never goes as planned, even when you only have one choice. Love, it turns out, is not a science.

Other Disney animation announcements can be found here (via AIN’T IT COOL NEWS)

Thanks for the heads up, Mike!

Our original posts on the rumors of CARS 2 are here & here.

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15 responses to “Disney Pixar CARS 2: Confirmed – Coming in 2012

  1. Jeanne

    Speaking of Diecast cars! The post a while ago about the Dinoco 400 set was correct! (as usual) hah because i found the set at Target tonight for 50% off. So it was only $14.98. Yah it has the doubles but we try to get everything so we were just waiting for a sale! Not sure if it’s like that in anyone elses target, but we are in southwest missouri!

  2. Sweet! I loved the first Cars and all Pixar’s work! Cannot wait for the new movie!

  3. megaheat2008

    3X’S A CHARM-AND IDLING WILD CAN’T WAIT THIS LONG OK DISNEY/PIXAR MOVE OVER NEED TO PARK IT HERE FOR A COUPLE YEARS HEY LOOK AT THAT CAR PARKED NEXT TO US IT’S MATTEL HE HAS A TICKET ON HIS WINDSHIELD NO WONDER HE’S PARKED IN A HANDY-CAP ZONE LOL….

  4. megaheat2008

    SORRY GUYS HAD A LIL’ GAS THERE !!!!

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  7. Rebecca

    Dinoco 400 at Target here in Colorado Springs is still $29.99 no sale here; however I did manage to get case E MM that had Gasprin and Tow Cap . Flea and Flik, etc. and I just bought the whole box.

  8. Ok you got my interest, had not heard about a new CARLAND at California Adventure! I am a huge Disneyland fan, and love all the great transportation features about Disneyland. I hope CARLAND will have some transportation features, walking around California Adventures is tough! It’s a huge park without a train or taxi or fire engine or bus to take a ride on is tough! Thanks for your review of the latest info, it was very interesting!

    (METROXING: If you follow the link to our original CARS 2 posts (when it was a rumor), you’ll see a link to CARLAND in the Disney investors info section …)

  9. Sarah

    What did he say? I think it got lost in translation.

  10. lucas rodrigues

    Só em 20012 foi isso que entendi?

    (METROXING: Sim, 2012)

  11. creecree

    Are you sure about the logo? I saw another one here: http://carsplusmovies.com/2008/04/11/disneypixar-officially-announce-cars-2-for-2012/

    (METROXING: Humm, I’m inclined to think the red background one is the official one – I think the 2 resting on top of the ‘chevron’ shape is suspiciously less-than-professional but I can’t say for 100% certain …).

  12. Great info on the release! I’m SOOO looking forward to it!

  13. Francisco Alonzo Guatemala

    Can you imagine the price of oil by 2012 and if there is still going to be a Lightning Mcqueen Powered by Gasoline or a Hybrid version??? What do you think?

    Can´t wait to see the next Cars Movie

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