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The latest Cars short, Time Travel Mater, premieres June 16 on ABC during a broadcast of Cars and at the Disneyland Resort in Blue Sky Cellar at Disney California Adventure park on June 15.
Release date: November 1, 2011
Check out this new CARS short, which debuted on the Disney Channel on November 20, 2009:
Tons of Disney and Pixar news today so let’s get to it. First up, Disney has announced that Mandy Moore will voice the title role in the upcoming 2D-animated film “Rapunzel,” while Zachary Levi, star of NBC’s Chuck, will play the role of a bandit who takes Rapunzel on an adventure. So we can now assume that Rapunzel being stuck in the tower will merely serve as the intro to the film, with the story following her on her adventures as she discovers what she’s been missing.
Next up is Pixar’s Toy Story 3 news. While speaking at a Disney presentation in London, John Lasseter announced that Timothy Dalton and will play the role of a toy porcupine called Mr. Pricklepants.
A clip of the film was show as the presentation which reveals some plot points. Empire Magazine describes the clip: Clearly the toys end up being sent to a daycare centre, where they are horribly abused by the little kids – and after that itâ€™s time for a break-out attempt to find a safe haven, and hopefully a new owner, in a cruel world.
Pixar also revealed the plot for Cars 2. The lead characters are Lightning McQueen and Mater, with a new car thrown into the mix, an Aston Martin named Finn McMissile. According to Empire, Mater is caught up in a case of mistaken identity and becomes embroiled in a huge spy thriller, though nobody believes him.
Let’s move on to Pixar’s other project, The Bear and the Bow (now known as Brave). Pixar announced that Julie Walters is joining the cast an evil witch, antagonizing the 10th century Scottish royal family, voiced by Reese Witherspoon, Emma Thompson and Billy Connolly. The movie will focus on the mother-daughter relationship between Merida (Witherspoon) and her mother, the Queen (Thompson).
Lastly is Disneyâ€™s upcoming Winnie the Pooh feature film. It was revealed that the film will mimic the watercolor style of the books and will combine five unfilmed stories as its plot.
Via the fine folks at /Film.
Disneyâ€¢Pixar will premiere its first Disney Digital 3-D short film â€“ â€œTokyo Materâ€ â€“ directed by John Lasseter, at theaters nationwide beginning December 12. Appearing before Walt Disney Picturesâ€™ â€œBolt,â€ the animated short is the fourth in Disneyâ€¢Pixarâ€™s â€œCars Toonsâ€ series, inspired by the hit 2006 film â€œCars.â€
In â€œTokyo Mater,â€ a routine tow lands Mater in Tokyo, where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of his friend, â€œDragonâ€ Lightning McQueen, and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become â€œTow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters.â€
2-D computer versions of â€œTokyo Materâ€ will also be available for theaters showing â€œBoltâ€ in 2-D.
During today’s Walt Disney Showcase, John Lasseter revealed that the release date for Cars 2 will be pushed forward to Summer 2011, from the previous 2012 release date.
Mr. Lasseter also revealed plot details and how the idea came to him while traveling the world doing publicity for the original Cars. He wondered how Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of the gang would react to other countries and the foreign vehicles that inhabit them.
The sequel will answer such a question as Lightning McQueen and Mater go on a worldwide trip where they will no-doubt meet many new friends — all of which you will be able to buy at a toy store near you, just in time for the Holidays! After all, we all know that’s the only reason Pixar is doing another sequel. The original was a HUGE merchandising hit for Disney with products repeatedly selling out.
Also announced was a series of short Cars cartoons cleverly (not really) titled Car-toons… get it? Car…toons… Yea, they didn’t even try. The shorts will air on the Disney Channel and maybe even in theaters before other Disney films.
Discuss: What do you think? Is Cars 2 just an attempt to cash in on merchandising? What other Pixar film do you think would have been a better choice for a sequel? Post your comments and discuss with other readers.
Check out the logos for the upcoming PIXAR movies:
Pixar has released information for all their upcoming movies, including plot details and release dates. Check it out below:
June 27, 2008 â€“ WALLâ€¢E
May 29, 2009 â€“ Up
October 2, 2009 â€“ Toy Story in 3-D
February 12, 2010 â€“ Toy Story 2 in 3-D
June 18, 2010 â€“ Toy Story 3 in 3-D
Summer 2011 â€“ Newt
Christmas 2011, The Bear and the Bow (now known as Brave)
Summer 2012 â€“ Cars 2
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 â€” look “Up.”
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 canâ€™t stand each other? Thatâ€™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 Pixarâ€™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.
The Bear and the Bow (now known as Brave) synopsis:
A rugged and mythic Scotland is the setting for Pixarâ€™s action-adventure “The Bear and the Bow.” 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 fatherâ€™s kingdom and her motherâ€™s life. Merida struggles with the unpredictable forces of nature, magic and a dark, ancient curse to set things right. Director Brenda Chapman (“The Prince of Egypt,” “The Lion King”) and the storytelling wizards of Pixar conjure humor, fantasy and excitement in this rich Highland tale. Itâ€™s voice talent is as follows: Reese Witherspoon, Billy Connolly, Emma Thompson.
Cars 2 synopsis:
All the worldâ€™s a racetrack as racing superstar Lightning McQueen zooms back into action, with his best friend Mater in tow, to take on the globeâ€™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.”