Cars 2: A Sneak Peak

January 17, 2011 12:00 AM

As the thought of summer begins to enter our minds, Pixar is gearing up to release its follow-up to the blockbuster smash-hit, "Cars," according to the Los Angeles Times.

Instead of staying in America, however, the vehicles with personalities will travel across the world to Europe and Japan. The newest addition besides a change of scenery, however, is a new James Bond-type car that never made it into the first film.

Originally, Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and his girlfriend, Sally, were to visit a drive-in theatre where they'd see a movie about the super-spy vehicle named Finn McMissile. The storyline never got past the storyboards, but in "Cars 2," McMissile (voiced by the great Sir Michael Caine) is a main character.

The plot revolves around multiple spy scenarios, which fall into place after Mater, Lightning's best friend, gets mistaken for an American spy while trying to follow his pal across the World Grand Prix circuit.

Such a major shift in story-telling (for the franchise) is risky but it's better than sticking to the same story as so many other sequels do. Plus, the spy aspect of the film "opened up the vehicular possibilities for Pixar's animators, who designed boats, spy jets, helicopters and quirky European pickup trucks for the film," reports the news source.

"Cars 2" is slated for release in June of 2011.

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