Everyone revved up to see “Cars 2?” The sequel to Disney•Pixar’s 2006 hit “Cars” opens across the U.S. this Friday, June 24, but I’ve got a preview for you from a guy who loves both cars and “Cars.” Jay Ward is the “Cars” franchise guardian at Pixar Animation Studios. Part of Jay’s job is to consult with “Cars 2” director and co-director John Lasseter and Brad Lewis, making sure that Lightning McQueen and Mater and all the other characters look and behave like automobiles would.
Jay gave us this interview when he was at Walt Disney World last month for Car Masters Weekend at Downtown Disney. As you’ll see in the video, Pixar has created life-size versions of Mater and Lightning and Finn McMissile, a new “Cars 2” character voiced by Michael Caine. The three replicas have been touring America in the “Agents on a Mission” tour presented by State Farm. The tour’s almost done, but the trio will be at The Tech Museum in San Jose, CA, on Saturday, June 25.
Incidentally, Disney Parks Blog readers can visit www.Disney.com today to view a special five-minute clip from Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2,” create an original piece of art using a “Cars 2” Photo Mashup tool, play games and more.