In like Finn

The plot quick­ens in the sec­ond in­stal­ment of Pixar’s hit Cars fran­chise, writes Peter Mitchell

Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - Movies -

IN THE 2006 an­i­mated block­buster film Cars, a scene was de­vised where the hero of the film, star race car Light­ning McQueen, takes girl­friend Sally Car­rera, a royal blue Porsche, on a date to a drive-in movie theatre.

The film’s di­rec­tor John Las­seter and his team of an­i­ma­tors and artists asked them­selves this ques­tion: What movie would the smit­ten cars watch at the drive-in?

‘‘ We had so much fun com­ing up with ideas. We ac­tu­ally went a lit­tle over­board,’’ Las­seter says dur­ing an in­ter­view at Pixar’s head­quar­ters in Emeryville, across the bay from San Fran­cisco.

They set­tled on an elab­o­rate James Bond-like spy movie star­ring a Bri­tish se­cret agent car named Finn McMis­sile. But af­ter so much fun and hours of work, a de­ci­sion was made to leave it out of the fi­nal cut of Cars.

‘‘ It went away, but I never for­got about it,’’ Las­seter smiles.

Cars, fea­tur­ing Owen Wil­son as the voice of Light­ning McQueen, Bon­nie Hunt as Sally, co­me­dian Larry the Cable Guy as rust-bucket tow truck Mater and Paul New­man as the once-great race car Doc Hud­son, went on to make $ US461 mil­lion in the­atres across the world and a stag­ger­ing $ US10 bil­lion in mer­chan­dis­ing sales.

Light­ning Mcqueen

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