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