THE KING

Cars, 2006

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Strip ‘The King’ Weath­ers is one of the emo­tional cor­ner­stones of Pixar’s Cars. He’s also a blue ’69 Dodge Charger Day­tona Hemi, voiced by Richard Petty. Stu­dio boss John Las­seter is the de­vout petrol­head son of a parts man­ager at a Chevro­let deal­er­ship, and Cars was partly a paean to rac­ing, partly prompted by a Las­seter fam­ily road­trip. But it was also in­spired by a doc­u­men­tary called Di­vided High­ways, which ex­am­ined the im­pact of the US in­ter­state high­way sys­tem – in par­tic­u­lar, on the Mother Road, Route 66. “Car peo­ple are tremen­dously pas­sion­ate.

Cars are their life. I re­ally wanted to be able to get the de­tails right for them,” Las­seter notes.

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