100 days until release of Cars 2

By now most (if not all) of you know about the sequel of Cars (2006) that will be released in theaters this summer on June 24th, 2011. Well, today marks 100 days until the release of Cars 2… and the countdown begins! Every other day up until the release of Cars 2 The Dream of Pixar will publish an article that will go into depth about Cars and Cars 2 themes, fun facts about the voice talents, inspirations for the movie, the animators and other crew, including directors (John Lasseter & co-director Brad Lewis), some things you didn’t know about Cars, and some guest bloggers.

Stay tuned into The Dream of Pixar to bring you all things Cars 2 during this countdown to Theatres! To start the countdown here are 25 fun facts about Cars that I bet you didn’t know:

  • Mia and Tia are modeled after the first-generation Mazda MX-5 Miata.
  • Flo isn’t based on one car, but is more of a “mixture” of 951 Buick LeSabre, the 1951 Buick XP-300, and the 1957 Chrysler Dart.
  • The infamous A113 can be seen on the train that Lightning Mcqueen outruns. (A113 can also be seen on Mater’s plate, but cannot be clearly seen in the image below)

  • Guido is italian for “I Drive”
  • The original idea was about an electric car living in a gas-guzzling world.
  • Michael Keaton is the voice of the security guard who yells “Hey, no press!” during the instant replay sequence after the first race.
  • While films are in production they usually have code names, for this one it was “Surgery”.
  • A hidden Mickey can be seen for a short moment when the rotating sign on Flo’s V8 Cafe spins.
  • Every third blink of the stoplight in Radiator Springs really is slower by 1/2 second, confirming Fillmore’s observation.
  • The Doc Hudson character is based on NASCAR pioneer Herb Thomas.
  • The piston cup is a reference to the famous NASCAR race, The Winston Cup.
  • Paul Newman’s last movie before his death of lung cancer in 2008.
  • Luigi’s license plate reads 445-108, which is the latitude and longitude for the main Ferrari factory in Modena, Italy.

  • Last of Pixar’s films before it was bought by Disney.
  • In the U.S., alone, in the box office Cars made $244,082,982.
  • John Lasseter first thought of the idea for Cars (2006) while taking a cross-country trip on Route 66 with his wife and five sons in 2000.
  • Within 2 days of being released on DVD 5,000,000 copies were sold.
  • Being 116 minutes, it is the longest Pixar movie.
  • The first Pixar film to use the technique called “ray tracing” which allows the animated cars to credibly reflect their environments.
  • Michael Jordan was the human inspiration for Lightning McQueen.
  • Every now and then, Lightning McQueen’s tongue pops out when he’s thinking about something. This is actually a characteristic of director John Lasseter which his animators gleefully incorporated into the film.
  • As the jets fly over Los Angeles International Speedway, Pixar Animation Studios (taken from a satellite photo) is visible in the landscape below.

  • “Lightyear” tires and blimps are featured throughout Cars, a reference to Buzz Lightyear.
  • Stanley, the founder of Radiator springs (the statue featured in the center of town), is the same model of the car in the Boundin’, the Pixar short that was attached to The Incredibles.
  • During the tractor tipping scene, Mater notes “that’s funny, I don’t care who you are” which is one of the well known sayings of ‘Larry the Cable Guy’.
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