We now have an exclusive look at one of the new characters from Pixar’s Cars 2. Thanks to Walt Disney Pictures. In the World Grand Prix, Shu Todoroki, a Le Motor Prototype driver for Japan, will wear the #7. To read more about Todoroki, view the complete high-resolution photograph, and watch an animated 360-degree turnaround film, continue on below the jump.
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In the World Grand Prix, Shu Todoroki, a Le Motor Prototype driver for Japan, will wear the #7. Shu, who was born and nurtured in Japan at the foot of the active Mount Asama volcano, quickly rose to the top of the Suzuka Circuit. Shu adapted the fiery red Ka-Riu dragon on his sleek exterior from a Japanese folktale because he can identify with the dragon’s diminutive size and ferocious character. His coach, a Mazda, was the first Japanese car to ever win at Le Mans, and Shu wishes to demonstrate his champion-level racing on the global stage of the World Grand Prix. His team’s legacy is one of success.
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Release Date in the USA: June 24, 2011
Voice Actors: Michael Caine, Emily Mortimer, Tony Shalhoub, Larry the Cable Guy
Joe Mantegna, Jason Isaacs, Peter Jacobson, Thomas Shalhoub, Cheech Marin
John Lasseter is the director
Brad Lewis is a co-director.
Denise Ream is the creator
Michael Giacchino, composer
In “Cars 2,” the legendary racer Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and the legendary tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) travel abroad to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to decide the world’s fastest car, taking their relationship to thrilling new locations. But when Mater becomes involved in his own exciting adventure—international espionage—the path to the championship is littered with bumps, diversions, and amusing surprises. Mater is divided between supporting Lightning McQueen in the prominent race and adhering to orders in a top-secret mission led by the gorgeous spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell and the master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) (voice of Emily Mortimer). In an exciting chase across the streets of Europe and Japan, Mater is pursued by his buddies and the entire world as he embarks on an action-packed odyssey. A vibrant new all-car cast, replete with frightening villains and international racing opponents, is included in the fast-paced entertainment.
This sequel to John Lasseter’s Golden Globe-winning “Cars” has him back in the driver’s seat. The Oscar-winning producer of “Ratatouille,” Brad Lewis, co-directs “Cars 2,” which is also produced by seasoned producer Denise Ream of the visual effects field (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III Revenge of the Sith”). On June 24, 2011, the movie will be released, and in some cinemas, it will be shown in IMAX 3D and Disney Digital 3D.
With “Toy Story,” John Lasseter made his feature film directing debut. Since then, he has helmed iconic Disney Pixar movies like “A Bug’s Life,” “Toy Story 2,” and “Cars,” in addition to serving as executive producer on every other Pixar movie to date. He presently serves as Walt Disney Imagineering’s primary creative advisor as well as the chief creative officer of Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.
“Cars 2” is the 12th full-length animated movie produced by Pixar Animation Studios (the first 11 grossed $6.5 billion worldwide). 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of Pixar, which has won six Golden Globes and 26 Academy Awards.
When it was first released on June 9, 2006, “Cars” brought in close to $462 million globally. In addition to winning the first-ever Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature Film, it was nominated for two Oscars and one Golden Globe.
When legendary tow truck Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) and star racer Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) travel to another country to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix, Mater becomes entangled in a fascinating adventure of his own: international espionage.