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The World Of "Cars" Goes 3D
The 3D Technology Immerses Audiences

One of the technical advances that has emerged and been embraced in the world of entertainment since the release of the original "Cars” film in 2006 is 3D digital exhibition, and "Cars 2” is the third Pixar feature to utilize this popular format. This latest release from Disney•Pixar (following "Up” and "Toy Story 3”) allows audiences to experience the fun and excitement of being at the races, immersing themselves in the film's beautifully designed and meticulously rendered environments.

"I love 3D probably more than any other director,” says director John Lasseter. "I took my wedding pictures in 3D! Our short film ‘Knick Knack' that we made in 1989 was made in 3D before there were any 3D theaters out there. And I always felt our medium of computer animation is perfectly matched to it.

"‘Cars 2' — it's really made with 3D in mind,” continues Lasseter. "And 3D for a Pixar film is not about all the coming-at-you stuff; it's just about making the world that much more believable and immersive, like a window into that world. You get invested in it. And I think that when you see ‘Cars 2' in 3D, there is so much thought put into the elements: Things are very reflective to make it very glitzy and glamorous and sexy and cool. But it's also thought out, because the lighting adds a tremendous amount of depth in 3D. Wet streets, shiny cars, shiny buildings. It's like, wow!”

Adds co-director Brad Lewis, "We're really crafting the film to take advantage of the 3D medium. John has been so taken by the way 3D can enhance different types of films. On ‘Cars 2,' our 3D stereoscopic supervisor Bob Whitehill has been working on a parallel track as the movie was being laid out, and everybody is ultimately thinking about what it could be in 3D. It used to be that 3D was something that happened at the end of our process, but it has become integrated. When we see something that we think would look phenomenal in 3D, we start exploring ways to move the camera to make it even better. It's definitely in our eyepiece as we approach these films—3D can add depth and dimension and give the story a greater sense of drama.”

"Cars 2” will also be presented in IMAX® 3D in select theaters, providing a unique, larger-than-life moviegoing experience.


International Talent Helps Bring Global Adventure to Life

Fully loaded with global locales, fast-paced racing, international espionage and a touching tale of friendship, "Cars 2” also features an amped-up score by Oscar®- and Grammy®-winning composer Michael Giacchino, plus music from Grammy®-winning alternative rockers Weezer, country-music hitmaker Brad Paisley, best-selling British singer/songwriter Robbie Williams, French superstar Bénabar and the power pop Japanese girl band Perfume. The international lineup puts the "tune” in "tune-up” as the "Cars” characters hit the road on a worldwide tour full of epic adventure.

"Cars 2” is the fourth Pixar-feature score for Giacchino, who has previously composed the music for "The Incredibles,” "Ratatouille,” and "Up,” along with half a dozen short films from the studio. "Michael is doing such a cool score for the film,” says director John Lasseter. "We did not want to do a typical spymovie score. We wanted it to be something very different — a whole new approach.”

"John [Lasseter] knows the story,” says Giacchino. "He knows what his characters need and what they want. That's how to discuss music — in emotions. If Mater is feeling left out, I can translate that into music. I love working with the people at Pixar because they all talk in terms of story, and that's how I love to work.”

For the opening scene that, set in the middle of the ocean, introduces British superspy Finn McMissile, Giacchino pulled from a childhood passion. "The film starts out on a boat and you don't know who anyone is. ‘Where's Mater? Where's Lightning?'” says the composer. "When I saw the scene, it took me right back to when I was 10 and rode around on my bike listening to this surf rock music — really guitar-driven stuff. I played John something I wrote, and he immediately said it was perfect. That became the whole template for the film.”

Giacchino also wrote a French song called "Mon coeur fait vroum” ("My Heart Goes Vroom”) which is sung for the film by the popular and admired French singer/songwriter Bénabar, providing a musical introduction to Paris. The lyrics for the song are by Giacchino and Scott Langteau with French adaptation by Boualem Lamhene. Bénabar's self-titled album, released in 2001, launched a phenomenally successful singing career. In 2006, his album "Reprise de Negociations” was a top seller in Europe and led to several major music-industry awards the following year.

Providing their own unique take on the 1984 pop hit "You Might Think” (written by Ric Ocasek and originally performed by The Cars) is the chart-topping, multi-platinum-selling American alternative rock band Weezer. Weezer burst onto the scene in 1992 and has produced nine albums to date. "The song is going to play in the scene where Lightning McQueen and Mater go to Japan,” says Weezer's Brian Bell, "which is great for us because it sort of mirrors our experiences in Japan — there was a little bit of culture shock.

"Ric [Ocasek] produced two of our albums, and we're big fans of The Cars,” continues Bell, "so doing the cover was doubly exciting for us. We also found out John [Lasseter] is a fan of Weezer's and really wanted us to record the song. He was in the studio with us and had such amazing energy.”

Multiple-Grammy®-winning country superstar and Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year Brad Paisley, who was a major contributor to the first "Cars” soundtrack with the songs "Behind the Clouds” (written with Frank Rogers) and "Find Yourself,” returns with two new songs for "Cars 2.” Says Lasseter, "Brad and I became close friends during the making of ‘Cars.' For ‘Cars 2,' he and Robbie [Williams] have teamed up to do this really cool rock 'n' roll song. It's something very different from what Brad normally does, but he and Robbie have created a fantastic song that captures the friendship of McQueen and Mater over the end credits.” Adds Paisley, "The song is a rock vocal event with one of the most talented people I've ever met, Robbie Williams. It was John's idea to bring these two worlds together — combining the English and American takes on music. We're both out of our comfort zone, seeing what happens when you're forced into going new places, which is really what ‘Cars 2' is about. It's totally parallel to the story.”

The song, "Collision of Worlds,” is written and performed as a duet with Paisley and Williams, the talented, award-winning singer/songwriter who has achieved incredible fame as a solo performer and as a member of the group Take That. Williams has sold more than 57 million albums worldwide and is one of Britain's all-time top-selling recording artists. "It's an international kind of song that's inspired very much by the film — it wouldn't exist if it weren't for the story,” says Williams. "Brad turned up with his guitar and a basic understanding of what he wanted the song to sound like. He played me a few chords and we noodled and twiddled our way into forming this song. It's back-and-forth colloquialisms between two different countries speaking the same language and not understanding each other — until now.”

A second song, "Nobody's Fool,” is written and performed by Paisle

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