Cars 2 Inspired by European Travel

This summer, Disney + Pixar Studios will release the much anticipated sequel to the movie that brought Route 66 back to popularity. The original movie, Cars, was inspired by the iconic American road trip route and provided a soundtrack for many family road trips. Of course, we love all things travel here at TravelingMamas.com, and when you add a bit of Disney + PIXAR it gets even better.

Cars 2 Tokyo (c) Disney + PIXAR

Previously I mentioned how 2011 is the Year of the Passport and here is yet another example of why we think international travel is hot. Cars 2 was inspired during Cars publicity tour around Europe. John Lasseter shares the inspiration in this video below:

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy) take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage. Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer). Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.

If you get a chance to see Cars 2 this summer with your family, keep in mind that you’ll have a few future world travelers when you leave the movie theater. So start saving your money for that International family vacation now so that you’ll be ready when the kids beg to see Tokyo, Italy, or the German Autobahnen.

Cars 2 is slated for a Summer 2011 release, but you don’t have to wait until summer to apply for your passport. We’ve got easy tips to help you apply for passports for the entire family, giving you a head start on planning for international family travel.

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  1. I really love this movie! It did not only entertain its viewers, it also left a lesson to everyone. Can’t wait to see this sequel. I’ll definitely watch this movie through 3D. I’m interested also with continuation of the love story between McQueen and Sally!

  2. I and my daughter is greatly anticipating this movie. She grew up with the first Cars movie and she loves Lightning McQueen so much. With the European travel backdrop, Cars 2 would be very exciting to watch.

  3. Kids are crazy about the Cars animated movie. My young cousin and my nephew are both Lightning McQueen fanatics. The nephew of my close friend also roots for Lightning McQueen. Lighting McQueen may as well be added to the basic vocabulary of toddlers. Ahh… the influence of Disney and Pixar.

  4. My 5-year old daughter is also obsessed with Cars. She even made me buy her a toy lightning McQueen car instead of a Barbie doll. She is fond of Mater too.

  5. I watched this movie with my nephew and he was really ecstatic. I was particularly interested by the fact that they included an environmental theme in the movie, with the story line touching on whether Allinol, an alternative fuel, is safe for use or not. I was entertained to say the least, but my nephew was all smiles when we went out of the cinema.

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