Academy Award winning director John Lasseter received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame yesterday, the same day that CARS 2 Blu-Ray/DVD was released. On hand to show their support for the director were Owen Wilson, Emily Mortimer, Brad Paisley, Bonnie Hunt, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenberger, Patton Oswalt, Randy Newman and Don Rickles.
John Lasseter is a two-time Academy Award®-winning director and creatively oversees all films and associated projects from Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios (celebrating its 25th Anniversary in 2011). Lasseter made his feature directorial debut in 1995 with "Toy Story," the first-ever feature-length computer-animated film and, since then, has gone on to direct "A Bug's Life," "Toy Story 2" and "Cars." He returned to the driver's seat this year, directing "Cars 2."
His executive-producing credits include "Monsters, Inc.," "Finding Nemo," "The Incredibles," "Ratatouille," "WALL*E," "Bolt" and last year's critically acclaimed "Up," the first animated film ever to open the Cannes Film Festival and the recipient of two Academy Awards® for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Score. Lasseter also served as executive producer for Disney's Oscar®-nominated films "The Princess and the Frog" and "Tangled" as well as Pixar's most recent Academy Award-winner for Best Animated Feature and Best Original Song, "Toy Story 3," which is based on a story written by Lasseter, Andrew Stanton and Lee Unkrich.
Celebrating the 25th anniversary of Pixar Animation Studios, the high octane in-home release of Cars 2. Families and fans of all ages can come along on a journey around the world with the #1 animated film of the year and introduces an exclusive all-new animated short "Air Mater," featuring the fan favorite character spinning his tales in an exciting adventure high above Radiator Springs. The must-own animated release also includes fascinating commentary from award-winning director John Lasseter and "Hawaiian Vacation," the delightful animated short that accompanied the film in theatres. "Cars 2" is the first Pixar film to be released in spectacular Blu-ray 3D.
The film features an all-star vocal cast including Owen Wilson who reprises his role as hotshot racecar Lightning McQueen. Larry the Cable Guy provides the voice of Mater (proprietor of Tow Mater Towing and Salvage), Lightning McQueen's best friend and the heart and soul of Radiator Springs. Bonnie Hunt is back as Sally, the baby-blue Porsche 911 Carrera whose motor races for Lightning. Acclaimed actor Michael Caine makes his Pixar debut as Finn McMissile, a top British spy who mistakes Mater for an undercover American agent with a genius disguise. Emily Mortimer brings charm, cleverness and cachet as Holley Shiftwell, a rookie field spy who knows every trick in the manual. Also including, Cheech Marin and John Ratzenberger.