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'Cars' Revs Up Road-Trip Memories

updated February 21, 2017

Pixar and Disney have teamed up for Cars, a new adventure comedy about Lightning McQueen, an eager young race car (Owen Wilson) who gets sidetracked in a sleepy town off Route 66 while traveling cross country to a big championship in California. Colorful local characters include Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet (Paul Newman), and Sally, a plucky 2002 Porsche (Bonnie Hunt). Director John Lasseter began work on the movie just after wrapping Toy Story 2, and had promised his wife and five sons a break. He watched Divided Highways, a documentary about the interstate highway system, before taking the summer off.

"I started thinking about this whole idea of the modern highways versus the old highways. So my family took a two-month trip in a motor home. We put our feet in the Pacific, turned, and we had two months to get to the Atlantic, put our feet in the Atlantic, anywhere, and then come back. And we became so close as a family. And I came back, and I realized that I knew what this movie needed to be about. It was what I discovered on this trip, that the journey in life is the reward. It's great to have goals, it's great to achieve things, but when you achieve great things you want to have your family and friends around you to help celebrate. If you don't, it's meaningless. The journey in life is the reward." pixar.com/featurefilms/cars/

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