John Lasseter announced today that Cars 2 would be pushed "forward" to the summer of 2011 from it’s previous slot in 2012. Lasseter told the reporters at the Walt Disney Studios Showcase (held at the Kodak Theater) that the sequel was inspired by cars he saw around the world in his publicity tours and features Mater the tow truck getting his passport and taking a worldwide trip with Lightning McQueen.
He also gave more information on Cars Toons the TV interstitials that will air on Disney Channel (and will also be available online) based on the Cars characters. These shorts will feature Mater’s Tall Tales, a group of stories told by the trusty tow truck himself, the first in the series was shown at the presenation in which Mater tells Lightning how he used to be a fire truck.
This is very exciting news for Pixar fans, but it also leaves one question, which Pixar movie will be moved? There are a few possible scenarios:
1) Newt getting pushed to the Summer of 2012 or Winter of 2010 (Note: Newt has no cast listed yet, so the former is more likely).
2) Newt becomes a winter 2011 release, and The Bear and the Bow becomes a Summer 2012 release, very unlikely.
3) Three Pixar movies in one year, this means two sequels back to back.
(via MTV Movies Blog)
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