Little bears are watching 2, Cars 2 🙂
Not only it is a James Bond style movie but an international adventure! Lightning McQueen and Mater, along with Luigi, Guido, Fillmore and Sarge, travel the world so Lightning can compete in the first annual World Grand Prix held by a wealthy car named Miles Axlerod. While Mater becomes involved in an elaborate international espionage adventure.
The race begins in Tokyo.
The Mount Fuji seen in the film has snow runoff that looks like tire tread-marks. The Rainbow Bridge seen in Japan is made up of automobile parts, including valves, rocker arms and springs. The World Grand Prix kick-off party was not in the film when the production team visited Tokyo’s National Art Center, but was added because the design and look of the space inspired the scene. Glass elevators in the museum were turned into tubular elevators with piston-shaped platforms in the film.
The second leg of the Grand Prix is held Porto Corsa, Italy. Little bears can’t visit Porto Corsa since it’s fictional! But they have visited the Amalfi Coast. In creating the look of the fictitious Italian seaside town Porto Corsa, Cars 2 production designers combined the racetrack of Monaco with the terrain of the Amalfi Coast.
The Porto Corsa Marina is shaped like an automobile wheel. The casino in Porto Corsa is built on a rocky outcropping shaped like a 1948 Fiat 500 Topolino. At the craps table at the Porta Corsa casino, the game is played with fuzzy dice, much like the kind you might find hanging from a car’s rearview mirror.
The third and final leg of the Grand Prix is held in London.
In the London of Cars 2, the landmark dome of St. Paul’s cathedral is shaped like a car’s differential gear casing. London’s famed clock tower, Big Ben, is named Big Bentley and is made up of Bentley grilles and hood ornaments. The Latin inscription below the clock dial on Big Bentley reads “God Salvage Crown Victoria the First” – a reference to the Ford Crown Victoria.
There is no racing in Paris, but you can’t go to Europe and not go to Paris! Little bears have been four times!
Mater visits the iconic city as part of his role in the elaborate international espionage storyline.
Paris’ iconic Notre Dame Cathedral in the film is adorned with 24 “car-goyle” statues and flying buttresses in the shape of exhaust pipes. The Pont des Arts is made with automobile leaf springs – a type of spring used in car suspensions. The top of the Eiffel Tower is the shape of a 1930’s European spark plug; its base contains the features of a French wire wheel. The top of the Arc de Triomphe was designed in the shape of an engine block with headlights in the front features.
During the credits, Lightning McQueen and Mater are driving through various locations around the world before finally returning to Radiator Springs.
Switzerland – on the list!
Germany – on top of the list!
Already have the green hats 🙂
Russia – on the list!
Egypt – thinking about it…
India – thinking about it…
China – on the list!
Hawaii – on the list!
San Francisco – thinking about it…