The name’s Mater, Tow Mater; Cars 2

July 15, 2011 at 12:32 pm Leave a comment

Cars 2 directed by John Lasseter and Brad Lewis; produced by Denise Ream; a Disney/Pixar production; 2011.

Everything in Radiator Springs is rejuvenated.  Lightning McQueen has become a racing legend with help from his friends, including Mater.  When the first ever World Grand Prix is announced, Mater talks his friend into participating in the biggest race the world’s ever seen.  As competitors from around the globe gather in Japan to start the race, Mater is mistaken for an agent carrying secrets.  Add disasters for competitors along the racetrack and Mater and McQueen are in for one worldwide adventure.  Picture a James Bond movie starring cars.  Now picture a bumbling Inspector Clouseau joining Bond on a mission.  You’ve got an idea of how the plot will unfold.

At first, I was disappointed by the fast-paced action of this sequel.  I missed the nostalgia and story development of the original movie.  I’ve always fantasized about a lingering road trip along Route 66, so the idea of reigniting attention in a town along the route fascinated me.

But as this impossible mission unfolded, with Mater at the wheel, I was as enamored with the story as the multi-generational audience around me at the theater.  There are plenty of laughs and references for the adults (i.e. “Materhosen”) and the children will thrill to the adventure and near-catastrophes for Mater’s debut as an international spy.  Everyone will relate to the friendship and loyalty shown by all of the characters from Radiator Springs.  Disney/Pixar has once again provided a summer movie that will appeal to the whole family.

Because this year’s summer reading theme @ your library has an international bent, tie-ins with this movie are mandatory!  Librarians could put together a Cars 2 themed reading list recommending books, movies and music about all of the countries Mater and McQueen visit.  Don’t forget to include the dedicated website for the movie ( as there are activities, games, videos and downloads available there.  Hot Wheels also has online racing games:

A cool programming or story time idea could be based on the party at the kick off of the race.  I’d read an early reader book based on the movie.  I envision making candy sushi with “wasabi”; games using fuzzy dice; some races using Hot Wheels track and cars; and of course, a variety of Japanese candies and sodas.  (Have you seen the bottles with the marbles?  Check Five Below or World Market.)  Don’t forget, you heard it here first! 😉


Entry filed under: Children's Full-length Movie.

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