April 18, 2006

The stars of Disney/Pixar’s animated ‘CARS’ come to Toronto, Monday April 24th.

Burbank, California – Two of the stars of Disney/Pixar’s new computer-animated movie “CARS” will race straight off the movie screen and into the real world. Actual life-sized models of hotshot rookie racecar Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and Sally Carrera, a snazzy 2002 Porsche 911 (voiced by Bonnie Hunt) will hit the road today for Disney/Pixar’s “CARS Road Trip ’06”.

The film’s sheet metal counterparts were created by famed movie car creator and customizer Eddie Paul of Customs By Eddie Paul, with help from Porsche and Pixar Animation Studios’ artists and technicians. Paul is responsible for famous Hollywood car creations such as the hot rod that John Travolta drove in “Grease” as well as custom built vehicles for “The Fast and the Furious” and “xXx.”

“CARS” tells the story of Lightning McQueen, a hotshot rookie racecar driven to succeed, who discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town’s offbeat characters who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship. The all-star vocal cast includes free-wheeling performances by Paul Newman, Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, “Larry the Cable Guy”, Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenberger, Paul Dooley, Michael Wallis, Darrell Waltrip, Richard Petty, Jenifer Lewis and Jeremy Piven. Fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats, “CARS” races into theaters on June 9.

Disney/Pixar’s “CARS Road Trip 06” presented by State Farm will bring the “CARS” stars to life through interactive experiences. The tour, which was designed and will be managed by the Becker Group, will cross the U.S. with stops in over 40 cities and be highlighted by an appearance at the World Premiere for Disney/Pixar’s “CARS” on May 26 in Charlotte, North Carolina at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway. The only Canadian stop on the tour will be in Toronto on Monday, April 24th.

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