When crafting Cars 2, producer-director John Lasseter saw two films in particular, The Empire Strikes Back and The Godfather Part II, as guideposts for what he hoped to achieve with Disney/Pixar’s first non-Toy Story sequel. Given that those two titles are considered by many to be the greatest sequels of all time, one would think his aim might be a tad high for a talking-car movie starring Larry the Cable Guy. But if there’s anyone capable of building Cars 2 to such lofty standards, it’s Lasseter, whose track record over the last 25 years as Pixar’s chief creative mind is nothing short of breathtaking.
John Lasseter interview:
Cars 2 opens everywhere this Friday, June 24, 2011.