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Old 05-13-2011, 02:12 PM   #11
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An interview with John Lasseter (part 3)


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How does the friendship between Lightning McQueen and Mater evolve in “Cars 2”?

JL: Lightning McQueen and Mater have this deep friendship and it’s the emotional core of this movie. This special friendship gets tested in a very different and interesting way. It’s about how the strength of a friendship can be tested. What may be solid in one place can appear much different in another. Put a friendship to the test under a different set of circumstances and in a different setting—how true and deep is this friendship, really?

Mater is such a special character; he’s honest and completely straightforward and tells it exactly like it is. He’s just fun and loveable. When a character as innocent as that discovers that people are not laughing with him, like he’s always thought his entire life, but laughing at him, it’s absolutely heartbreaking to see him become immediately and more realistically aware, and learn the truth about himself—or what he thinks is the truth about himself. It’s very touching because through his own journey, his friendship with Lightning McQueen is eventually made even stronger. They both realize that, you know what? Mater is who he is, and it’s not Mater who has to change, it’s the world that should change.


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How does 3D elevate “Cars 2”?

JL: I love 3D probably more than any other director. I took my wedding pictures in 3D! Our short film “Knick Knack” that we made in 1989 was made in 3D before there were any 3D theaters out there. And I always felt our medium of computer animation is perfectly matched to it.

“Cars 2,” it’s really made with 3D in mind. And 3D for a Pixar film is not about all the coming-at-you stuff, it’s just about making the world that much more believable and immersive, like a window into that world. You get invested in it. And I think that when you see “Cars 2” in 3D, there is so much thought put into the elements – things are very reflective, to make it very glitzy and glamorous and sexy and cool. But it’s also thought out, because the lighting adds a tremendous amount of depth in 3D. Wet streets, shiny cars, shiny buildings. It’s like, wow!

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