Did You Miss the RATATOUILLE Easter Egg in CARS 2? See It Here Along with Many Others

     July 5, 2011


One of the joys of Pixar films is that the animators and creatives at the studio go out of their way to infuse each film with a number of hidden easter eggs for hardcore Pixar fans to spot. Their latest output, Cars 2, is no exception. While a lot of the widely known eggs like the Pizza Planet truck and the number A113 show up, some hidden gags are bit more subtle. Now Disney has released a list of all the easter eggs that were hidden in the film, and they’ve also pointed out specific parts of the movie that were “car-ified” (Director John Lasseter wanted to infuse as many of the locations and buildings surrounding the Cars world with automobile references or car-reminiscent shapes, hence “car-ified”).

Hit the jump to check out the list to spot what you may have missed. The film features the voice talents of talent of Owen Wilson, Larry the Cable Guy, Emily Mortimer, Jason Isaacs, Bruce Campbell, John Turturro, Thomas Kretschmann, and Michael Caine. Cars 2 is in theaters now.

Here’s the list:

NOD TO THE NUMBER — The number A113, which refers to John Lasseter, Brad Bird, Pete Docter and Andrew Stanton’s former classroom at CalArts, makes an appearance in every Pixar film. In “Cars 2,” you can see A113 in two places: as the number on Mater’s license plate, and as the number on Siddeley the spy jet’s tail fin.


THAT’S INCREDIBLE — In Radiator Springs, Mater drives past the Radiator Springs Drive-in, and the movie displayed on the marquee is “The Incredimobiles,” a car-ified version of Disney/Pixar’s 2004 film “The Incredibles.”
TAKE OUT OR DELIVERY — The Pizza Planet Truck, first seen in the original “Toy Story,” makes an appearance in almost every Pixar film. It actually appears twice in “Cars 2”—as a guest on the “Tire Talk” television show just before the Mel Dorado show comes on, and in the Radiator Springs epilogue as a race spectator when the jet-propelled Mater flies by.


SNEAK PEEK — In every Pixar film, savvy viewers can catch a sneak peek at a tease for the studio’s next release. In “Cars 2,” there is a “car-ified” version of prominent figures from 2012’s “Brave.” When the Lemons crash into Ye Left Turn Inn in the London sequence, look closely!
DINNER IS SERVED — In Paris, there is a restaurant called Gastow’s, a car-ified reference to Gusteau’s, the gourmet Parisian restaurant from “Ratatouille.”


MAKING THE ROUNDS In the London leg of the World Grand Prix, a banner advertising “Lassetyre” tires is visible, a reference to director John Lasseter.
FROM V8 TO V9 — The exterior of Flo’s V8 Café has been extended in “Cars 2” to accommodate the set for “Flo’s Cooking Show,” which was to be featured in a segment of the film that was eventually cut. However, you can still catch a glimpse of the extension when the café is viewed from the outside.
A STAR IS BORN — “Cars 2” director John Lasseter voices two characters in the film: John Lassetire, Jeff Gorvette’s crew chief, and a gambling car in the Porto Corsa Casino. His Porto Corsa line: “C’mon, fuzzy dice!”


LEWIS LENDS A LINE — “Cars 2” co-director Brad Lewis performs the voice of Tubbs Pacer, one of the Lemonheads featured in Porto Corsa.
WATERCOLOR WARFARE — Thompson, the spy train in “Cars 2,” contains many weapons with which the spies are outfitted. In the scene in which Mater is being equipped for his espionage duties, one of the weapons on display is actually a very lethal looking paintbrush.


Filmmakers “Car-ify” Iconic Global Locations

FIRST STOP—TOKYO – The World Grand Prix begins in Japan.

Mount Fuji, seen during the Japan trip in “Cars 2,” has been “car-ified” for the film. It 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 in to tubular elevators with piston-shaped platforms in the film.


OUI OUI PARIS – Though there is no racing in Paris, 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 in “Cars 2” is made with automobile leaf springs – a type of spring used in car suspensions.
The top of the Eiffel Tower seen in “Cars 2” 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 in “Cars 2” was designed in the shape of an engine block with headlights in the front features.


A longstanding Pont des Arts custom calls for couples to attach a padlock to the railing and throw the key in the river, sealing their love forever. The bridge features padlocks on the railing in “Cars 2.”
John Lasseter and wife Nancy learned during a visit to Paris that couples should kiss when they cross the Pont Des Arts. Two characters kiss on the bridge in “Cars 2”—and one is lavender, Nancy’s favorite color.


THE BEST OF THE EUROPEAN RIVIERA – 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 casino in Porto Corsa is built on a rocky outcropping shaped like a 1948 Fiat 500 Topolino.


The Porto Corsa Marina is shaped like an automobile wheel.
The church in Uncle Topolino’s village is called “Our Lady of Automobiles.”
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.

CROWNING THE CHAMPION – The World Grand Prix comes to a close 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 in “Cars 2,” 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.


cars-2-retro-poster-06ABOUT THE MOVIE

Star racecar Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) and his best friend, the incomparable tow truck Mater (voice of Larry the Cable Guy), jump start a new adventure to exotic lands stretching across the globe in “Cars 2.” The duo are joined by a hometown pit crew from Radiator Springs when they head overseas for the first-ever World Grand Prix, a race to determine the world’s fastest car.  But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and bombshells when Mater is mistakenly ensnared in an intriguing escapade of his own: international espionage.  Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile (voice of Michael Caine) and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell (voice of Emily Mortimer).  Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan, Italy, France and England, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new cast of cars, boats, trains and airplanes— complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors. John Lasseter returns to the driver’s seat to direct this follow-up to his 2006 Golden Globe®-winning “Cars.” “Cars 2” is co-directed by Brad Lewis, producer of the Oscar®-winning film “Ratatouille,” and produced by visual effects industry veteran Denise Ream (associate producer, “Up”; visual effects executive producer, “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith”).  In theaters now, “Cars 2” is presented in Disney Digital 3D™ and IMAX® 3D in select theaters.


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