John Lasseter has my dream job. Honestly, the intern that works as the bottom tier of Pixar has my dream job. Yes since Pixar released their very first movie all I could dream about was working at Pixar as a computer animator. John Lasseter is a family man with five boys and a very sweet wife. I briefly met her before the Hollywood premiere and she doted on my dress, which was so very kind of her.
When we interviewed John he wasn’t sporting his usual Hawaiian shirt, he was wearing a custom made Hawaiian Cars 2 shirt. From everything I learned about John Lasseter, I learned that he’s very passionate about his work. As a team they research every detail for their movies. Take for instance the cities, they spent time in each city making sure they were quite accurate. The cars well here’s what John had to say about researching and naming the cars:
“we go to the car company to ask their permission. But there’s a lot of things were people’s kind of names and if there’s a big advert on the — advertisement on the side of one of the double-decker buses in London that’s Callahan’s and that’s Sharon Callahan, our lighting lead.”
And the cities that he found most glamorous, “I kept going to Japan and the UK and Italy and France and Germany and all these places that have their own car cultures and great cars and amazing roads and very different than here. and I thought it be really fun to take our characters to these places so kind of those ideas and spy movies, you know, travel around the world, you know, in these glamorous places. And I thought this is gonna be really fun and it satisfied me for wanting to do something that’s really different than the original movie.”
I’ve seen the movie twice and the second time I noticed much more than I did the first. For instance, the second time I watched the movie I noticed how accurate Paris was to my memory. John noted that there are so many details in Cars 2 that every time you watch it you’ll notice something else. “You’re going to have to single frame some of this stuff but it’s hilarious.”
When making a movie, it’s the story that’s most important. It’s important to John Lasseter that every character is appealing and tells a story. “You have to tell a compelling story that keeps people on the edge of their seat where they can’t wait to see what happens next and it works for adults as well as kids. You populate that story with really memorable characters, uh, and appealing characters. That’s really the important thing for me. Even the bad guy should be appealing that you enjoy watching and you put those characters in that story in a believable world. Not realistic but believable for the story you’re telling.”
Cars 2 is a great family film with action suspense and lots of heart. I found all of the characters, even the bad guys believable and realistic. Cars 2 transports you into the middle of their lives and you’ll be on the edge of your seat wondering what’s going to happen next.
My Trip and all expenses were provided by Disney