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Don't Believe the Hype: Pixar's 'Cars 2' a Slick, Satisfying Race to the Finish Line

Move over, James Bond. There’s a new spy patrolling the globe, and if his affectations seem comparatively pedestrian – he can’t handle a martini, shaken or stirred, and he sports a thick coat of rust where Her Majesty’s favorite sleuth prefers finely fitted Savile Row – he is, dents and all, more recognizably human.

He is Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy), a happy-go-lucky tow-truck whose best friend, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), happens to be the world’s fastest racer.

Pixar's John Lasseter Channels His Inner Child, Toying with the Mechanics of 'Cars 2'

He was born in Hollywood, the son of Jewell Mae, a high-school art teacher, and Paul Lasseter, a parts manager at Chevrolet dealership. He is an avid NASCAR fan, a personal friend of three-time Daytona 500 winner Jeff Gordon, and in his spare time, whenever that is, he likes to catch the races at the Infineon Raceway in Sonoma.

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