I took a break from posting my experience with the Disney Dreamworks Event because it was just SO much to take in. In fact, even almost a month later, I’m still reeling from the excitement and the memories of it all. Not only did I get to walk the Red Carpet at the CARS 2 World Premiere, but I also got to interview the talent from the movie, and view the movie, not once, but twice, before it hit theaters.
Now, I’ve written all kinds of posts about CARS 2, but I haven’t written a full on review because, truth be told, I had mixed feelings about the movie. I wanted to save my thoughts until my children saw it. It is only THEN could I write a thorough and honest review for families. So, my review goes LIVE tomorrow, but today? I want to share all kinds of fun from third and final day of the event!
The first part of the day was all about the Press Junket. We had the chance to meet John Lasseter, Director of CARS 2, and pick his brain about the making of the movie. I jumped at the chance to ask the first question and it went a little something like:
Me: One surprising detail in the movie that we’re all really excited about was the secret little words on the background sounds, such as Lassetyre. Are there any other ones that we might have missed?
John Lasseter: Everything. My wife always said don’t make a movie for the first one someone sees it. Make it for the one hundredth time a parent has to suffer through it. The detailing in Cars 2 is unlike any movie we’ve made. We’ve always had fun with adding things in there but if you look closely every word that’s printed especially like in London with all the adverts and all that stuff is the, uh, it’s all “Car-ified”, all car related stuff. We don’t do product placement and, you know, when there’s a real model car in the Cars movies or a real toy in the Toy Story thing it’s because we want it to be there to help give us a level of believability. And then 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 stuff.
|All 22 of the #DisneyDreamworksEvent Bloggers with CARS 2 Director John Lasseter.
Photographer Credit: Debby Coleman
John Lasseter let us in on the balance of “drinking” and “violence” in the CARS 2 Movie, which I will address tomorrow in my review. It’s definitely on the minds of all of us Mommas, I’m sure.
We got the chance to talk to Owen Wilson (Voice of Lightening McQueen, Eddie Izzard (Voice of Miles Axelrod), Larry the Cable Guy (Voice of Tow Mater), and Emily Mortimer (Voice of Holley Shiftwell). This by far was the most nerve wracking, but what I found most profound was how passionate they are for the movie empire. They all understood how the first CARS Movie is seen as a Classic and this was a lot for them to live up to.
Again, I wanted to ask a question that was kind of funny, kinda of light, and well, just cool to let you guys in on. So, here goes me, embarrassing myself in front of movie stars:
Me: I have a 4 year old and he asked me the other day to give him a bologna and marshmallow sandwich. He said, “Mom can you ask Lightning McQueen what’s the grossest thing he’s ever eaten?”
Owen Wilson: Um I, I– you know what it was, was in Australia they uh– I did a morning show and they asked me if I wanted to try Vegemite and so I was thinking that it’s okay. It’s the morning time all– that that it was dark. So I was thinking somehow that it was gonna’ be kinda’ sweet or something and it’s the furthest thing from sweet. And it was just…it’s yeast or something? It is salted yeast or– Yeast mixed with the devil. Yeah it was the foulest tasting stuff I’ve ev– I, I couldn’t even swallow. Uh so that would be me.
Eddie Izzard: This is not the worst thing but I, I was at a boarding school after my mom died at the age of 6 and some people were chewing gum. Yeah I know it was rough. Not to be recommended for, for kids. Um and uh chewing gum was kind of cool. And we weren’t allowed any money or food or trousers or anything. Um but I found chewing gum in a hedge and so I thought uh, I thought gum. So and I should say, because your all moms, I washed it thoroughly. Any bloody difference, but uh I washed it and then I– it was like rock and then I chewed– I chewed it all day and then I put it in my locker of the night. And then the next day I could have it. Yeah I was, I was extremely cool. I don’t know who I was impressing, but uh myself maybe.
|Photography Credit: Debby Coleman|
Talking to Larry the Cable Guy, let me just get it out there,…. is friggin hilarious. The man is just SO funny and kind and just real. Man he’s just real, like me and you. Emily is downright inspiring. She seems like this quiet glam gal that will never take credit for all the beauty, wit, and strength she beholds. I like that. I like that she’s empowering, but not in an overwhelming kind of way. I had one question to ask the both of them:
Me: They asked in an earlier session, what was your favorite part of the movie that you just enjoyed doing?
Emily: I said I loved every single minute of it. It was too enjoyable. It was — it was just a thrill to be in the company of John Lasseter making this film and — and to just feel that this is a guy that does it how it should be done. You know, somebody that is just so passionate and gets such a kick out of what he does and is so bright, and pays such attention to detail and is so collaborative and kind. It’s just amazing.
But my best moment of all was the day that we watched the movie and I had my little boy with me. He’s coming tonight for the Premiere too but he, you know, he hadn’t seen it before and he — he’s 7 so he’s the perfect age for this and he’s known Pixar all his life. And — and the moment where I get wings and I fly and he turned to me and he went, Mom, you’re amazing! That’s the, you know, it was just so great. And he’s not usually that impressed by me. So it was really cool.
Larry: Uh, in the, I like the part were Mater, uh, eats the Wasabi [UNINTELLIGIBLE UNDER LAUGHTER] More of that Ice Cream! Boy, come on, it’s free, ain’t it? I get some. I do. Let’s go, it’s free. Move on there! Get her done. That’s, I like that part, you know.
|Photography Credit: Debby Coleman|
The event ended with our interview with Producer of CARS 2 Denise Ream. Wow. I didn’t get a chance to ask her a question (C’mon I didn’t want to hog ALL the questions), but listening to her talk about how inspired she was throughout the process of the movie and her journey BEFORE the making of CARS 2 was incredible.
I love her.
Question from another blogger: As your career has evolved, would you have ever pictured this for yourself?
Denise Ream: Today is a pretty surreal day to be honest for me. You know I, I wanted to be a producer. I decided you know, I’ve been doing this a while. But like did I ever imagine I would produce a movie for John Lasseter? No. I mean I was born three miles away. My great grandparents lived three blocks away. There’s a theater named after my grandfather a mile away. My parents are both from Los Angeles and the fact that tonight is just, it’s actually kind of overwhelming. [CRYING] [CLAPPING] No, I mean it’s just like gosh I can’t believe it. It’s huge. And it’s been hard work, you know, sacrifice a lot. Anyway, sorry.
Getting an insider’s view of the movie, whether I liked it or not (you’ll know tomorrow), was just surreal. Each character has a very unique talent they bring to the movie and the Director and Producer have this infectious passion that makes me want to route for every project they take on. I will say this about the third day of the Disney Dreamworks Event…. I wish I could have met Cheech Marin. Seriously. No, all kidding aside, tomorrow, my review of the movie goes LIVE along with pictures straight from the Red Carpet and After Party.
Check out more of our Disney Dreamworks Event Coverage:
- Baytown Mom Heads to Hollywood!
- CARS 2 Prize Pack Giveaway!
- Wordless Wednesday: Latinas on the Red Carpet for CARS 2
- Hollywood Day 1: Meeting the Talent of Winnie the Pooh
- Toys News: CARS 2 Toys Hit Store Shelves
- Hollywood Day 2: Screening The Help Movie and Holding an Oscar
- Movie Talk: Who Do You Call in CARS 2?
- Momma Findings Records Piglet from the NEW Winnie the Pooh Movie
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