It feels like it has been a week since any news that didn’t involve Disney has come out. The Mouse House recently held their D23 Expo and a flood of announcements were made, including some new information on the highly anticipated sequels Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.
Toy Story 3 basically just made a bunch of casting announcements. /Film picked up on some Tweets from director Lee Unkrich and Disney that revealed that John Morris, the boy who voiced Andy in Toy Story and Toy Story 2, has been cast once again in the role, which now sees Andy as an 18-year-old young man. Also added to the cast is a great collection of names, some of which are Pixar veterans. Lending their voices once again will be Bonnie Hunt (A Bug’s Life/Cars/Monsters Inc., Jerry Maguire) and Jeff Garlin (Wall-E, Curb Your Enthusiasm); while new to the Pixar dance is Whoopi Goldberg (Ghost) and Timothy Dalton (Hot Fuzz), who will apparently be playing someone named Mr. Pricklepants.
The news regarding Cars 2 was more of a storyline reveal, sharing details of what we can expect on the second vehicular adventure. Latino Review is reporting that the movie will bring us back to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and the gang as they travel to Paris, Italy, Tokyo, London, and Germany on the worldwide Race of Champions circuit. While on this adventure around the globe, Mater (Larry the Cable Guy .. are we seriously still calling him that? Even The Rock went legit) finds himself rescuing a British secret agent named Finn McMissile, and getting caught up in a web of espionage. All original cast members are expected to return, except of course for the late Paul Newman.
Toy Story 3 is slated for a June 18, 2010 release, while Cars 2 is currently set for a release some time in 2011.