BURBANK, Calif., May 9 /PRNewswire/ -- The World Premiere of Disney/Pixar's exciting new computer-animated feature, "CARS," on Friday, May 26th at Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte, is a complete sell-out nearly one month before the event, with more than 30,000 fans racing to buy tickets, it was announced today (5/9/06) by Lylle Breier, senior vice president of worldwide special events for Buena Vista Pictures Distribution.
Proceeds from the Premiere, which is sponsored by Kodak, will benefit Speedway Children's Charities, and Association of Hole in the Wall Camps. Disney CEO Bob Iger, Paul Newman (voice of Doc Hudson, a 1951 Hudson Hornet), "CARS" director John Lasseter, and racing legend Richard Petty (who voices a 1970 Plymouth Superbird called "The King" in the film), will be on hand for a special presentation to the two charities. Other voice talent from "CARS," including Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, and Larry the Cable Guy, along with some of the greatest names in racing history will also join in the festivities.
"CARS," directed by Academy Award(R)-winning filmmaker John Lasseter, will be shown on four giant custom-built outdoor movie screens (115-feet wide and 50-feet tall) at Turn #2 of the famed superspeedway. With the first-ever multi-screen outdoor digital projection, utilizing twelve DLP Cinema(R) projectors from Barco, Christie and NEC, and state-of-the-art sound, the film will look and sound its very best. The Disney/Pixar film "CARS" is set to open at theatres everywhere on June 9th.
Commenting on the announcement, Dick Cook, chairman of The Walt Disney Studios, said, "We're delighted with the overwhelming response to this event, and the fact that the Premiere will benefit both the Speedway Children's Charities and the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps makes it even more meaningful. 'CARS' is another amazing film from John Lasseter, and we know that May 26th is going to be a wonderful and entertaining night for everyone. We're very grateful to our friends at Lowe's Motor Speedway, and Kodak, for their generous support and contributions."
After taking moviegoers magically into the realm of toys, bugs, monsters, fish, and superheroes, the masterful storytellers and technical wizards at Pixar Animation Studios ("The Incredibles," "Finding Nemo," "Monsters, Inc."), and Academy Award(R)-winning director John Lasseter ("Toy Story," "Toy Story 2," "A Bug's Life"), hit the road with a fast-paced comedy adventure set inside the world of cars. Disney/Pixar's "CARS" is a high octane delight for moviegoers of all ages, fueled with plenty of humor, action, heartfelt drama, and amazing new technical feats.
Lightning McQueen (voiced by OWEN WILSON), a hotshot rookie race car driven to succeed, discovers that life is about the journey, not the finish line, when he finds himself unexpectedly detoured in the sleepy Route 66 town of Radiator Springs. On route across the country to the big Piston Cup Championship in California to compete against two seasoned pros, McQueen gets to know the town's offbeat characters -- including Doc Hudson (voiced by PAUL NEWMAN), Sally (a snazzy 2002 Porsche voiced by BONNIE HUNT), and Mater (a rusty but trusty tow truck voiced by LARRY THE CABLE GUY) -- who help him realize that there are more important things than trophies, fame and sponsorship.
The all-star vocal cast also includes free-wheeling performances by Tony Shalhoub, Michael Keaton, Cheech Marin, George Carlin, Katherine Helmond, and John Ratzenberger. Delivering more fun and authenticity to the cast for "CARS" are vocal performances from some of the all-time greatest names from the racing world including the legendary Richard Petty, plus "drive-on" roles by Mario Andretti, Dale Earnhardt, Jr., Darrell Waltrip (who holds the record for five-wins at the NASCAR Coca Cola 600), and Michael Schumacher, the ace German Formula 1 racing legend, who is a seven-times world champion, and is widely considered to be the best Grand Prix racing driver of all-time.
Affordable tickets for all other May NASCAR events at Lowe's Motor Speedway are still available and can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS or online at http://www.lowesmotorspeedway.com/.
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