Pixar [Updated]: Cars 2 & Toy Story 3 Plots Revealed

Published 6 years ago by , Updated September 15th, 2009 at 11:35 am,

toy story 3 cars 2 Pixar [Updated]: Cars 2 & Toy Story 3 Plots Revealed

[Update: We have additional Toy Story 3 Info! See post for details.]

Pixar’s John Lasseter was recently on hand at the Disney Animation Showcase in London, where he showed some footage and spilled some beans about the plots of the upcoming Pixar sequels, Toy Story 3 and Cars 2.

I can tell you upfront that the story revealed for Toy Story 3 pretty much confirms early rumors, while the plot of Cars 2 will be less down-home Southern-fried yarn, and more James Bond.

Pixar fans, if you’ve been waiting to know what’s in store for the next installments of two of your favorite franchises, keep reading.


According to the footage shown, the next Toy Story film will take us ahead to the future where the little boy Andy is now teenage Andy headed off to college, while our favorite toys are headed for a storage unit. When Andy can’t part with his childhood pal Woody (Tom Hanks), the limber little cowboy is forced to set out on a journey to save his fellow toys from the horrible dregs of…a daycare center. I suspect that to the toys, a room full of spastic toddlers will seem like The Spanish Inquisition. I’m already chuckling.

Lasseter also confirmed that former 007 Timothy Dalton will be joining the cast, playing a snooty hedgehog who goes by the (awesome) name of “Mr. Pricklepants.”

Update: Thanks to Slash Film and Twitter we now know the following additional details about Toy Story 3:

  • John Morris, the voice of the young Andy in Toy Story and Toy Story 2 is back for part 3. This time round, Andy is 18 years old. Morris is currently age 24.
  • Also joining the cast are Pixar vets Jeff Garlin (Wall-E) and Bonnie Hunt (A Bug’s Life, Cars, Monsters Inc.). Whoopi Goldberg will also be making her Pixar debut. Not sure who any of the actors will be voicing.


The sequel to the 2006 Pixar flick Cars will once again focus on sports car Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), who has graduated to a global Race of Champions that is chock full of other speedsters from around the world. Joining McQueen on his journey will be pal Mater (Larry The Cable Guy), and according to Lasseter, Cars 2 will be a spy-thriller (?), which culminates with a Buckingham Palace throwdown. Rumors are that yet another former (or current?) 007 might be joining the Cars 2 cast.

I love Toy Story, and am eager to see the next installment (in 3D no less!). The plot already has me in goosebumps anticipating all the poignant life lessons about childhood-adulthood transitioning – the childish things we keep and those things we put away – which Pixar is sure to lace into the story. Also the day care scenes already sound like they’re chock full of comedic potential. Count me in.

Cars, on the other hand… never really was able to make it through the first film, and the plot of the sequel has me even less interested. Something about talking cars that look like cartoons never really did it for me. I mean it didn’t quite tickle my gear-head bone, and it didn’t quite tickle my cartoon funny bone, either.

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But hey, I’m sure that’s not the case for everybody, so I’ll wait to hear what YOU think in the comments.

Cars 2 hits theaters on June 24, 2011. Toy Story 3 will hit theaters on June 18, 2010.

If you want to catch up on your Toy Story films, remember the first two films in the franchise are being shown in 3D for a limited engagement double-feature event starting October 2nd.

Source (and header image): Cinematical

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  2. Toy Story sounds fantastic.

    Cars…. eh. Cars may be my least favorite of the pixar.

  3. I like all the pixar movies. Up was pretty good in my opinion. The incredibles is definately my favorite and I would love to see more of them. I also liked Cars which actually out sold Toy Story in both ticket sales and merchandising world wide. Go figure. But yes…definately more Incredibles please!

  4. Timothy Dalton is awesome. Looking forward to it even more now.

  5. i thought “up” was a fantastic movie and i have to say that i am pretty excited about toy story as well. i will be taking my three year old to see it.

  6. I want to see The Incredibles fighting against enemies like Hugo -El Socavadorrrrrrr- Chávez. I really think we need someone just to do that. Comunism is growing and all we need serve to stop that totalitarism. I like Pixar because near them it just doesn’t matter if your righty or lefty: all is right because they are moderate and concentrated in what all of us would/can want.
    And go, Indy, ¡go! We need more of that.
    Let the true heroes just return.

  7. I wonder if we will see any marvel toys having cameos in toy story lol

  8. I never saw Cars and the parts of it I did see never did anything for me. I won’t be seeing the 2nd one. Toy Story 3 should be interesting since the first 2 were both great movies.

    I also want to see an Incredibles sequel. That was easily my favorite Pixar movie to date.

  9. I’m very excited for both! My little man loves Cars! It was his first ‘favorite’. Can’t wait! Too bad they take so long to come out but Pixar films are nearly always worth it.

  10. i loved cars 1 i had every toy
    ive seen toy story 3 already cos i own a time machine i am gonna see cars 2 tomorrow

  11. toy story 3 is one of the best!absolutely loved it!and still watch it once in a while 😉