Detroit Auto Show was inspiration for Pixar's Cars, says John Lasseter
This is where the move Cars got its start.
The idea for Cars came from my own life.
My father was a parts manager at a Chevrolet dealership in Whittier, California, where I grew up.
My mother was an art teacher.
And when I finished directing Toy Story 2, At the end of 1999, I took my family on a cross country motorhome trip.
And my life had been driven by deadlines.
Deadlines, deadlines, deadlines.
And on that trip, I learned a lesson.
That the journey is the reward, not about the destination, it's about the journey.
When I came back from this trip, I knew what my next movie, I wanted it to be about, was a character learning this, and I thought, what better character to learn this in a purpose built race car that's built to get to the checkered flag and the finish line before anybody else.
And to have him get stuck in an old Route 66 camp and learned what I have learned, journey in life as a reward.
So just one of the things which each of our films is very important is to get the details right, and we believe in tremendous amount of research, so being a car guy And growing up with motor oil going through my blood, research about cars and racing and everything was awesome.
It's like doing research on Toy Story and going to Toys R Us during work hours and buy all the toys I wanted with a company credit card for research.
I thought this, this is gonna be that much fun.
And so the place that we started in 2001 was here.
In Cobo Hall at the North American International Auto Show.
It was the very first place that we came.
And I want to thank from the bottom of my heart The North American International Auto Show for starting it off and giving us so much inspiration that led to this gigantic franchise for the Disney company.
We wanna get the details right.
And I think of all of the notoriety that we have gotten for the Cars franchise and I think Autoweek Magazine calling Cars, the first Cars, The greatest movie about cars and racing ever.
Really, really made me proud because we wanted to get the details right.
And that doesn't stop.
We're moving on to Cars 3. Cars 3 comes out this summer in June, and Lightning McQueen is making its return.
But if you remember in Cars 1, Lightning McQueen was the hot shot rookie who came in and took the racing world by storm.
Ladies and Gentlemen, the real Lightning McQueen.
Yes, we're gonna do that right now.
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