It may be Pixar’s 25th Anniversary today, but that does not mean the studio is taking a holiday! Disney has released images and character descriptions for two more new Cars 2 characters today. Acer and Grem, who look quite devious, join an ever-growing cast of new characters. Check out the images and official descriptions below.
[UPDATE (2/4/11): Added turntable videos for both characters]
Acer (voice of Peter Jacobson)
Acer has always felt like an outcast in the car world. The beat-up green AMC Pacer joined forces with fellow “lemon” cars as henchmen for the devious Professor Z, whose clandestine mission is to wreak havoc at the highly visible World Grand Prix. Acer must hunt down the American and British secret agents who’ve stolen crucial information about Professor Z’s underhanded plot—his primary target just happens to be Mater, who’s been mistaken for a spy. Acer tries very hard to be a tough guy, but he’s over-eager compared to his no-nonsense accomplice Grem.
Grem (voice of Joe Mantegna)
Grem is a dented, rusty orange AMC Gremlin. After years of being dismissed for his design, even being called a “lemon,” Grem has a big chip on his fender that has led him to the underworld of international espionage. As a henchman for a villainous boss Professor Z, Grem and his partner-in-crime Acer are trying to sabotage the World Grand Prix and the famous race cars competing in it. When Grem and Acer mistake Mater for an American agent with important top-secret information, the ruthless lemons set out on a round-the-globe chase to stop Mater from foiling their evil scheme.
The names of these characters continue Pixar’s creative play on the real-life cars they are based on. Also, you can never be too sure of a character’s true personality from images (see: the main villains in Toy Story 2 and 3), but these two look like they just might be up to no good.
Cars 2 hits North American theaters on June 24, 2011. That is now less than five months away!