ComingSoon.net exclusively debuted a few pieces of concept art for Cars 2. These are a bit different from the previous conceptual artwork that was unveiled by Disney a few months ago, as these look specifically at how the artists at Pixar reworked some of the famous landmarks that will be seen in the upcoming Cars film.
UPDATE (4:00 PM): We have added descriptions and hi-res versions of the images. Make sure to click on them to view all the spectacular minor details present in each one of these.
LE VROOM – While the real Eiffel Tower was built in 1889, artists from Pixar Animation Studios began “carifying” it in June 2009. Concept art showcases the “carified” elements-the arches at its base take the form of wheels topped by car grill facades; the Tower’s top sports a modified spark plug and car antenna. This concept art was created to help design the look of the film before the set was built in the computer.
THE ROYAL TREATMENT – Pixar reimagines London’s New House of Parliament and Big Ben in Disney.Pixar’s “Cars 2.” Concept art created in July 2010 showcases the “carified” elements. Big Ben is transformed into Big Bentley, with spark plug towers, car grill arches and classic Bentley hood ornaments. The rest of the Parliament has car grills and headlights built into the faade with spark plugs on the spires. This concept art was created to help design the look of the film before the set was built in the computer.
THAT’S AMORE – Pixar reimagines the signature casinos of the European Riviera in Disney.Pixar’s “Cars 2″ with the fictional Porto Corsa Casino in Italy. Concept art created in July 2010 showcases the “carified” elements – instead of lion statues on the building corners, Pixar artists created car statuary details. This concept art was created to help design the look of the film before the set was built in the computer.
As we saw in the original Cars, buildings and various items had to be redesigned in order for the story to make sense. It would be less realistic to simply see our world animated, as the characters would not be able to perform the same functions as humans. Additionally, similar to the images above, we saw areas that were ‘car-ified’ to highlight the central role of the characters in the Cars universe.
The creativity and attention to detail at Pixar never fails to amaze us. Just take one look at the image of the casino above and you will notice that the statues around the building are cars. Even if they are seen in the final cut of the film, it will likely only be for a few seconds (if that much).
Cars 2 drives into theaters on June 24, which is now less than 100 days away!