July 22, 2014

Japanese Characters Drive Into Cars 2. Plus Retro-Style Japanese Posters.

A number of Cars 2 characters were unveiled today by Disney/Pixar, along with several new pieces of retro-style artwork promoting the film. The one commonality between the characters and the artwork is that they are all related to Tokyo, Japan. With the city being a major stop in the World Grand Prix for racers, it is not surprising to see that there will be a large Japanese influence in the film. Read on to view hi-res images and descriptions of the characters in addition to some gorgeous new artwork.


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Okuni is a micro car Kabuki dancer who dons the traditional white-painted face and an exquisite colorful kimono for her performances at the Kabuki theater in Tokyo, Japan.

Kingpin Nobunaga

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As a professional Sumo wrestler at an arena in Tokyo, Japan, Kingpin Nobunaga is a gold-painted micro van who fights his fiercest matches when he’s wearing his lucky purple mawashi.

Pinion Tanaka

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Pinion Tanaka is a gold-painted micro van and a professional Sumo wrestler from Tokyo, Japan, who’s always a menacing sight in the ring in his signature teal mawashi.

Zen Master

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A master in the art of sculpting the serene zen rock garden at the Tokyo museum, Zen Master wears his old woven reed hat and uses his antique wood rake to create mesmerizing patterns in the garden’s sand.

Below, check out some more great retro-style posters that have been hung up in the atrium at Pixar in Emeryville:

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With all the amazing artwork (and trailer footage) that we have seen, Cars 2 is likely going to be a visual feast!

Cars 2 rolls into theaters on June 24 – less than 75 days from now!

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About Samad Rizvi

Samad is the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The Pixar Times and The Disney Times. His favorite films include The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, Vertigo, Back to the Future, Children of Men, Pan's Labyrinth, and of course, Pixar's Monsters, Inc., WALL-E and Up.