Automaker input benefits upcoming “Cars” film
The Detroit news has an article by Ann Job that discusses the upcoming Disney/Pixar Cars movie and how closely Director John Lasseter and his crew worked with real-life auto designers during development of the film. According to the article, Pixar solicited input from a variety of car designers and auto makers, include Porsche, Ford Designer J Mays and General Motors. Many characters in the film are like Mater (shown above), which is based on a 1950’s model Chevy Pickup.
Porsche arguably landed the best placement in the film, with a 911 model assuming a prominent role:
It turned out Lasseter’s team had decided from the beginning that a German-made Porsche would be in the film, Buck said.
Indeed, they had first wanted an old-model Porsche, but Bob Carlson, Porsche’s manager of automotive media, recalls shifting Pixar’s attention to the then-current generation 911 sports car.
Thus, in the film, the leading female character, Sally, who is Lightning McQueen’s friend and romantic interest, is a blue 2002 Porsche 911.
Buck suggested to the studio that Sally have the last name “Carrera.” It stuck.