Cars 2 Moves Up A Year

Pixar is moving up the release date of its “Cars” sequel by a full year – from the originally announced date of Summer 2012 to Summer 2011.

“Antz” and “Ratatouille” producer Brad Lewis will make his direcotrial debut on the film which will use car models from all over the world.

The story line has Mater getting his passport as he and Lightning McQueen travel the globe.

Also, an animated series of cartoons will be airing on The Disney Channel with the possibility of becoming direct-to-DVD features of their own.

“Mater’s Tall Tales”, featuring Larry the Cable Guy’s character, will be the first off the starting line and feature the character in earlier incarnations as a fire truck, dardevil and matador.