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Cars 2
(2011)
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Composed, Co-Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Co-Orchestrated and Conducted by:
Tim Simonec

Co-Orchestrated by:
Andrea Datzman
Marshall Brown
Ira Hearshen
Chris Tilton
Brad Dechter
Peter Boyer
Mark Gasbarro
Cameron Patrick
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LABEL & RELEASE DATE
Walt Disney Records
(June 14th, 2011)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you spin your wheels with enthusiasm for snazzy, high-octane scores that parody the espionage genre, for Michael Giacchino never brakes in his race to pass many of the stereotypical markers of vintage spy music.

Avoid it... if you expect to hear more than just hints of music connected to Randy Newman's score for Cars or, for that matter, anything to indicate that this is an automotive-related topic with even remote emotional appeal.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #1,246
WRITTEN 6/16/11
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Cars 2: (Michael Giacchino) One of the most admirable things about Pixar and its limited selection of feature films is the studio's instinct for originality and hesitance to indulge in sequels. Pixar broke their "no sequels" rule with the Toy Story franchise, with surprisingly solid results, but the long-developed follow-up to 2006's Cars is a slipperier slope. Despite the neatly wrapped storyline of the previous film, Cars 2 takes the animated collection of automotive favorites from the concept and branches them out into the international world of racing and high stakes espionage. While most of the characters from Cars make a return, the plot of Cars 2 focuses on Lightning McQueen and his best buddy, Mater the tow truck, as they travel around the world for racing competitions but accidentally get caught up in the spy industry. The charm of Radiator Springs is largely abandoned in favor of the flashy city atmospheres and James Bond-like plot elements, though the merchandising for Cars 2 will undoubtedly be aided by the slew of new characters that the two favorites meet along the way. The music for Pixar movies has typically fallen to a small handful of specific composers and a minimal number of contemporary songs. Comparatively, Cars featured quite a few songs, the original score by Randy Newman rather short and lacking the composer's usual vocalized adaptation. Although the early Pixar years were the musical domain of Randy and Thomas Newman, Michael Giacchino has been stepping up as the new voice of the studio in the late 2000's, his music for Up surprisingly winning practically every film music award in existence. Giacchino was well positioned for the assignment of Cars 2, his love of old-school spy genre music, embodied best by The Incredibles, and his rowdy music for Speed Racer easily qualifying him for the job. Randy Newman's impact on Cars may have been somewhat minimal, but it did contain many of the composer's trademark styles and a couple of themes that may not have really had a tremendous impact on the film but nevertheless did provide identities for McQueen's racing and Radiator Springs' slower lifestyle.



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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 63:22
• 1. You Might Think - performed by Weezer (3:07)
• 2. Collision of Worlds - performed by Robbie Williams and Brad Paisley (3:36)
• 3. Mon Coeur Fait Vroum (My Heart Goes Vroom) - performed by Benabar (2:49)
• 4. Nobody's Fool - performed by Brad Paisley (4:17)
• 5. Polyrhythm - performed by Perfume (4:10)
• 6. Turbo Transmission (0:53)
• 7. It's Finn McMissile! (5:54)
• 8. Mater the Waiter (0:43)
• 9. Radiator Reunion (1:41)
• 10. Cranking Up the Heat (1:59)
• 11. Towkyo Takeout (5:40)
• 12. Tarmac the Magnificent (2:39)
• 13. Whose Engine is This? (1:23)
• 14. History's Biggest Loser Cars (2:26)
• 15. Mater of Disguise (0:49)
• 16. Porto Corsa (2:55)
• 17. The Lemon Pledge (2:13)
• 18. Mater's Getaway (0:59)
• 19. Mater Warns McQueen (1:32)
• 20. Going to the Backup Plan (2:25)
• 21. Mater's the Bomb (3:17)
• 22. Blunder and Lightning (2:18)
• 23. The Other Shoot (1:03)
• 24. Axelrod Exposed (2:22)
• 25. The Radiator Springs Gran Prix (1:30)
• 26. The Turbomater (0:50)

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NOTES AND QUOTES
The insert includes lyrics for the first four songs, but no extra information about the score or film.
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