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Disney•Pixar’s Cars first zoomed into our lives in 2006 and we were delighted by the likes of Lightning McQueen, Tow Mater, Sally and the entire Radiator Springs gang. And yet, simply watching the film over and over is no longer enough for us. We need to know more about Cars. So we went out and got it in the form of these fun facts from the production of the film:
1. The 1952 Walt Disney Studios short, “Susie, the Little Blue Coupe,” served as the impetus that sparked the idea for Cars decades later.
2. Luigi’s license plate reads 445-108, which is the latitude and longitude for the Ferrari factory in Modena, Italy.
3. John Lasseter took racing lessons at Infineon Raceway in California as part of his research for the project.
4. A Model T named Lizzie appears in the film as an homage to Ford’s original 1913 “Tin Lizzie,” the first mass-produced car.
5. The filmmaker team went on a rambling tour of Route 66 during pre-production where they examined everything from roadkill to clouds to roadside icons.
6. Animators drew over 43,000 sketches of cars during the visual development phase of filmmaking.
7. All of the jet trails in the film’s sky scenes are actually tire marks.
8. The name “Cozy Cone” was inspired by the Cozy Dog Drive-In of Springfield, Illinois, which lays claim to being birthplace of the corn dog.
9. Cars was the first Pixar film to use “ray tracing,” a technique which allows the cars to reflect their environments realistically.
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