Many of you may have seen some of these photos already, but hopefully you are getting them first here — because you don’t need any other film website, right? Okay maybe not, but either way Disney has sent us over a few high resolution photos from the new Pixar shot film Tokyo Mater, which will be in theaters on December 12th in front of Bolt. Sure, it may be a ploy to get people back into theaters to see Bolt, but let me remind you of two important things: (a) Bolt was a good flick and (b) it’s a Pixar short, so why wouldn’t you want to see it.

Check out the pics below, followed by 9,000 words of a Disney press release.


Disney Digital 3-D™ SHORT FILM

Oscar®-Winner John Lasseter Directs

Animated Short Based on “Cars” Character

BURBANK, Calif. (Dec. 9, 2008) – Disney•Pixar will premiere its first Disney Digital 3-D™ short film – “Tokyo Mater” – directed by Academy Award®-winner John Lasseter, at theaters nationwide beginning December 12. Appearing before Walt Disney Pictures’ “Bolt,” the animated short is the fourth in Disney•Pixar’s “Cars Toons” series, inspired by the hit 2006 film “Cars.”

The series stars Mater the tow truck (voiced by LARRY THE CABLE GUY), Lightning McQueen’s rusty but trusty friend. In “Tokyo Mater,” a routine tow lands Mater in Tokyo, where he is challenged to a drift-style race against a nefarious gang leader and his posse of ninjas. With the help of his friend, “Dragon” Lightning McQueen, and some special modifications, Mater attempts to drift to victory and become “Tow-ke-O Mater, King of all Drifters.”

All of the “Cars Toons” are directed by Lasseter (director of “Cars,” “Toy Story 2,” “A Bug’s Life” and “Toy Story”) and co-directed by Victor Navone (animator on “Cars,” “The Incredibles,” “Finding Nemo” and “Monsters, Inc.”) and Rob Gibbs (story artist on “Cars,” “Finding Nemo,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Toy Story 2″). Kori Rae (associate producer on “The Incredibles” and “Monsters, Inc.”) serves as producer. The previous toons in the series featured Mater as a fire truck in “Rescue Squad Mater,” a daredevil in “Mater the Greater” and as a bulldozer fighter in “El Materdor.” These three “Cars Toons” aired on Disney Channel, Toon Disney and ABC Family.

“I’m delighted to be back in the director’s chair for the ‘Cars Toons’ series,” said Lasseter, who serves as chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios and Pixar Animation Studios and most recently executive produced “Bolt.” “Mater is one of my favorite characters from ‘Cars’ and is the definition of true friendship. The world has grown to love Mater as much as we do, and we are excited to take him on new adventures with his best friend, Lighting McQueen.”

2-D computer versions of “Tokyo Mater” will also be available for theaters showing “Bolt” in 2-D.

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