Check This Out: The Real Guts of Lightning McQueen From Cars!
Just because I'm a huge Pixar fanboy and just because I thought everyone could use some fun to kick off their Monday morning, I'm featuring this fantastic drawing from artist Jake Parker. Courtesy of his official blog (via the wonderful Cartoon Brew), we've got a look at Parker's "design" for the real human anatomy inside of Lightning McQueen from Pixar's Cars. He explains that, "you have these cars, but with actual fleshy eyes, with irises, and mouths of teeth and tongues. Where does the machine end and the flesh begin? So, to make everything piece together a little better in my head I drew up what I think the internal structures of Lightning McQueen might look like." And that's where Parker decided to draw out the guts inside and let me tell you, it's definitely worth a quick look!
Parker adds in his blog that: "Cars is the [Pixar] only movie they've done where they've extricated the experience from our world and put it somewhere else completely. And that leads me to the one thing that didn't sit well with me: the strange machine/flesh hybrids Pixar came up with to populate this world. It's as if a mad scientist enamored with automobiles terraformed Mars and furnished it with cyborg vehicles with engines of steel and minds of flesh." Pretty hilarious intro, but this drawing is just amazing.
On discussing the film itself, Parker brings up an interesting point regarding Pixar's choice of characters over the years, but I can't say I ever felt that way about Cars. I actually really enjoyed the movie, as I do all of Pixar's films, and would say the characters felt the same as any other movie they've done. I don't like when Pixar animates humans, with The Incredibles being the only exception thanks to Brad Bird. For some odd reason they never seem like a good fit and are always too weird - just look at the humans in Wall-E! Anyway, I'm glad I ran across this great drawing and thanks again to both Cartoon Brew and Jake Parker! Be sure to check out more on his blog. And here's a photo of the real Lightning McQueen for reference.