Today thanks to Entertainment Weekly (and the keen eye of our reader, Rachel), we have more details from the Spring release of Pixar's newest short, Radiator Springs 500½. Along with the release, the EW article also points out that RS500½ will also kick off a new series of shorts called, "Tales From Radiator Springs". (The second film in the series will be called To Protect and Serve which we discussed a few weeks ago and appears to now be slated for a 2015 release instead of fall of 2014.)
The official synopsis from Disney Insider for the six minute short is -
A “leisurely drive” planned in honor of Radiator Springs’ town founder, Stanley, turns precarious as Baja pros descend on the town and challenge Lightning McQueen to an off-road race. Meanwhile, the townsfolk, led by a Stanley-costumed Mater, enjoy the planned “leisurely drive” to retrace Stanley’s original frontier route. Thinking they’re on the same course, a wrong turn sends McQueen and the Baja pros on a treacherously wild bid for survival. The misunderstanding leaves the racing professionals in awe of the “legend” of Stanley: the Original Off-Road Racer.
Gibbs, (Scott) Morse, and the Pixar team had a lot of fun with the new characters, who were inspired by the racers who compete in Mexico’s famous Baja 1000 race. “They have all these different classes for that race, so we tried to pick the most interesting cars,” says Gibbs. “So there’s four of them: a Baja Bug, a Class-1 dune buggy, a Meyers Manx dune buggy, and a trophy truck, the big money ones, you know, with huge suspension and huge wheels.”So, although an official release date has yet to be announced, we do know that the short will not premiere on the Disney Channel as was discussed at the 2013 D23 Expo, but will instead premiere as part of Disney's new app/service "Disney Movies Anywhere". The new service, as highlighted in the video embedded below was originally thought to only be a portal to stream digital copies of your Disney/Pixar/Marvel movies - but with the announcement that RS500½ will premiere in the app, it seems that Disney may have more ways to utilize the app in the future (potentially game releases as well).
If you haven't logged into the Disney Movies Anywhere service yet, be sure to click the Disney Movies Anywhere image below and sign in with your Disney Store or Disney Movie Rewards account. Once you authorize Disney Movies Anywhere to connect with iTunes, your existing Disney/Pixar/Marvel movies will be available to stream online.
After you have the initial login completed, then download the app (by clicking the App Store button below) and you can stream or download your movies directly to your Apple iDevices! We'll be sure to let our readers know what the official release date for Radiator Springs 500 ½ is once it's officially announced.
As a side note I seriously can't wait until this die cast series hits stores - and like I said before, I hope they have rubber tires!
Chat about your thoughts on the upcoming short in the comments below or on the Pixar Post Forum topic dedicated to RS500½.
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