I was re-watching Pixar’s Cars 2 the other night. I never noticed this before but there is a gun reference in that movie. The character Rod Torque Redline is an American Spy who infiltrated a secret organization. The bad guys have roughed him up a bit and like in a Bond film, submitted him to a slow death by an overly complicated scenario. The camera aims at the rear of the car and for a second you can see his personalized Michigan State plate; “M1911A1”.

Here is a screen clip and at 1:20 into the video clip, you see the license plate.

Somewhat intriguing to see in a kids movie.



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  • John L.

    There’s more than one gun reference. This is just one of the more subtle ones.

    • Nicholas C

      Really? Where else?

      • John L.

        Tried to reply but it went to moderation.

        Zundapp is a machine gun equipped motorcycle.

        • Nicholas C

          Yep. Although Zundapp is a motorcycle manufacturer. I wrote that article about my friend’s Zundapp KS750 he restored. We are going to get my machine gun friend to put his working Mg34 on it and fire it,

    • Sasquatch

      Yea I would like to know as well.

  • Black Dots

    So, I see that even Pixar isn’t safe from the Glock vs. 1911 war.

    • War? That seems a bit strong. I have owned both. My preferences are my own as are others on both sides. I will say, however, that they are rather mutually exclusive if you spend time practicing. The 1911 is a single-action gun and the Glock is double-action. Practicing with one will not help much with the other.

      But war? Really?

      • Black Dots

        If their activity on the internet is any indication, shooters enjoy doing the following things in this order:

        1. Fight about 1911s and Glock
        2. Fight about AR-15s and AKs
        3. Actually spend time shooting

        • DanGoodShot

          They are all guns. I love them all equally.

          • Black Dots

            Every parent has one kid they love more than the others. 🙂

        • Paul White

          I fight with myself about taking my 1911 or my 9E (Glock clone by any other time) when I go to the range. does that count?

  • Bill

    Wait, I thought Hollyweird was strictly anti, particularly for the children.

    • ostiariusalpha

      Pixar doesn’t really toe the line on that stuff. Brad Bird, who directed The Incredibles, always puts a dose of Objectivism in his movies, which is anathema to liberals.

  • Oldtrader3

    Who is Glock?

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      He was to busy raging on the internet to show up.

  • Nicholas C

    Yeah but he isn’t a WWII motorcycle in the movie. And Zundapp made a bunch of motorcycles, not just WWII machine gun side cars.

  • LazyReader

    Uhh, incase you failed to notice Finn (Michael Caine) was armed with machine guns
    and the boat had frickin missiles!!! https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/34d91f21f20b9b293bd36113f10f2a261a942440feffe6aa1d504657d7175297.jpg

  • car54

    That’s actually a real plate in Michigan. I can’t find out who it belongs to but it is listed as being in use in the personalized license plate program. Would be interesting to see if the owner is connected to the film.

    • car54

      just another FYI, the voice of that car’s character (Rod Redline) is Bruce Campbell who is from Michigan.