By the end of summer you will no doubt be sick of hearing about these two. Until then, however, we were amused to learn that the thugs in Pixar's upcoming "Cars 2" are both American Motors vehicles from the unfortunate 1970s. Ridiculed as failures, the duo are part of an evil Axis of Lemons.
Early screenings of “Cars 2,” the sequel to the 2006 Pixar film, opening nationwide on June 24, suggest the truism holds for CGI-variety baddies, too. Upstaging the Owen Wildon-voiced hero car, Lightning McQueen, are the new miscreants, Professor Z and his flunkies — two American Motors-inspired sidekicks, a Pacer with bad attitude and a Gremlin who could hail from the Kremlin.
Grem is a beat-up orange AMC Gremlin, which Pixar said in a news release “has a big chip on his fender that has led him to the underworld of international espionage.” His partner Acer, an AMC Pacer, “joined forces with fellow ‘lemon’ cars as henchmen for the devious Professor Z.”
Funny coincidence: Telstar Logistics was oogling an AMC Gremlin survivor we spotted recently in San Francisco. In case you're wondering how a showroom-stock Gremlin looks after soldiering on for three decades, wonder no more. It ain't pretty: