Cars 2 may not have been anyone’s favorite Pixar flick, but even the critics who were disappointed at its lack of heart had to admit it at least looked gorgeous. On a visual level, the characters and their colorful universe were as dazzlingly, distinctly Pixar-ian as any in the studio’s history. Using their signature style — rich colors, clean lines, big friendly eyes — the animators brought a wide variety of vehicles to life. From beat-up tow trucks to Japanese racecars to rugged military Jeeps, cars of all stripes were given lives and personalities.

Now, a bevy of famed cinematic cars have received the (totally unofficial) Pixar treatment as well. Old Red Jalopy isn’t actually associated with the studio, but their reimaginings of notable movie vehicles look so good, we’re almost fooled. Check out the gallery after the jump.


[by Old Red Jalopy via Next Movie]

In order, the Pixar-ized vehicles you see here are:

  • Batman’s Batmobile
  • Bumblebee from Transformers
  • The DeLorean from Back to the Future
  • Ecto-1 from Ghostbusters
  • The General Lee from The Dukes of Hazzard
  • Herbie from The Love Bug, or more recently, Herbie: Fully Loaded
  • A landspeeder from Star Wars

While I’m quite taken with the mustard-yellow gleam of Bumblebee, I’m going to have to go with Ecto-1 as my favorite fake-Pixar car. He may look run-down, but his expression lets you know he’s still tough. Besides, he helps fight the paranormal. It doesn’t get much more badass than that.

It’s just too bad we can’t somehow bring all these iconic characters on board for the next Pixar film and watch them hang out. I’d happily pay all the 3D and IMAX surcharges for a Cars 3 if I could see all these anthropomorphized cars tag along on with Finn and Mater on their adventures.

Discuss: Which Pixar-style movie vehicle is your favorite?

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