Remember the classic Cars franchise? Well, one of the characters, the cute and caring Sally, will become a real-life car from a true manufacturer. Pixar is collaborating with Porsche to raise money for charity with the new model.
Pixar Partners With Porsche
Old school fans of Cars can now place their bets on a real-life variation of the character. Sally Carrera, the soft blue Porsche 911 Carrera, who worked as a town attorney and became the main character’s romantic interest is recreated by Porsche and Pixar. But the announcement doesn’t come as a surprise for dedicated fans of the franchise. Lightning McQueen’s love is made in celebration of the movie’s 20th anniversary! In the film, creators based Sally’s model on a 2002 Porsche 911 (996-generation). Cars Production Designer Bob Pauley and Creative Director Jay Ward led the team working on the model – they made the vehicle’s wheelbase shorter, the windscreen bigger, and the exterior simpler. Then, without any accessories and windshield wipers, Sally got big human eyes and a small mouth.
Even though the team altered a lot of details, Sally still resembles the old Porsche. Now, the plan is to go backward! While the car won’t have the same eyes and mouth Cars fans are used to, it’s still going to resemble Sally as much as possible. This car, on the other hand, won’t be just an idea – it will be a real car built to drive, with silver pipes, custom wheels, and soft blue color. Walt Disney Company-owned Pixar is doing its part with the design of the character. Volkswagen -owned Porsche is the one to build the model at its German factory.
Donating to a Variety Of Charities
So, where will the proceeds go? A variety of charities will receive money from the auction. The list includes Girls Inc. and the USA for United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees. The latter organization helps people who have to flee from war and conflict to settle down. Other details about the auction are still unclear. Pixar revealed that they chose Sally because she always helped her community. “The whole project began with the premise that Sally’s character was devoted to helping others and it seems right that this should continue 20 years on,” Jay Ward, creative director of the franchise at Pixar Animation Studios, said in a statement. Both Pixar and Porsche are sure that the fans won’t miss out on such a creation. After all, all characters from the franchise have a huge fanbase. Three Cars movies garnered over $1.4 billion from 2002 to 2017.
Sally, in particular, is one of the classic favorites. Although it’s a serious purchase, many auction buys are tied to childhood memories. For example, one of the buyers paid $483,000 for a Dumbo the Flying Elephant car from the original Disneyland ride four years ago. The same auction had a ton of other Disney collectibles. Overall, it raised a whopping $8.3 million! “Translating the spirit of Sally into a new 911 has been fascinating — this time the sports car is intended for our world, and to be driven and enjoyed,” explained Kjell Gruner, president, and chief executive of Porsche Cars North America.
“It will have a windscreen you can see out of, and shares its panels with the 911 we know and love.”