Sorta Related: A 2008 Cars Short Ripped Off the Plot of Tokyo Drift

My son and I stumbled upon “Tokyo Mater”, a 2008 Cars short that basically just ripped off the plot of The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, with Tow Mater as the Bama Boy racing to become the King of All Drift Racing / Drift King.

This was one year before the Fast & Furious franchise came back with a vengeance in 2009.  Which just makes me wonder…who at Pixar loved Tokyo Drift so much that they were able to greenlight an entire short?
Tokyo Mater

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