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Exclusive NYC ‘Autism Friendly’ Screening of Disney Pixar’s summer blockbuster, Cars 2!

John Ratzenberger, a long-time friend of Autism Speaks, who famously played Cliff Clavin on the NBC hit sitcom Cheers, is supporting the autism community in a big way! John has been featured in all 12 Pixar movies and lends his voice to the character of Mack in Disney•Pixar’s upcoming summer feature, CARS 2.

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Hi everyone – John Ratzenberger here. My friends Bob & Suzanne Wright, co-founders of Autism Speaks, asked me to do a quick blog post to let everyone know about a special event I’m hosting with them for the autism community in a couple of weeks time.

I’m excited to announce that we’re going to host an Autism Speaks screening of Pixar’s highly anticipated summer blockbuster, “Cars 2″ in 3D, here in New York City on June 11. That’s a full two weeks before the movie is out in theaters!

The screening will be ‘autism friendly’; meaning that the sound will be a little lower and the lights will be up a little higher. There’ll also be a ‘quiet room’ for you to go to during the film if needed. Most importantly, the theater will be full of people who understand autism: it’ll be a judgment-free zone. The idea is to bring people together to see the movie in a way that celebrates individuals with autism and their families. It’s an Autism Speaks exclusive event, meaning the general public won’t be allowed in: it’s just us.

Tickets are only $20, but that admits one adult and two children, and also gets you a soda and popcorn! We need to charge this fee to pay for the theater, but we hope you agree that it’s a great deal!

To recap:

What:  Special advance screening of Disney•Pixar’s “Cars 2″ in 3D!

Where: New York City’s famous Ziegfeld Theater, 141 West 54th Street

(Btwn 6th & 7th Ave)

When: June11, 2011, 8.30 a.m. Doors, 9:30 a.m. Doors Close,

Program and Screening: 9:45 a.m.

How much: $20 for one adult and two children (small popcorn and drink included!)

Note: Due to the advanced nature of the screening, recording devices will not be permitted into the theater. Unfortunately, this includes iPads. We are very sorry for the inconvenience. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

It promises to be a fantastic morning! Hope to see you there!

John Ratzenberger

  1. Aleida Acevedo
    June 3, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    This is wonderful love it

  2. Mommyto1
    June 3, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    Thank you so much to Autism Speaks for doing this. We’re so excited to be attending. My son was diagnosed with Autism in February 2010 and he has been asking to see Cars 2 for months! Autism Speaks is an amazing organization and I’m so proud to be a supporter.

  3. Ritajean Piwnicki
    June 6, 2011 at 12:42 am

    This is wonderful. Thank you all for doing this. Do you have any plans to do it in Chicago?

  4. June 7, 2011 at 5:32 pm

    This is great, John.
    I hope you know that the Autism Society and AMC Theaters have been offering Sensory Friendly Films every month for almost two years, all over the country. “Cars 2″ is the July 2 movie and everyone is welcome to attend. For the list of theaters, go to the Autism Society website: http://www.autism-society.org.

  5. June 10, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    What about any Seattle-area screenings? Also, is Pixar – or the Walt Disney Company in general – leading on the autism awareness?

  6. Medinah
    June 11, 2011 at 1:47 pm

    Took my son today…it was also his birthday and he loves the Cars movie! Nicely done and he had so much fun today!

  7. MARLENE
    June 13, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    THE MOVIE WAS GREAT MY SON IS 20 YEARS OLD NONVERBAL CAN GO OFF AT THE DROP OF A PIN AND IS STILL IN PAMPERS. HE IS VERY LOW FUNCTIONING SO WE REALLY DONT GET TO GO OUT MUCH. I WAS SO WORRIED BUT EVERYTHING WENT FINE THANK YOU SO MUCH. NOW A DAYS IT COST SO MUCH TO GO O THE MOVIES AND THEN TO THINK WE MIGHT NOT BE ABLE TO SEE THE WHOLE THING. WE HAD A REALLY NICE TIME THANKS SO MUCH

  8. alsopollyanna
    June 28, 2011 at 11:33 am

    Mr. John Ratzenberger, Just catching up on some old email Notifications, & spotted this! I feel it is never 2 late 2 say, “THANK YOU!”!! Ur support IS APPRECIATED, & the special screening @ such a GRRRRRRRRRRR8 price was AWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWESUM!!!

  9. August 4, 2011 at 7:05 am

    This is wonderful that you can do this.

  1. June 3, 2011 at 6:04 pm

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