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The two biggest highlights of the movie Little Miss Sunshine are the fabulous performance of Alan Arkin as the heroin-addicted, porn-reading grandfather, and the seemingly immortal Volkswagen MicroBus. The yellow type 2 bus just kept soldiering on in spite of a smoked clutch, stuck horn and assorted other maladies. Now the movie is up for four Oscars this Sunday including Best Picture. So far there is no word on whether the bus will be on hand Sunday to haul away the actor's swag bags and trophies, but it sure would be fun to see the Bus run down Joan and Mellisa on the red carpet. Believe it or not, Volkswagen actually issued a press release about this, which you can read after the jump.

[Source: Volkswagen]


Roadmovie "Little Miss Sunshine" with good chances at the Oscars™

Volkswagen-Bus excels at the movies

U.S. surprise blockbuster collects numerous nominations and awards

Wolfsburg, 22 February 2007 - It is crashing through barriers in a truly heroic manner, not even a broken clutch can stop it: The reliable Volkswagen bus T2 is the seventh member of the quirky yet heartwarming Hoover family of the successful comedy "Little Miss Sunshine" (Twentieth Century Fox). The independently made road movie has proven to be unstoppable itself: About one year after being presented to the public at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival "Little Miss Sunshine" has become stunningly successful at the most recent movie award ceremonies.

Touching emotions and an endearing kind of humor make this comedy about a bunch of losers a real winner: So far "Little Miss Sunshine" has been the surprise success of this year's Hollywood awards – and the prized journey isn't over yet with the Oscar™ ceremony just around the corner. "Little Miss Sunshine" has snagged up four Academy Award nominations: Best Picture, Best Original Screenplay, Best Supporting Actress (for ten-year-old Abigail Breslin) and Best Supporting Actor (Alan Arkin). The Oscar™ ceremony will be held on February 25th.

Leading up to the most recognized movie award this wonderful comedy has already piled up an amazing number of nominations and awards from all over Hollywood. Two Golden Globe nominations from the "Hollywood Foreign Press Association" have been followed by the "Best Picture" Award of the "Producers Guild Of America" and the award for the best original screen play at the "Writers Guild Awards" on February 11th for Michael Arndt. Only recently the "Screen Actors Guild" awarded the "Hoover family" with the trophy for the "Best Cast". Actor Greg Kinnear took the opportunity to point out his appreciation of the automotive member of the cast: "I'd like to thank the engineers at Volkswagen for making a beautiful vehicle back in 1969 that was comfortable and so safe."

In the movie the six human Hoovers pile up in the almost 40-year-old Volkswagen bus to take the seven-year-old Olive (Abigail Breslin), who is dreaming of winning the "Little Miss Sunshine" contest, from Albuquerque/New Mexico to Redondo Beach/California. During their two-day road trip full of nutty adventures the six strange individuals grow into one strong and supportive union. The Volkswagen bus has a major role in the family building process as its ongoing little problems require the family to stand together in order to move on.

In fact, Actor Steve Carrell ("Frank") has fallen for the brave family vehicle because of its almost human faults: "I think that the bus is actually a real actor in this movie", says Carrell. Five identical buses have been used during the production of "Little Miss Sunshine".

For the Volkswagen bus T2 "Little Miss Sunshine" hasn't been the first movie appearance. In fact, the T2 has summed up a variety of successful movie parts as the lovable vehicle to date has shown its unique moves in more than 80 movies. Among others the four-wheeled director's favorite has starred in: Back to the Future (1985), Free Willy (1993), Almost Famous (2000), Charlie's Angels (2000), Spy Game (2001), Hulk (2003), and Scary Movie 4 (2006).

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      • 8 Years Ago
      The movie sucked out loud, despite a great performance by Alan Arkin. The bus was cool - a poster that should always be held up to people who talk about the "Good old Days" of cars.
      • 8 Years Ago
      VW should build a new Microbus Bas on the Touran.
      They have the platform and engineering already, just need Thomas Freeman
      to design it,
      • 8 Years Ago
      Slow news day?
      • 8 Years Ago
      Sorry to tell you but I think you're in the minority with the "sucked out loud" comment. This movie's gotten huge critical acclaim and raked in massive ticket sales for an indy film, and the only other criteria to rate a film on is personal opinion. I personally loved it. If you didn't fair enough, though I'm not sure what kinda movie you were expecting to see with a title like "Little Miss Sunshine".
      • 8 Years Ago
      the GT 500 should of one an ocsar for best chase in Gone in 60 Seconds (2000)
      • 8 Years Ago
      It definitely didn't "suck out loud", but honestly it wasn't that great. The MicroBus was the best part of the movie.
      • 8 Years Ago
      The best scene of the movie is when they get pulled over by the cop. I couldn't stop laughing. This is a great movie
      • 8 Years Ago
      FUN MOVIE IF YOU LIKE SENTIMENTAL TV SKITS - if this wins over Babel and the Departed, I quit the Oscars.
      The "Best Picture of the Year" should have a believable (not just endearing) story line and an ending that works.

      Especially after the "holes in the script, no ending, but relates to the LA life of the Academy voters" Crash won last year.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Big jim, did you seriously try to say "should have won" by writing "should of one"? Jesus...