Excerpt: The biggest pitfall most sequels fall into, over and over again without fail, is to merely repeat previous installments in every instance, trying to repeat what was popular the first time by literally repeating what was popular the first time. Successful sequels will do some of that while simultaneously developing their original ideas along new paths.
Excerpt: In 1995 Disney’s Pixar released their movie “Toy Story” and the rest, as they say, is history. The Pixar line of films has generated billions of dollars in revenue and has created some of the most entertaining films of the last fifteen years. The great thing about them is that pretty much everyone out there can find at least one film that they identify with.
Excerpt: I love John Lasseter's talents, his passion, and the films he's given the world. That said, we all knew this day was coming. Since the release of Toy Story in 1995, Pixar has been the undisputed animation superpower. Eleven straight blockbuster hits, ten of which were heaped with critical praise (the black sheep being Lasseter's original Cars ). As is the case with modern society, the longer the winning streak, the more people want to see you fail.
Excerpt: The rule of animated sequels goes that the secondary comic relief takes over when going direct-to-video, otherwise the lead maintains narrative control. Rules, however, are meant to be broken. What’s odd is that Pixar did it, not the first shot in this Disney assault of milking the franchises. Disney has Planes (withing in the Cars universe) coming in 2013, and a Monsters Inc. double up due soon, so we’re far from done. The smart bet was to kill it here with Cars 2 .
Conclusion: I don't doubt that I am more critical of Cars 2 because Pixar made it. Any other studio would probably be proud to put their name on this film and would be ecstatic at the box office grosses. But, this is Pixar and they've given plenty of reason to be held to a higher standard.
Conclusion: 'Cars 2' is an entertaining spy thriller/comedy with reference quality HD video and 7.1 audio. The film itself is very good, but doesn't quite live up to the other Pixar films in terms of emotional investment. The real question for those deciding to watch the film for the first time is whether or not you like the Mater character. Like him or love him, and 'Cars 2' will be for you.