Cars 2 (2011)

G   |    |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy


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Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.


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24 June 2011 | thomsedavi
6
| Flawed but still enjoyable
The best of Pixar's films have protagonists who are a small part of a very large world and are almost helpless against incredible odds - Toy Story, Wall-E, Finding Nemo etc. The protagonists of Cars are very big in a very small world, so do not play to the strengths of Pixar.

However, being Pixar, they still make these films better than anyone else would have with the same material. Cars and Cars 2 are intelligently written and filled with more detail than you could comfortably fit into a single screening.

This movie is not so much a sequel to the first as an affectionate James Bond parody that happens to be set in the Cars universe. Whereas the original Cars was thematically slow and patient, this one deliberately takes things in the exact opposite direction. Whether anyone will prefer the first film or the second is entirely their preference, and it is wrong to say that one is better than the other. Each film has its own appeals and drawbacks.

The main weakness of this film is a failure to create any kind of sympathy for the characters. They are not alone, they are not lost, they have friends and allies and the resources to get out of any situation. It never feels like there is any real danger, as there is with the Toy Story films. Whereas the first film had enough focus on character development to compensate for this, the subplot about the tested friendship between McQueen and Mater seems especially insubstantial here.

Nevertheless, I feel like this is an enjoyable installment in the franchise, never letting your attention wander and always ready with a clever idea. They have demonstrated that they are willing to go in entirely new directions with this world - maybe if they make a third film, they can make something truly worthy of the Pixar name?

If I were rating this in comparison to other Pixar films, my score would be lower... but scoring this as a film on its own, I think it is deserving of between five and seven stars.

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Trivia

One of the Japanese cars is named Kimura Kaizo. "Kaizo" is a Japanese word meaning "modified" or "hacked", and refers to a particularly flashy style of automobile customization commonly seen in Tokyo.


Quotes

Leland Turbo: This is agent Leeland Turbo. I have a flash transmission for agent Finn McMissile. Finn, my cover's been compromised. Everything's gone pear-shaped. You won't believe what I've found out here. This is bigger than anything we've ever seen. And no one...


Goofs

When the action shifts to Paris, there is an aerial shot of the Arc de Triomphe, showing cars circulating the Arc, and cars from the incoming streets trying to find a way to get in.

In reality, the cars coming onto the Arc have priority, and use it. Those already going around the Arc have to make way. This is due to the French road law of priority to the right, unless otherwise marked.


Crazy Credits

In the beginning of the credits, the story of Mater and Lightning's trip around the world is told through pastel-like, mildly animated postcard pictures.


Alternate Versions

The theatrical release has the Pixar logo as a "25th Anniversary" variant. When the lamp looks at us, the text fades out. Then, the rest of the logo fades out. When it does that, the text "CELEBRATING" fades in. The text "25 YEARS" fades in also. The text "25" is bigger than usual, and the text "YEARS" is below "25". The text "CELEBRATING" fades out. The text "25 YEARS" fades out. The text "CELEBRATING 25 YEARS" is similar to the text "CELEBRATING 75 YEARS" in the 75th Anniversary of the 20th Century Fox logo. Sadly, only theatrical releases used this logo, while DVDs and TV airings used the standard logo instead.


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Autos, Moda y Rock and Roll
Written by
Loris Ceroni and José Ramón Flores
Performed by Moderatto

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Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Sport

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