25 June 2019 | TheLittleSongbird
Doesn't get into gear
While a big fan of Pixar, am of the opinion that all three 'Cars' films are among their weaker feature films, particularly the third. Still don't think though that either of them are that bad, not a popular opinion with the sequels. Actually considered the first film decent, the second film tried too hard and was messy story-wise but found it better than its reputation and the third did feel tired.
'Miss Fritter's Racing Skool' is another 'Cars' feature related short film after 'Mater and the Ghostlight' (although Mater is an acquired taste to me that was much better). Of the feature related short films, 'Miss Fritter's Racing Skool' is the worst, the only one to not do anything for me being somebody who enjoyed the rest of them. Other than the setting and having some major characters from the film, it didn't feel like a 'Cars' film and it is the only feature related short film to feel completely pointless.
The best thing about it is the animation, which is outstanding and the component that never failed with Pixar. It's rich in colour, gorgeously designed and the attention to detail is incredible. The sound is thrillingly authentic and the music has the energy that was lacking elsewhere.
Voice actors do serviceably with the little they have to work with.
Conversely, 'Miss Fritter's Racing Skool' is far too short and too rushed, trying to cram in too much even with a story as thin as a wafer, not much of one at all actually. The characters are so brash in personality and obnoxious that it is very difficult to root for them, while little is done with the setting which feels just there.
Nothing here is informative, while much of the material feels very fatigued and there is no heart or charm in sight. When it's not over-the-top, it feels very empty and cold and even with a lot crammed in and a rushed pace there is no energy to the material.
On the whole, love Pixar but this was rather weak. 3/10