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- Director: John Lasseter , Brad Lewis
- Release Date: June 2011
- Run Time: 112
- Genre: Action & Adventure, Animation, Kids & Family, Comedy
Well, I have to admit that Pixar Studios has had an impact on modern film with the likes of “Toy Story”, its sequels, and “The Incredibles.” Yes, I also admit there have been more. However, those were my favorites because the animation was more innocent and less self-impressed plus the relationship bent to the storylines had yet to be told so repetitively as they have in the most recent Pixar dishings.
“Cars 2” is a redoing of so many stereotyped plotlines: the evildoings behind the scenes at a race, friends ditching friends from home at the chance of getting into the mega-big time, boy meets girl- boy really needs cash to impress girl, and on and on. Redoing stereotyped plotlines does not suggest anything more than a studio attempting to hook the parents of the kids who were dragged to the theater to see this remake of remakes. Little Johnny’s mommy got hooked and she told Little Sean’s mommy…and the box office take grows due to parental sentimentality.
The problem I have with star power doing animation is that they are not allowed anything but their voicings to make the character. The action and the character’s character itself are all framed by the animators. That is like obeying the unelected bureaucrats of a non-governmental organization or the appointed czar of a president who makes unpopular policies to control peoples’ consumption habits. The animator isn’t supposed to direct a star.
Mickey Mouse is the star. The animator is charged with animating the star. Owen Wilson is the lead in Cars 2 but we don’t get to see Owen star in anything. Owen is framed in completely by the animator’s work creating “Lightning McQueen”. It’s uninspiring.
Cars 2 is supposed to be about cars but it does nothing to attract its natural audience: car lovers! Car loving is exotic even if it is about stock cars, muscle cars, or Ricky Bobby himself. Cars mean sex and this poor, underinspired comedy doesn’t even suggest it with its “alternative” fuel subplot and its “evil Big Oil” sub-sub plot. Is there no rest from the politically correct nightmare scenarios of environmentalists?
Fantasy needs to appeal to imagination. Cars 2 is a negative on a scale of 1 to 10. I hope Owen Wilson’s fragile psychology can take the hit this film is likely to take.