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Cars 2

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The plot would have been fine if the espionage and racing storylines had been separate, but this is what happens upon refusal.
Genre: Spy
Sports
Action
Animated
Adventure
Comedy
Directed By: John Lasseter
Produced By: Denise Ream
Written By: Ben Queen
Starring: Owen Wilson
Larry the Cable Guy
Michael Caine
Emily Mortimer
John Turturro
Eddie Izzard
Photography: Sharon Calahan
Cinematography: Jeremy Lasky
Distributed By: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date: June 18, 2011 (Hollywood)
June 24, 2011 (United States)
Runtime: 106 minutes
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: $200 million
Box Office: $562.1 million
Franchise: Cars
Prequel: Cars
Sequel: Cars 3

Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated spy action-adventure comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures. It is a sequel to the 2006 film Cars and the second installment in the series, directed by John Lasseter, written by Ben Queen and produced by Denise Ream.

The film premiered at Hollywood on June 18, 2011 and was released in the United States on June 24, 2011 in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D, as well as traditional two-dimensional and IMAX formats. A sequel, Cars 3, was released in 2017, which was generally considered an improvement over Cars 2.

Plot

Racecar Lightning McQueen and his pal tow-truck buddy Mater have had their share of adventures together, but nothing like what they experience when they head overseas for the first-ever World Grand Prix in Japan, Italy, France, and United Kingdom. While Lightning has his eye on the road to the championship, Mater takes a detour to international espionage when he meets British master spy Finn McMissile and stunning spy-in-training Holley Shiftwell.

Bad Qualities

  1. It is basically a deviation from the first movie, which majorly focused around racing, whereas this one revolves around espionage; it would essentially be what would happen if a horror movie had a sequel that is mostly a romantic comedy.
  2. The world of Cars became its most confusing and nonsensical here. Such as in London when there are somehow fences in the side of the road. Why are they necessary? If it is to stop cars from crashing into buildings, why are they so small? Why are there sidewalks on the sides of the road? Also, what are inside these cars? How are they alive? Now the answer is necessary since the characters also board planes to fly around the world.
  3. False advertising: The posters, cover art, commercials, trailers and even the cover for its initial DVD release all seem to give the illusion that Lightning McQueen would be the main protagonist, whereas in the actual film Mater, a side character who served as comic relief in the previous film, serves as the protagonist.
    • One trailer for the movie also basically misleads its viewers into thinking the film would at least almost entirely be about international racing, whereas it turns out the actual film involves espionage, with the "international racing" storyline being more of a B or C plot.
  4. Despite having a G rating of all things, Cars 2 can get rather intense as much of the action sequences involving gruesome death, with Rod Redline being tortured and subsequently murdered by Professor Zündapp after the latter igniting the Allinol in a way that it explodes and incinerates him, Leland Turbo's crushed remains being shown in the form of a cube, and Finn releasing tiny explosives from his axels that get pulled into Tony Trihull's magnet-like object which then activate and explode, killing the latter.
    • It should be noted that even Finding Nemo and The Incredibles suffered from this tone despite being a G and PG rated films respectively as well.
  5. Most of the characters from the first film are barely in the movie, or in some cases, down right not in the movie at all such as Chick Hicks and Strip "The King" Weathers; the only ones who have big roles are Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sarge, Filmore, Luigi and Guido (though even there, Sarge, Filmore, Luigi, and Guido don’t have as big of roles as they did in the first film, only Lightning and Mater do).
    • Due to death of Joe Ranft, Red doesn't have any new lines, just so it would feel heavily underutilized.
  6. Still some obnoxious humor, like when Mater farts after he exited the bathroom.
  7. The story heavily focuses more on espionage rather than racing; the former is also rather generic for a Pixar film, despite the studio being known for its unique and original storylines.
    • On the topic of unoriginality, it has a use of clichés, specifically the clichéd "be yourself" moral.
  8. Tow Mater himself is essentially flanderized; in the first film he does act a little... wacko, whereas here he seems to act more immature and idiotic to the point where he becomes incredibly annoying and unlikeable at times.
  9. At one point in the sequence at Italy, Topolino asks McQueen as to why he would ask Mater to be someone else during the trip; this sends a rather incorrect message, as it seems to frame, for example, parents to be in the wrong when children are required to be on their best behavior in public and behave differently in different situations.
  10. Almost all of the characters are underdeveloped, with the film barely giving us any time to get to know the new characters, their motives or even anything new about the returning cast. The only one that does stand out is Miles Axelrod, who is not only the creator of Allinol and the World G rand Prix but also the twist villain and mastermind behind the events of Cars 2, whereas the other characters can only be described as these:
    • Finn McMissile as an expert spy and Holley Shiftwell as a spy-in-training.
    • Francesco Bernoulli as the asshole rival of Lightning McQueen who hogs dialogue.
    • Professor Z as the initial villain of the film.
    • The residents of Radiator Springs as their stereotypical selves from the first film.
    • McQueen as the big-shot racer and Mater's buddy.
    • Mater as the main character of the movie.
  11. The idea of living automobiles showing concern for the environment and going green is arguably ridiculous, to which it comes off as pandering. It is disappointing because this is a film produced by Pixar which, again, is traditionally known for its heartwarming stories.
    • This also has a hypocritical message. It says that being green is bad and we should abuse oil and fossil fuels and not create alternative energy / fuel sources that are good for the environment. Cars 2 shows living cars showing concern for the environment and becoming ecological, which leads Miles Axlerod to create an alternative and ecological fuel (Allinoll). At the end, Miles Axlerod is arrested, which makes the cars use gasoline again. Besides that, in the first and third films, automobiles still use gasoline, which shows that it has a very bad message against the environment and environmentally friendly alternative fuels.
      • However in the end, Holley does reveal that Allinoll was actually gasoline from an oil reserve run by the lemons.
  12. There is a lot of filler in this film, such as McQueen and co. exploring Japan after arriving there as well as a brief scene of Mater, Finn and Holley travelling in Paris.
  13. Similar to the Shrek series with Shrek the Third, Cars 2 seems to have almost no impact on the film franchise as a whole, as most of its events are ignored in Cars 3. Although the latter does have some references to Cars 2, with a brief cameo from Jeff Govertte, and a hardly-noticeable picture of Miles Axelrod in Sterling's office. But there are so few references to Cars 2 to the point where Cars 3 practically forgets its events, one can watch Cars and Cars 3 and skip Cars 2 altogether and nothing important would be missed; if anything, Cars 3 is the one that feels like a direct sequel to the first Cars.
  14. And finally, the film has a frustratingly stupid plot that relies on conveniences. Why does Axelrod needs to cover himself during the meeting other than to keep the plot from going and keep the identity of the leader of the Lemons' reveal mysterious. Another example is when Mater tells the spies that he isn't one multiple times but they still think he is the spy. Another example also is in the death of Rod Redline scene when Professor Z just says he discovered that Allinol has a weakness against electromagnetic pulse, even though at the end, he is basically the one who invented it. No one is there except Redline, whom you are gonna kill anyway. Why still try hiding the truth if no one else is gonna find out?
  15. The mystery of the true Lemons leader feels like it exists only to give a "Mater is smart moment" when he revealed who Axelrod truly is and even then Mater still acts like an idiot even after he has Axelrod arrested in the next scene, like it never happened. Also, Mater's reasoning doesn't make any sense. How did he manage to know Axelrod's engine is the same as the one from the picture? Sure, the same bolts in the engine as the ones in his time bomb. But how does any of that relate to Axelrod having the engine. And in the oil leak scene, most of the oil was flowing from Mater, so it is one very small but very important detail that doesn't make it sensible as a justification.
  16. That "emotional" scene when Mater realizes everyone considers him an idiot just fails so bad to the point where it laughable.
  17. Some poorly written dialogue. The worst offender being the dialogue when Filmore reveals McQueen actually used his organic fuel, which desperately tries to be comical by being overly long but fails.

Good Qualities

  1. Most fans still like the movie more than is hated its because it considered one of the badass Pixar movies ever.
  2. Once again, the animation is visually impressive, especially considering how this was animated by Pixar, with the detail being more than the one from the first film.
  3. Some scenes are worth a laugh, notably when Mater mistakes wasabi for pistachio ice cream, followed by the scene with him in the bathroom, and the scene where Mater almost give away Alexander Hugo's identity.
  4. The concept of seeing cars go around the world is interesting, in terms of the film being part of the Cars franchise.
  5. Impressive action and racing scenes, with the opening chase with Finn McMissile and the lemons standing out as one of the best moments in the film.
  6. Amazing performances, with the new voice actors such as Michael Caine clearly doing a great job with the material they were given.
  7. The lemons have a lot of depth to them and their motivations are interesting — much of the lemons have been rejected by the world, and in revenge they, led by Miles Axelrod, set up the World Grand Prix and ignite the Allinol inside the cars using it, intending to manipulate the public into thinking alternative fuel is inherently flawed, hoping for them to turn to the lemons, who own the largest oil reserves in the world, for oil, believing they would get the respect they have desired for so long after years of rejection; their motivations, surprisingly, also makes use of its premise of a world being populated by sentient cars more than either the previous or following film, due to the lemons often being ridiculed due to their... dated-ness, as well as cars creating gasoline, which others use as fuel, as a way of gaining money.
  8. Despite the hypocritical message, it teaches an important lesson on how major companies scam people into buying their products by advertising that it is good for them even though that is basically not the case.
  9. The new characters are pretty awesome, such as Finn and Holly.
  10. Great soundtrack by Michael Giacchino; on the topic of music, Weezer's cover of "You Might Think" by The Cars is listenable, so are "Collision of Worlds" and "Polyrhythm".
  11. Despite the plot being terribly written which relies on conveniences, it is weirdly unpredictable, which is something we really cannot say about it's spin-off by figuring out the plot by ONE SIMPLE SENTENCE.

Reception

Critical and audience reception

Cars 2 received mixed reviews from critics, audiences and fans alike. It has a 39% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the first and only Pixar film so far to receive a "rotten" score. The critics consensus reads, "Cars 2 is as visually appealing as any other Pixar production, but all that dazzle can't disguise the rusty storytelling under the hood." Metacritic scores it at 57/100, indicating "mixed or average reviews," while IMDB rates it at 6.1/10.

Awards and nominations

Despite the mixed reviews, it was nominated for a Golden Globe award for Best Animated Feature and Kids' Choice Award for Favorite Animated Movie, but lost to The Adventures of Tintin and Puss in Boots, respectively.

Videos

Trivia

  1. One scene references Doc Hudson, whose actor Paul Newman had died in 2008 from lung cancer.
  2. Lloyd Sherr replaced famous American actor and comedian George Carlin, who had passed away from heart failure in 2008.[1]
  3. This was the first Pixar film not to be nominated for an Oscar, probably due to its negative reception; similarly, it is also the first Pixar film not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature since its introduction in 2001.
  4. Multiple racing drivers voice car versions of themselves in international releases, including Formula 1 alumni Fernando Alonso and Vitaly Petrov.
  5. The next sequel, Cars 3, is a big improvement over this film.

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Comments


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Athaggard160

19 months ago
Score 10
I actually enjoyed this movie. I never understood why this movie is so "bad".
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UndertaleGamer1000

5 months ago
Score 1
Same here.
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TehGamerOne18

one month ago
Score 2
The original movie has heart, moved at a calm pace, and had good characters, this film is just the opposite of that and feels more like a spin-off than a sequel
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
I like it too
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Kjuman

19 months ago
Score 2
I love this movie though.
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Athaggard160

19 months ago
Score 2
Me too
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Kaiolauro06

7 months ago
Score 2
I also liked it too.
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im ok on this movie though
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
Same
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MemeMaster123

17 months ago
Score 3
Not a bad movie. And actually Cars 3 sucks.
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score 0
Your opinion.
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 2
agreed, I can't see why people worship Cars 3 so much.
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
Agreed Cars 3 is the worst of the trilogy in my opinion.
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PhantomVulture

17 months ago
Score 2
You know in all honestly, I think Bartok did the whole "sidekick getting their own movie" cliché a lot better than Mater did.
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Mr. Dready

16 months ago
Score 2
The only bad Pixar movie, what where they thinking back then?
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Trevor807

16 months ago
Score 4
Bigger question: What was John Lasseter thinking?
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Spidey McFly

13 months ago
Score 4
Well, the Good Dinosaur wasn’t that well received, so, yeah...
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Mr. Dready

16 months ago
Score 8
Maybe John Lasseter was bored at working at Pixar that he wanted to work at Disney instead.
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LancedSoul

9 months ago
Score 10
Well, he moved to Skydance Animation.
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Spongebuff1991

16 months ago
Score 10
I like it.
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score 2
Me too.
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GD2031

9 months ago
Score 1
Yeah me too its not that bad at all
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UndertaleGamer1000

5 months ago
Score 1
GD2031 I think so too.
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
I like it too
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Mr. Dready

15 months ago
Score 10
At least Cars 3 felt like a true sequel.
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Bigbad75

14 months ago
Score 4
This movie was great
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Sofaking we todd it

13 months ago
Score 1
How can John Lasseter say that he came up with the story and not something that Disney demanded Pixar to make a sequel to Cars in order to sell more merchandise? Now that he doesn't work for them anymore, maybe he will tell the truth. Unless he signed an NDA.
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Transit Vultran

13 months ago
Score 4
The movie is pretty good. I dunno why people say it's bad.
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Glitchedblood

12 months ago
Score 0
This n*gga eating beans!
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HellLord

11 months ago
Score 1
A little racist ;-;
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ACoolBlaze5

11 months ago
Score 4
He might be referencing GTA so r/whoosh
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

10 months ago
Score -3
HellLord, that's not racist.
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Hookuai

10 months ago
Score 1
Not racist my ass Nitesh.
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Thenabster126

9 months ago
Score 1
Bruh
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HellLord

8 months ago
Score 1

.

Nvm
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HellLord

12 months ago
Score 5
To be fair, I actually liked the film, though I respect your opinion
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Worldofjake2012

12 months ago
Score 5
While I don't hate the movie and it isn't one of the worst animated movies ever, it's certainly one of Pixar's weakest.
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Kaiosantos

11 months ago
Score 1
Agreed.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

11 months ago
Score 1
This movie is like Post-Movie and Pre-Sequel SpongeBob SquarePants.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

11 months ago
Score 3
This movie is trying alot to be like Iron Man 2.
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Url8

11 months ago
Score 1
The game based on this movie is better (unless it's the PC version)!
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Okboomer45

11 months ago
Score 4
I actually love this movie!
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Stephenfisher2001

11 months ago
Score -4
No, it didn't ruin it.
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Athaggard160

11 months ago
Score 1
Of course it didn’t.
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Mr. Dready

10 months ago
Score 0
What are you idling about?
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Hookuai

10 months ago
Score 1
Just shut the fuck up, Nitesh you are literally one of the most annoying ass-kissing person here with your spamming infobox quote. Do this one more fucking time and I use the ban hammer on you on Discord.
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LancedSoul

10 months ago
Score 8
Too bad it got an rip off Movie, The Autobots.
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
It's on this wiki now
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Missing boi

9 months ago
Score 1
Why wouldn't anyone make a page of the Chinese knockoff called "The Autobots"?
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LancedSoul

9 months ago
Score 2
Its in my sandbox.
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Missing boi

9 months ago
Score 1
Ok I will see it
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Peter Parker

5 months ago
Score -3
no u
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MinecraftDogCats

one month ago
Score 2
It's on this wiki now!
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Bluetigerelevenblue

8 months ago
Score -2
Shut up
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I still like this movie, but I like the first one more honestly.
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Kaiolauro06

8 months ago
Score -3
The second one wasn´t that bad(no,I don´t hate it),but I know Cars 3 was better.
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Jego5542Gonzalez

7 months ago
Score 0
I think Cars 3 was an improvement to this movie since the second one is terrible due to mater being unlikeable in this movie.
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AwesomePlushProductionsYT

7 months ago
Score 1
I like it but I know it’s flaws
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Theguys384

7 months ago
Score -3
People who think cars 3 sucks don't even know what they're talking about.
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Master Chief

7 months ago
Score 4
I like this movie though, it's at least better than Cars 3 if you think of it as more of a spin-off than a main-line Cars movie, although it's not as good as the 1st.
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I have no idea

7 months ago
Score 3
Personally I liked this movie
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Hiatt Grey

7 months ago
Score 12
I love this movie. But I do understand it's issues.
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Fabricio andres Izaguirre Rivera

6 months ago
Score 2
I Still Love This Movie! But I Don't Care This Issues
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Fabricio andres Izaguirre Rivera

6 months ago
Score 1
I Mean These Issues
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Yoshi and Tails Fanboy 130

6 months ago
Score 5
I actually like this film, surely it had it's issues and it's not as great as the first Cars movie IMO but I still think it's good, like it's not the worst movie ever. (especially when compared to other films on this wiki)
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SomewhatKingly

5 months ago
Score 5
I think this was a good idea just poorly executed
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KalloFox34

5 months ago
Score 2
I dislike the franchise as a whole.
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Theworks84

3 months ago
Score 2
It's just his opinion, no need to downvote.
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ItsNikiNow

one month ago
Score -1
I agree.
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ItsNikiNow

one month ago
Score 0
Getting downvoted for an opinion I guess
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 0
Because at least one person can't handle differing opinions.
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PirateGolem666

4 months ago
Score 2
my sister has an insane obsession with this movie
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

3 months ago
Score -1
This is the reason why KalloFox34 disliked the franchise as a whole.
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AbareKillerFan 2002

3 months ago
Score -2
I think this film isn't canon, because in Cars 3 the events from this film are never mentioned again
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MrChangeUserNameAlot

3 months ago
Score 2
While I dont like this film I think the hatedom is painfully anoying, some take their hatred way to seriously that they treat this movie like it’s worse than Satan and hate Pixar as a whole just because they made this movie. It’s fine to dislike this movie but immature behavior is inexcusable and remember Pixar are human too and we all make mistakes
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ItsNikiNow

one month ago
Score 1
I agree. I do not like this movie or the franchise it's in, but god this movie is way overhated. I think The Good Dinosaur is worse, and that doesn't get near the amount of hate this film gets.
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UncensoredGamez

3 months ago
Score 5
Not kidding! I actually love this film.
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

2 months ago
Score -2
My least favorite Pixar Film. The more I saw it, the less I wanted to see.
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Triggeredrepatillo

2 months ago
Score 1
This is Pixar's bad film?
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I am truly ok on this movie
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Stomps

2 months ago
Score 4
  • Lightning McQueen: "Not so fast" What is that, your new motto?
  • Francesco Bernoulli: Curses like he has Tourette Syndrome
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SPEEDYBEAVER

2 months ago
Score 2
Cars 2? More like Cars 1.1!
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Splinter

2 months ago
Score -1
Still very very bad, but better than I remembered it to be luckily.
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Splinter

one month ago
Score 1
And not because I actually see the good stuff (I was the one who wrote about how the Lemon motivations surprisingly take advantage of its premise more than the other films in the franchise, and added the next point), but also because I think Planes is arguably worse.
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Splinter

one month ago
Score 1
But yeah, actually seeing the good stuff is why my opinion improved
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TehGamerOne18

2 months ago
Score 2
I kinda liked this, but Mater got WAY too much screen time, the SPIN-OFF needs to be on the front page, at least here the characters have actual expressions
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Splinter

2 months ago
Score 1

Indeed. Cars 2 imois still very very very bad that is a middle finger to Pixar, with some good elements.

But that, it is now a masterpiece.
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TigerBlazer

one month ago
Score 4
I saw this in the theater when I was about 5. I also like this movie, despite its flaws.
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LouBlu08

one month ago
Score 2
The video game is the real Cars 2.
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Triggeredrepatillo

one month ago
Score 1
tbh this isn't actually as bad as a stupid video brinquedo film. I actually like it even if it doesn't keep up the quality.
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ItsNikiNow

one month ago
Score 1
Most animated movies are better than Video Brinquedo films. So that's a dumb comparison.
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Triggeredrepatillo

one month ago
Score 1
you are actually correct man.
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Ghostskye6666

one month ago
Score 1
I honestly think the page should be protected because I feel like haters would be changing it from BQ and GQ to WIS and RQ
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 2
Why?
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Ghostskye6666

one month ago
Score 1
Because that’s what haters would be like probably
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Trevor807

one month ago
Score 2
I think only a few cases of that happened.

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