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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: Jeremy Lasky
Sharon Calahan
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. False advertising: The posters, cover art, commercials, trailers and even the cover for its initial DVD release all seem to give the illusion that the main protagonist would be Lightning McQueen, 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.
  3. 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 suffered from this tone despite being a G rated film as well.
  4. 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; 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).
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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 Grand 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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, 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.

Good Qualities

  1. Once again, the animation is visually impressive, especially considering how this was animated by Pixar.
  2. 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.
  3. The concept of seeing cars go around the world is interesting, in terms of the film being part of the Cars franchise.
  4. 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.
  5. Amazing performances, with the new voice actors such as Michael Caine clearly doing a great job with the material they were given.
  6. The lemons' motivations were interesting.
  7. The new characters are pretty awesome, such as Finn and Holly.
  8. 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" are "Polyrhythm".

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.

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Comments


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Athaggard160

17 months ago
Score 8
I actually enjoyed this movie. I never understood why this movie is so "bad".
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UndertaleGamer1000

3 months ago
Score 0
Same here.
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Kjuman

16 months ago
Score 1
I love this movie though.
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Athaggard160

16 months ago
Score 2
Me too
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Kaiolauro06

5 months ago
Score 2
I also liked it too.
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im ok on this movie though
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MemeMaster123

15 months ago
Score 2
Not a bad movie. And actually Cars 3 sucks.
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Peter Parker

2 months ago
Score 1
Your opinion.
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Master Chief

2 months ago
Score 1
agreed, I can't see why people worship Cars 3 so much.
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PhantomVulture

14 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

14 months ago
Score 8
The only bad Pixar movie, what where they thinking back then?
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Trevor807

14 months ago
Score 6
Bigger question: What was John Lasseter thinking?
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Spidey McFly

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

14 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

6 months ago
Score 8
Well, he moved to Skydance Animation.
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Spongebuff1991

14 months ago
Score 4
I like it.
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Stephenfisher2001

8 months ago
Score 2
Me too.
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GD2031

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

3 months ago
Score 0
GD2031 I think so too.
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Mr. Dready

13 months ago
Score 12
At least Cars 3 felt like a true sequel.
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Bigbad75

11 months ago
Score 2
This movie was great
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Sofaking we todd it

11 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

11 months ago
Score 2
The movie is pretty good. I dunno why people say it's bad.
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Glitchedblood

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

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

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

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

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

7 months ago
Score 1
Bruh
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HellLord

6 months ago
Score 1

.

Nvm
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HellLord

9 months ago
Score 3
To be fair, I actually liked the film, though I respect your opinion
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Worldofjake2012

9 months ago
Score 4
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

9 months ago
Score 1
Agreed.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

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

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

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

8 months ago
Score 2
I actually love this movie!
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Stephenfisher2001

8 months ago
Score 0
No, it didn't ruin it.
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Athaggard160

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

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

7 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

7 months ago
Score 6
Too bad it got an rip off Movie, The Autobots.
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Missing boi

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

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

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

2 months ago
Score -3
no u
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Bluetigerelevenblue

6 months ago
Score 1
Shut up
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I still like this movie, but I like the first one more honestly.
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Kaiolauro06

6 months ago
Score -1
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

5 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

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

5 months ago
Score -2
People who think cars 3 sucks don't even know what they're talking about.
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Master Chief

5 months ago
Score 2
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

4 months ago
Score 1
Personally I liked this movie
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Hiatt Grey

4 months ago
Score 6
I love this movie. But I do understand it's issues.
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Fabricio andres Izaguirre Rivera

3 months ago
Score 1
I Still Love This Movie! But I Don't Care This Issues
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Fabricio andres Izaguirre Rivera

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

3 months ago
Score 3
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

2 months ago
Score 4
I think this was a good idea just poorly executed
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KalloFox34

2 months ago
Score 1
I dislike the franchise as a whole.
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Theworks84

one month ago
Score 2
It's just his opinion, no need to downvote.
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PirateGolem666

one month ago
Score 1
my sister has an insane obsession with this movie
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

29 days ago
Score 0
This is the reason why KalloFox34 disliked the franchise as a whole.
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AbareKillerFan 2002

29 days ago
Score 0
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

22 days ago
Score 1
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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UncensoredGamez

20 days ago
Score 1
Not kidding! I actually love this film.
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PATRICKSTARSEVEN

17 days ago
Score 0
My least favorite Pixar Film. The more I saw it, the less I wanted to see.
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Triggeredrepatillo

9 days ago
Score 0
This is Pixar's bad film?
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I am truly ok on this movie
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Stomps

5 days ago
Score 0
  • Lightning McQueen: "Not so fast" What is that, your new motto?
  • Francesco Bernoulli: Curses like he has Tourette Syndrome

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