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Cars 2

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Spy cars and toilet humor are a terrible combination.
Genre: Sports/Action
Computer animated
Directed By: John Lasseter
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
Pixar Animation Studios
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
Prequel: CarsGMW
Sequel: Cars 3GMW


Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated sports action comedy spy film made by Pixar. It is the sequel to the 2006 Pixar film CarsGMW and the second installment of the Cars franchise.

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. False advertising for three reasons:
    1. By looking at the DVD case, posters and cover art, you would think that the main protagonist would be Lightning McQueenGCW, but it is actually MaterGCW, which makes Cars 2 more of a spin-off than a sequel.
    2. According to the teaser trailer of the film, the premise of the film is an international racing movie and it could be the main plot of the film. However, it turned out that the true main plot of the film is a spy comedy, hence another reason why Cars 2 is more of a spin-off than a sequel.
  2. We barely get to know anything about the new characters, especially the other racers or get to know anything new about the old ones.
  3. This film is rather dark for children despite its G rating. For example, Rod Redline gets tortured and subsequently murdered by Professor Z by putting gasoline in him that subsequently explodes and incinerates him or Finn exploding a ship with tiny explosives. It's likely the film that caused most animated films released after this movie to have a PG rating.
  4. The side of the story with Lightning McQueen is barely there, as we see Mater for the entire part of the movie.
  5. All the characters from the first film are barely in the movie; the only ones who have big roles are Lightning McQueen, Mater, Sarge, Filmore, Luigi and Guido.
  6. The World Grand Prix race is supposed to be the most important part of the film, but near the end of the film at the climax when Lightning McQueen abandons the race, it's never mentioned again.
    • In fact, the World Grand Prix originally consisted of five races, but two of them were removed from the movie in favor of the spy storyline. Here is the full interview.
  7. The story is mostly focused on a spy story rather than a race, which is rather very generic.
    • On that topic, it is also very unoriginal considering Cars 2 is a Pixar movie, and Pixar is a company usually known for its unique and original storylines. After the film's release, people actually feared that Pixar, or at least director John Lasseter, was starting to lose its touch.
  8. Mater is flanderized to being unlikable, immature, unfunny, and even more stupid in this movie.
  9. Despite the spy storyline having potential, Mater is the only returning character to become involved in it, with the others remaining oblivious until the third act.
  10. The spy and racing plot-lines would have likely been fine as separate films.
  11. The idea of living automobiles showing concern for the environment and going green is arguably more ridiculous than any of the stunts or action scenes, and it comes off as pandering. It's disappointing because this is a film made by Pixar; though going green is a good thing, the film sends a bad message after Miles Axelrod got arrested, making the cars think that alternative fuels are bad.

Good Qualities

  1. The animation is still an amazing step-up from the original and other Pixar movies.
  2. There are a few funny scenes, such as the scene where Mater mistakes wasabi for pistachio ice cream, followed by the Japanese toilet scene.
  3. It is nice to see all the cars go around the world for a change.
  4. The action scenes are intense, fast-paced and fun to watch, so are the racing scenes.
  5. The voice acting is well done, as expected for a Pixar film.
  6. "I have no idea what you're talking about Alexander Hugo"
  7. The new characters are pretty awesome, such as Finn McMissile.
  8. Weezer's cover of "You Might Think" by The Cars is good. The ending song, "Collision of Worlds," is pretty catchy and good, while "Polyrhythm" by Perfume is very good.
  9. As mentioned, the spy storyline still has potential.
  10. Amazing heavy metal score courtesy of Michael Giacchino.

Reception

Cars 2 received mixed reviews from critics and audiences, but was positive reviews by fans alike. It has a 39% score on Rotten Tomatoes, making it the first-ever (and currently only) Pixar film to have 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.

After the film's release, many Pixar fans have admitted that this film was short of the studio's usually best. As a result, John Lasseter gave the directing positions in Cars 3 and Toy Story 4GMW to Brian Fee and Josh Cooley, respectively instead of to himself. With his resignation due to the sexual assault allegations against him in November 2017, this ended up being the last film Lasseter ever directed.

Awards & 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 Adventure of TintinGMW and Puss in BootsGMW, respectively.

Videos

Trivia

  1. There's a scene that makes a nice little reference to Paul Newman, who died in 2008 from lung cancer.
    1. Doc Hudson was supposed to have a major for this film. The above mentioned death reduced these plans.
    2. Even after Newman's death, Lasseter had planned to focus more on how Doc's passing affected both Lightning and Mater, though this subplot is relegated to one scene between the two in Hudson's museum and is never brought up again in this film. The creators later decided to revisit this subplot in the next film.
  2. Lloyd Sherr replaced famous American actor and comedian George Carlin due to his death in 2008, and since then, Sherr did the voice acting for Fillmore.
  3. In early development, Rip Clutchgoneski was killed instead of spinning out when hit by the Lemons' radiation beam. Hence his name, Rip (R.I.P) Clutchgoneski (Clutch gone to the sky).
  4. Originally, the main antagonist was going to be Zil. His model was based on a racecar that did poorly in the Soviet Union, which would indicate that he was meant to be Russian.
  5. There was also a character named Giulia, who was a double agent that might have later pulled a heel-face turn. She wound up getting replaced by Holley Shiftwell.
  6. The race in Tokyo was originally intended to be much longer, featuring a tie between Lightning and Francesco, and would not have been intercut with scenes featuring Mater and the spies.

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Comments


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Athaggard160

10 months ago
Score 3
I actually enjoyed this movie. I never understood why this movie is so "bad".
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Kjuman

9 months ago
Score 0
I love this movie though.
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Athaggard160

9 months ago
Score 0
Me too
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MemeMaster123

7 months ago
Score -2
Not a bad movie. And actually Cars 3 sucks.
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PhantomVulture

7 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

7 months ago
Score 4
The only bad Pixar movie, what where they thinking back then?
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Trevor807

7 months ago
Score 2
Bigger question: What was John Lasseter thinking?
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Spidey McFly

3 months ago
Score 2
Well, the Good Dinosaur wasn’t that well received, so, yeah...
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Mr. Dready

7 months ago
Score 4
Maybe John Lasseter was bored at working at Pixar that he wanted to work at Disney instead.
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Spongebuff1991

7 months ago
Score 2
I like it.
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 0
Me too.
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GD2031

4 days ago
Score 0
Yeah me too its not that bad at all
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Mr. Dready

6 months ago
Score 4
At least Cars 3 felt like a true sequel.
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Bigbad75

4 months ago
Score 0
This movie was great
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Sofaking we todd it

4 months ago
Score 0
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

4 months ago
Score 0
The movie is pretty good. I dunno why people say it's bad.
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Glitchmaster

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

2 months ago
Score 0
A little racist ;-;
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Theblazemaster4

2 months ago
Score 2
He might be referencing GTA so r/whoosh
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

29 days ago
Score -2
HellLord, that's not racist.
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Hookuai

24 days ago
Score 0
Not racist my ass Nitesh.
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Thenabster126

11 days ago
Score 0
Bruh
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HellLord

2 months ago
Score 0
To be fair, I actually liked the film, though I respect your opinion
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Worldofjake2012

2 months ago
Score 1
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

2 months ago
Score 0
Agreed.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

29 days ago
Score 0
It is my least favorite Pixar movie.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score 0
This movie is like Post-Movie and Pre-Sequel SpongeBob SquarePants.
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score 0
This movie is trying alot to be like Iron Man 2.
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Url8

one month ago
Score 0
The game based on this movie is better (unless it's the PC version)!
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score -2
This movie ruined the Cars (franchise).
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Stephenfisher2001

one month ago
Score 2
No, it didn't ruin it.
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Athaggard160

one month ago
Score 1
Of course it didn’t.
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Mr. Dready

24 days ago
Score 0
What are you idling about?
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

one month ago
Score 0
A film that not only proved Pixar wasn't immune to stinkers, but that John Lasseter wasn't "Mr. Perfect".
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Okboomer45

one month ago
Score 0
I actually love this movie!
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Nitesh Surya Vanapalli

29 days ago
Score -2
Why, John Lasseter, why?
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Hookuai

24 days ago
Score 0
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

19 days ago
Score 0
Too bad it got an rip off Movie, The Autobots.
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Missing boi

15 days ago
Score 0
Why wouldn't anyone make a page of the Chinese knockoff called "The Autobots"?
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LancedSoul

15 days ago
Score 0
Its in my sandbox.
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Missing boi

15 days ago
Score 0
Ok I will see it

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