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.
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.
WHY its ROCKS:
1: The animation is actually good and way better than expected, especially since it was made by the studio Pixar Animation Studios, the same company that animated Toy Story, Monsters, Inc., The Good Dinosaur, and A Bug's Life.
2: The animation is also a step-up from pior Pixar films.
3: Some scenes are worth a laugh, notably when Mater mistakes wasabi for pistachio ice cream, followed by the Japanese toilet scene.
4: It is actually nice to see all the cars go around the world for a change.
5: The action scenes are intense, fast-paced, and fun to watch, and so are the racing scenes.
6: The voice acting is well done, as expected for a Pixar film.
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, but needs retooling.
10: Amazing score by Michael Giacchino, who composed The Incredibles, Ratatouille, Up, and Mission: Impossible 3.
1: 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 Z after igniting the Allinol in a way that it explodes and incinerates him, and tiny explosives flying out from Finn and then getting pulled into a ship's magnet-like object which then activate and explode, killing said ship.
2: he side of the story with Lightning McQueen is barely there, considering that most of the film focuses on Mater.
3: 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.
4: 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, Lightning McQueen abandons the race and it is never mentioned again.
One scene references Doc Hudson, whose actor Paul Newman had died in 2008 from lung cancer.
Lloyd Sherr replaced famous American actor and comedian George Carlin, who had passed away from heart failure in 2008.
This was the first Pixar (Probably because it did not deserve one) not to be nominated for an Oscar; similarly, it is also the first Pixar film not to be nominated for Best Animated Feature since its introduction in 2001.
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-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.
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.
Cars 2 at the Internet Movie Database
Cars 2 on Rotten Tomatoes
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