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2.5 out of 5

by Tim

There’s no doubt in my mind that Pixar is far superior over any other animation studio out there making computer animated feature films.  In my eyes – their impressive resume is the only spotless resume in Hollywood – there are no unwanted blemishes in their whole catalog of work.  The original Cars, released in 2006, was a big financial success in the theaters and on the shelves in every toy store across the world – so I guess it would only make sense that there would be a sequel to follow the success.  Does Cars 2 live up to the first?  Or will this be the first unwanted guest in Disney/Pixar’s household?      

Cars 2 once again follows Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater as Lightning heads overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race.  While attending one of the races, Mater gets mistaken as a secret agent – and the story takes off from there.  Since Cars 2 focuses more on Mater than Lightning McQueen – I found it slightly more irritating.  Mater is a fun-loving character, but I can only withstand a certain amount of stupidity – and Mater (voiced by Larry the Cable Guy) oozes stupidity.  He was perfect as a sidekick, but a little too much as a lead character.           

Michael Caine supplies his voice as Finn McMissile – probably my favorite character in the entire movie.  McMissile is a James Bond type of character, his suave and charming personality came across perfectly with Michael Caine’s voice behind the bumper.      

The storyline was fun and different enough from the first movie to make this a unique look into the world of Cars.  Being a big James Bond fan - I highly enjoyed the spy scenes that involved Finn McMissile and his assistant Holley Shiftwell (voiced by Emily Mortimer).  In fact, I kind of wish it was based more upon them – kind of like a spinoff of the original.        

Cars 2 featured some fun moments, but honestly --- no where close to the original.  And although it was entertaining and clever enough to watch, I just didn’t find it to be that funny.  In fact, the best part of this Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack is the Toy Story animated short.       

I love Pixar – I hope they don’t turn out like every other movie company out there by regurgitating sequel after sequel.