I’ve mentioned before my love of Pixar movies and angst over Cars 2 (based on the trailers). From early reviews, I’m not the only one.
Russ Fischer writes over on Slashfilm.com: ‘Cars 2’ Will Be Pixar’s First ‘Rotten’ Movie
I certainly take no joy in noting this, and curiously enough I don’t think I’ve seen anyone else reveling in the general distaste for Cars 2, either. The prevailing opinion seems to be that Pixar had to swing and miss sometime. That they did so with the film that is obviously the studio’s most commercial effort is balanced by the fact that Pixar co-founder and Cars 2 director John Lasseter very evidently approached the film with no cynicism at all. (Or, I’ll say, that I am willing to believe him when he talks about the film, which he does with a great deal of investment and passion.)
I thought Pixar was going to jump the shark with Finding Nemo (“Really? a whole movie about a fish?”), but happy to admit I was wrong. But like Russ mentions, at some point Pixar is going to produce a dud. Should Cars 2 be the stinker on their record, I still think it is remarkable that they’ve had a great 16 year run. I don’t know that any other animation studio can say that.
Cars 2 opens today nationwide.