The original Cars raced out of multiplexes after winning the hearts of millions of screaming rugrats.
It then raced into stores, in the form of merchandise, where it made off with hundreds of millions of dollars of their parents money.
THE HOOK’S DAUGHTER SARAH: You’re writing about that violent mess, Cars 2?
THE HOOK: Yes, daughter-of-mine, I’m just summing up the weak, spy movie-parody-plot and yes, the violence…
SARAH: Three cars die in the first fifteen minutes!
THE HOOK: I wasn’t watching the clock, but you’re right, the opening sequence with Micheal Caine‘s British spy character was violent enough to drive two families out of the theatre during our screening.
SARAH: Then they went back to Radiator Springs and the movie was like the first Cars, but they zoomed off to Japan and it became a spy movie again. Oh, and the violence returned!
THE HOOK: They were trying to appeal to kids, older kids and adults all at once.
SARAH: The adults would be there anyway. Like you, they had no choice!
THE HOOK: Pixar had a choice, though, and this time they waited until the last act to bring back the usual themes of friendship and believing in yourself despite the opinions of others.
SARAH: The movie was waay better near the end. And the short Toy Story episode at the beginning was hilarious. Was Ken supposed to be…
THE HOOK: That’s all for now folks!
- Cars 2 varooms under Pixars usually high bar (theglobeandmail.com)
- Cars 2 reviewed: Pixar’s latest is confusing and loud. (slate.com)
- Ka-chow! Cars 2 Toys Your Kids Will Love (celebritybabies.people.com)
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