Synopsis ~ Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
Mater finds himself torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret mission orchestrated by master British super spy Finn McMissile and the stunning rookie field spy Holley Shiftwell. Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. The fast-paced fun includes a colorful new all-car cast, complete with menacing villains and international racing competitors.
Running Time: 106 minutes
Number of Disks: 2
– Cars Toon “Air Mater” – Exclusive All-New Short
– Toy Story Toon “Hawaiian Vacation” – Theatrically Released Short
– Director John Lasseter and Brad Lewis Commentary
– Sneak Peeks
Film fare for children has always been hard to sell with fancy phrasing and formula insight and the Cars franchise is no different, because truth be told the same adults that will hopefully read these words will almost never be seen without their wide-eyed-and-amped-up little ones leading the way to this pit-stop.
So to say that Cars 2 is a less-than film in an otherwise sterling Pixar legacy seems a bit too harsh; at least when children are involved, and stating anything contrary seems a bit too misleading for parents.
The main problem with Cars is; well, with the cars. Pixar attempted to make cars cuddly, warm and kid friendly five years ago and by all accounts succeeded – in as much as you can make tons of steel appealing – based mostly on a brilliantly crafted storyline, memorable wit and truly remarkable imagery. And while Cars 2 employs some of these same hallmarks in its second lap around the track, much of the anticipatory novelty found in the first film has worn as thin as wax on a windshield.
Aside from a much thinner storyline, Disney also made the poor decision to pack only the 5-disc 3D version and hefty 11-disc Director’s Edition with its usual bevy of bonus materials, so although you may not have 3D capabilities, you’ll have to up the expense if you want all the extras.
This 2-disc set still has great value though, including the hilarious “Air Mater” short, a commendable and extremely chatty commentary by Lasseter and Lewis, a look at how the Toy Story gang plans the poi-fect Hawaiian retreat and a trunk full of sneak peeks including a “Planes” spin-off, a look into the Cars 2 videogame and the highly anticipated return of The Muppets.
So while the 2011 models may not hold the attentions of an older audience, in the eyes and imaginations of children Cars 2 will more than likely pull right alongside the magical original.
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Voice Cast: Larry the Cable Guy | Owen Wilson | Michael Caine | Emily Mortimer | Eddie Izzard | John Turturro | Brent Musburger | Joe Mantegna | Bonnie Hunt
Directors: John Lasseter | Brad Lewis
Central Writers: Ben Queen | John Lasseter
Theatrical Release: June 24, 2011
Blu-Ray/DVD Release: November 1, 2011
Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Supporting Cast and more Writers found HERE