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Finn: Finn McMissile, British intelligence.
Mater: Tow Mater, average intelligence.

Well, for the first time Pixar has produced a movie that reflects the above statement. Although, this is from a huge pixar fan, the movie is indeed of average intelligence. Cars-1 was the frailest of the all Pixar movies and Cars-2, currently holds that status. Perhaps this claim may just be a hyperbole because when you compare Cars-2 with the other animated movies released this year; Kung Fu Panda, Rio, Rango. Cars -2 is certainly much more technically, socially, culturally superior. It is just that weight of expectation on Pixar has exponentially increased over the years and that overly high expectations, in this case are not being met.

As it has become a norm of Pixar to begin its movie with a short animated feature, for Cars 2 it was “Toy Story Tunes: Hawaiian Vacation,”. Ken (Michael Keaton) and Barbie doll (Jodi Benson) prepare themselves to spend their honeymoon in Hawaii, but their plans are bungled as Bonnie leaves the bag in her room. Ken is utterly devastated but Woody (Tom Hanks), Buzz (Tim Allen) and the rest of the toys have a plan to turn bonnie’s room into Hawaii! This animated short feature is just brilliant, very Pixarish. So much is conveyed in such a short span of time. A sparkling short feature that is Refreshingly creative,  really ingenious stuff from Pixar.

So, in Cars- 2, Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson)  returns to home after winning Piston cup a record – 4 times, he wants to spend some time with his soul-mate Sally (Bonnie Hunt) but his best friend Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) pokes around and involves McQueen to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix. At the same time, british agents Finn McMissile (Michael Caine) and Holley Shiftwell (Emily Mortimer) are in a pursuit to bring down the wicked Professor Z (Thomas Kretschmann) who is developing a secret weapon to turn the world against alternative energy. The agents recruit Mater in an international espionage mission to stop Professor and travel Japan,  Italy, London to put an end to the sabotage on cars.

Cars 2 is a simple spy adventure which neither makes you involve in the characters nor in the story. It is because of the pace it carries along with it, also there are so many things happening at the same time. However, the good thing about the movie is the artwork. Each frame is so meticulously prepared, especially: Tokyo and its neon-tinted streets. Also, the minute details wherever the grand prix operates. Its ethnicity, vibrancy, captured brilliantly. The pope (a car) inside his pope-mobile. The truck raking sand in a Japanese rock garden. The tiara on the British monarch car.

It is fun, engaging and I enjoyed the movie but it is deficient in communicating the essence, The Beauty of Pixar.

More Reading:

http://m0vie.wordpress.com/2011/06/27/pixar-and-the-weight-of-expectation/

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