"Cars 2" (2011) came five years after the initial "Cars," and it was worth the wait. This time, Pixar Guru John Lasseter (who currently runs Disney/Pixar's entire animation operation) shares the directing role with Brad Lewis. The main characters are back, with the unfortunate exception of Paul Newman, who passed away in 2008. It is in Disney Digital 3D and IMAX 3D animation, as well as normal 2D conventional and IMAX formats. It is the 12th animated Pixar film and did very well at the box office, becoming the sixth biggest Pixar film in worldwide box office, though the critical reception was a little less keen than for the original film.
|Uh, oh, that's trouble!|
|I love Aston Martins|
|The Italian car and Lighning|
|They are one big happy family|
There are plenty of familiar character actors and celebrities from the world of racing voicing minor cars, including Bruce Campbell, John Ratzenberger, Brent Musberger, Darrell Waltrip, Katherine Helmond, Bonnie Hunt, Jeff Gordon, Marin, Paul Dooley and Tony Shalhoub. Besides Newman, Joe Ranft and George Carlin also passed away between films. There also is a plane named "Siddeley" (Jason Isaacs) who we will be seeing a lot in the future.
|Back home in the Springs|
|The bright lights of the Ginzu District|
|Siddeley gets his own sequel!|
While not as spectacular a success as Disney probably expected, this one still will entertain. Give it a whirl if you liked the first film.
Below is the trailer for "Cars 2."