Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated sports action comedy spy film made by Pixar. It is the sequel to 2006's Cars and the second installment of the Cars franchise.
Star racecar Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to complete in the World Grand Prix race, but the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: International espionage.
- By looking at the DVD case/poster, you would think that the main protagonist would be Lightning McQueen, but it's actually Mater, which makes Cars 2 more of a spin-off than a sequel.
- We barely get to know anything about the new characters or get to know anything new about the old ones.
- This film can get rather dark for children despite its G rating - Rod Redline gets tortured and subsequently murdered by Professor Z by putting gasoline in him that subsequently explodes and incinerates him or Finn exploding a ship with tiny explosives. It is likely that this film caused every animated film (except baby movies/some sequels) to have a PG rating.
- The side of the story with Lightning is barely there as we see Mater for the entire part of the movie.
- All the characters from the first film are barely in the movie, the only ones who have big roles are Lightning McQueen, Mater, Luigi and Guido.
- The World Grand Prix race is supposed to be the most important part of the film, but near the end of the film at the climax when Lightning abandons the race, it's never mentioned again.
- The story is mostly focused on a spy story rather than a race which is very generic.
- On that topic, it is also very unoriginal considering Cars 2 is a Pixar movie. And Pixar is a company known for their unique and original storylines.
- It was hypocritical that they killed off Doc Hudson out of respect to Paul Newman, yet they kept Fillmore and Red even though George Carlin and Joe Ranft had died as well.
- Despite the spy plotline having potential, Mater is the only returning character to become involved in it, with the others remaining oblivious until the third act.
- The idea of living automobiles showing concern for the environment and going green is arguably more ridiculous than any of the stunts or action scenes and it comes off as pandering.
- According to the teaser trailer of the film, the premise of the film is an international racing movie and it could be the main plot of the film, but it turns out that the true main plot of the film is an spy comedy, another reason why Cars 2 is more of an spin-off than a sequel.
- The animation is an amazing step-up from the original and other original Pixar movies.
- There are a few funny scenes, such as the scene where Mater mistakes wasabi for pistachio ice cream or the Japanese toilet scene.
- The action scenes are intense and fast-paced, and the racing scenes are fun to watch.
- The voice acting is well done.
- The new characters are pretty awesome, such as Finn McMissile.
- Weezer's cover of "You Might Think" by The Cars is good. The ending song, "Collision of Worlds", is pretty catchy and good.
- The spy and racing plotlines would have likely been fine as separate films.
- There's a scene that makes a nice little reference to Paul Newman, who died in 2008 from lung cancer.