Cars 2 is a 2011 American computer-animated sports action comedy spy film made by Pixar. It's the sequel to 2006's Cars and the second installment of the Cars franchise.
Star race car 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 initially think that the main protagonist would be Lightning McQueen, but the real main protagonist is 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 despite being rated G, they show Rod Redline getting tortured and 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.
- 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 confusing and complicated.
- On that topic, it is also very unoriginal, especially considering this is a Pixar movie, the very same studio known for 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 died as well.
- The film includes several offensive scenes to Japanese, American, British, and French audiences.
- The third film completely ignores this film's events and acts as a true sequel to the first one.
- 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.
- The animation is an amazing step-up from the original and other original Pixar movies.
- There are a few funny scenes, such as the Japanese toilet scene.
- Awesome action scenes.
- The voice acting is well done.
- Great soundtrack.
- The new characters are pretty awesome, especially Finn McMissile.
- Weezer's cover of "You Might Think" by The Cars is good.
- There's a scene that makes a nice little reference to Paul Newman's character Doc Hudson, who died in 2008 from lung cancer.
- The racing scenes are fun to watch.
- The spy and racing plotlines would have likely been fine as separate films.