Pixar movies have a history of being massive commercial success stories. They seem to mint money, and CARS 2 was no different. The sequel to CARS pulled in $551 million in global box office receipts and vast riches await thanks to a DVD release date that coincides with the beginning of the holiday shopping season. Oh, and did we mention that the CARS franchise has already produced $2 billion in merchandise?

Is all that monetary success cause for celebration? We're thinking yes, but at the same time, Pixar has received a great deal of flack for CARS 2. We thought it was a fun movie, but plenty of critics and naysayers feel otherwise.

The New York Times sat down with director John Lasseter, who is also a founding member of Pixar, to talk about some of the controversy surrounding the movie. Lasseter appears mostly unaffected by the criticism, and he denies that parent Disney forced Pixar to make CARS 2 to maximize profits. Lasseter goes on to call CARS 2 "a very, very special film to me," and adds that he makes movies for kids who love the characters so much that he wants to "pack his clothes in a Lightning McQueen suitcase."

Head over to NYT to read the entire interview for yourself.


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      Carmen
      • 3 Years Ago
      I haven't seen it, but in my opinion he's missing the point of the backlash. The backlash didn't come because kids didn't love the movie, it's because parents didn't. The one thing Pixar has done better than everyone for the last 2 decades is create great movies for kids that parents can also enjoy for their own sake. There's clever adult humor that makes us laugh, and slapstick and bright colors and lovable characters for kids to enjoy. From what all of my friends who are parents have said, CARS 2 fell short on the adult part. It was meant for kids who loved the first movie, but the story and writing was nothing special for the adults in the seats. That makes it just another vapid Disney princess movie, except for boys.
      Pauli
      • 3 Years Ago
      Of course the movie was made to maximize profits. Just like most movies. Do they think movies like the "Transformer's" series are all about the art?
        Gorgenapper
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Pauli
        Michael Bay's Transformers were horrible movies...explosions, leg humping robots and Shia screaming OPTIMUSSSSS every half second and generally coming off like a douchebag...these things rape and sully the good name of the Transformers franchise.
      jvshenderson
      • 3 Years Ago
      As somebody who loves cars and racing (am I alone here?) I really enjoyed Cars 2. It was obvious from the "casting" of real vehicles from different time periods and countries that the makers are as car crazy as I am. To those who are whining because an NASCAR beat a F1 car and some LeMans prototypes, this isn't "Drive" or even the "Fast and Furious." It isn't trying to be realistic. Isn't it enough that American kids are being exposed to the breadth of racing series' from around the world?
        cashsixeight
        • 3 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        Hey you're right it's teaching ignorant american kids that Nascar = THE BESTEST!!!!!!!! like a good corporate tool it is.
        bengorman14
        • 2 Years Ago
        @jvshenderson
        Who have you been talking to that was whining about Nascar beating an F1 car? Morons? 15 year olds? People who care more about the cars than the storyline? If that's their perception then I think in their free time they would be better suited to hanging around car garages than watching a movie. If the biggest problem is lack of realism, no-one would give a damn. The problems are considerably more complex than "GRR CAR WHICH IS BETTER SHOULD WIN ALWAYS!" The main complaint is the fact the entire thing feels like a gimmick to sell Cars(TM) merchandise.
      Hotsuye
      • 3 Years Ago
      I still really liked the first Cars movie alot more than Cars 2. It had a better story. Not some overdone spy/action obvious story.
      bahill99
      • 3 Years Ago
      The original cars was somewhat enjoyable, even though the story was a complete rip-off of Doc Hollywood. I didn't even bother seeing Cars 2 because it looked horrible from the previews.
      cashsixeight
      • 3 Years Ago
      They should have called it "stupid redneck truck 2" since it was about that dumb hick truck. Also, the F1 car should have completely annhilated Lightning McQueen. No contest. This was purely a "lowest common denominator" movie where Jimbob could take his also retarded kid in his F-teen thousand to see a movie about cars and how the american Nascar car can beat everybody in the world, and the education means nothing because all you need is heart like that stupid hick truck. UGH.
        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        @cashsixeight
        It's for little kids, not car fanatics like most of us. But the F1 being beaten by NASCAR is enough irritation for me to not want to see it in cinemas at least. Might rent it from the library one day and see if it is as good as the first, but having 5000 characters might be hard to follow.
          stuck in 90s
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Krishan Mistry
          agreed with CashSixEight, Mistry, and ThomB1 below! No value from this movie Cars2 other than business... ...I am skipping this even on rentals.
      Ernie Mccracken
      • 3 Years Ago
      Why do you guys do posts about these stupid cars movies? It doesn't belong. Stop it.
      Paul M
      • 3 Years Ago
      The first "Cars" was crap (didn't even keep me awake). And after the blatant, repeated and near-daily updates on the second through Autoblog, I had even less desire to see that one. So, Pixar is a Disney sellout and Autoblog is a shill for Pixar. And neither relationship produces anything of quality. Moving on...
      • 3 Years Ago
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        Krishan Mistry
        • 3 Years Ago
        Cars 1+2 aren't supposed to cater to adult car enthusiasts. They are animated G rated movies that little kids can enjoy, as well as occasionally teens and adults. I watched Cars when I was 14 and found it great for what it was, and my little cousin enjoys it as a toddler. It's a Pixar children's movie for crying out loud! Might as well say that Disney Princess movies are all wrong because there is no 'spicy' scenes. And you only became an enthusiast after watching Fast and Furious at 17? That explains your heavy bias towards japanese tuner cars, doesnt it? I dont understand why a childrens movie is supposed to cater to a much older and more mature audience like ourselves.
      tritonstrategies
      • 3 Years Ago
      Cars 1 was a mediocre film. I haven't seen 2 but I think there are lots of other (better) Pixar movies that need a sequel. Incredibles 2 anyone?
        Brandon Allen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tritonstrategies
        Why the downvote? The guy is right. Cars 1 was lackluster for me. Perhaps it's not the story but just that it's far more difficult to loop in the body language and facial expressions to go along with the voice acting on cars vs. humanoid robots/insects/toys etc. The jokes didn't land and the story didn't 'come to life' as much as some of the other films. I feel the same, Incredibles 2 makes more sense being a superhero movie than Cars. It's a better story and a far more original and fun franchise. Downvote that.
      stuck in 90s
      • 3 Years Ago
      For some reason, CARS 1 killed it for me... i am avoiding CARS 2, in hope that do some damage control.
      Duk3ofN3rd5
      • 3 Years Ago
      Anytime a director has to "DEFEND" a movie, it just sucks. Christopher Nolan did not have to defend Inception or the Dark Knight, it works the other way around. The film defend him :)
        FRENZIED
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Duk3ofN3rd5
        Agreed. Not saying anything about the Cars 2 flick, but when a director has to defend a movie, something is wrong with it. Same thing goes for most everything else.
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