Movie of the Week Pt. I: Cars

I wasn’t expecting to hate it, I just wasn’t expecting to like it as much as I did.

Dear Mr. Lasseter:

Congratulations on another successful Pixar release.

I did not think I would laugh and enjoy myself as much as I did. I came into the theater only wondering if it would be better or worse that A Bug’s Life (it was the former).

Two things:

1) How much money did you have to pay the writers of Doc Hollywood for making an animated version of their movie with cars? Did you know right away that you were stealing a multitude of plot points or did you see the finished product and think to yourself, “Why do I have an image of Michael J. Fox in my head?”

2) As much as I love your movies, I feel like Pixar cartoons are moving farther and farther away from children’s entertainment. While I don’t mind seeing animated feature for adults, the fact of the matter is that these are supposed to be children’s movies. While I watching the movie (we went to a latter showing this time to avoid the problems I had with Over The Hedge), I was wondering what the children in the audience were getting out of this aside from the visuals and the occasional flatulence/gross out jokes. I thought the same thing during The Impossibles but I think with all the car specific references, this was a little worse.

Otherwise, keep up the good work.


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