I've been a big Pixar fan ever since I can remember and they have never disappointed with any of their past eleven movies. On the off chance you don't know who Pixar is (imagine that!), they are the masterminds behind Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters inc, Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up and Toy Story 3. Yeah, you may have heard of them. Pixar movies are something that cannot be outgrown and I cherish each movie every time I watch it.
Actually, I should probably have a disclaimer before I go into details: I have feared that the last four Pixar movies would be flops and, clearly, I was proven wrong.
Back to Cars 2. Why do I fear it's going to be a flop? I have a few reasons.
Reason no.1: Disney
In 2006 Walt Disney Studios bought Pixar Animation Studios. I'll confess right now that I'm ignorant when it comes to business matters- including movie business matters- so take this part with a grain of salt. I'm not exactly sure what the ramifications of aquisition are, but I know that Pixar is still Pixar, Disney hasn't absorbed it. That's a sigh of relief. The thing that worries me however is that Pixar has only made one sequel in their first ten movies (Toy Story 2) and suddenly Toy Story 3 comes out and Cars 2 and Monsters inc 2 are greenlit. Toy Story and Monsters inc have been two of Pixar's more successful movies while Cars has made the most in merchandizing (the Cars line is still going strong almost five years after the release of Cars). I smell something fishy. Is it possible that Disney has the power to force Pixar to produce sequels- even if unofficially? Keep in mind this could be entirely misguided, but the evidence makes me uneasy.
Reason no.2: Production Problems
There has been reported "production problems" surrounding Cars 2's production. Little is known about this, but John Lasseter- who had announced he wouldn't be directing anything in the forseeable future- had to come on as co-director with Brad Lewis to get Cars 2 off the ground. However, Pixar has certainly seen production problems before (most notably with Toy Story and Ratatouille) and they've made it through before.
Reason no. 3: The Trailers
The trailers for Cars 2 seem to speak desperation. See below:
Maybe it's just me. But, c'mon, secret agents? It's like an Airbud sequel. These trailers make Reason no. 1 seem plausible because it makes it look like this movie is being mad merely for finiancial gain.
As far as the content of the trailers, they don't impress me but Pixar trailers usually aren't anything special.
I'm not sure what to think. All three of my reasons could easily be explained away, but I am officially nervous. This isn't just Cars having a disappointing sequel if my fears are realized, this would be historic. Pixar's first flop. I hope I am wrong.
Cars 2 poster: