Cars 2 Analysis by Sir Wito (Plus Cars 2 Giveaway Winner!)

I’m sure you all are on the edge of your seats wondering if Wito liked Cars 2. Well, we’ve seen it twice now…first in 3D at the advanced screening:

Then again in Oklahoma City with my family.

(Taking photos in dark movie theaters is stupid.)

(Unrelated, but have you noticed how blogs are perfect for finding information about your family that you’ve long forgotten? Like the fact that I referred to my sister Lala’s son as “Neato?” Thanks, blog.)

While I must admit that the original Cars will always be my favorite (I thought it had more “heart” than Cars 2), Wito seems to disagree.

Although when we really delve into the reasons why, I think it could be considered a technicality.

Yes, the main reason Wito liked Cars 2 more than Cars is because Pixar was only celebrating 20 years when the original was released, but now is celebrating 25 years. And 25 is bigger than 20. Alrighty then! Basically, a 5-second image preceding the movie was the game changer. Ah, the mind of a 4-year-old. My 4-year-old, to be exact.

Did you see the Cars 2? What did you think? I wished they would have cooled it on the espionage plot and focused more on the races and character development, but that’s just me. I adored Finn McMissile, though. I officially have a crush on…a car. That’s a new one for me.

I’d love to hear your thoughts…but overall, Wito was happy, so I’m happy!

Lastly, the winner of the Cars 2 giveaway is Rebecca!

Congratulations, Rebecca! Your prize will be on its way shortly.

  1. Erin

    July 1, 2011 at 8:05 am

    Took my 5 year old to see it Saturday. He loved it and I found it very watchable, but oh so different. Definitely not the super family friendly film like the first was. And this one had tons o’ violence – cars trying to kill other cars, bombings, the “torture” scene, etc. I’m almost amazed they got away with the ‘G’ rating so easily….maybe because it’s cartoon cars, not fake humans? I’m pretty laid back with the gun play stuff, so it was no big whoop for us. But I can see others getting way up in arms about it.

    Glad Wito liked it so much. I hope the big surprise for him was worth the internal pain you had from keeping the secret so long!

  2. steph

    July 1, 2011 at 8:37 am

    Wito totally needs to be a movie critic! :)

  3. PinkieBling

    July 1, 2011 at 8:40 am

    That is one awfully cute child.

  4. Torrie @ a place to share...

    July 1, 2011 at 9:40 am

    We haven’t, but soon!! (thanks for the recap :))

  5. loonytick

    July 1, 2011 at 10:14 am

    I know I’m in the minority, but I liked the second better. Mainly because it made that insufferable rolling stereotype Mater somewhat tolerable. Also, it seemed to me to make better use of the concept of the characters being vehicles, and it wasn’t so heavy handed (see: “ah, the glory days of Route 66” sequence)

    Still, it’s a fine difference, given that I think both Cars movies (a) rank near the bottom of Pixar’s offerings but (b) are better than just about any other kids movies released in the same time period).

    And yes, G is a stretch. This one definitely should have been rated PG.

  6. Andrea

    July 1, 2011 at 11:54 am

    I totally agree with you about the spy plot, I think it was a bit much for the audience they were targeting. Especially because now my child wants to “shoot” and “kill” things :( Kind of a departure from the country cuteness of the first one.

  7. Jessica

    July 1, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    We saw it, and liked it! But I was very surprised at the shooting, reference to killing, and “bad guys” but I don’t think my 2.5 year old was overly affected. I did like Finn McMissile!

  8. rachel

    July 1, 2011 at 6:23 pm

    Hilarious and so cute. I was just wondering yesterday, when I saw some Cars 2 paraphernalia, whether or not Wito liked it. Those eyes and missing teeth are too much. I just can’t.

  9. Blythe

    July 6, 2011 at 10:57 am

    Chiming in somewhat late to say that, as you know, I agree with you about the “heart” thing. And when my child was weeping in my lap and demanding to leave the theater during the more suspenseful parts of the movie I would have thought he would agree too. However, there seems to be some selective memory happening at our house because suddenly we are all Francesco Bernulli! All the time! Cars 2 Is The Best!

    Four year olds are adorable but confusing.

  10. Sonja von Franck

    July 7, 2011 at 9:59 pm

    The plan is to take our 4 yr old to see this movie, his FIRST movie theater movie tomorrow evening – but now I’m freaking out a little about some of the comments. He’s going to come home shooting and wanting to kill things? OH….WELL… Ain’t no way he’s going to go for “well maybe we’ll make your first movie be Winnie the Pooh in July…” now. We’ve already talked it up so much… Watch him want to leave because it’s too loud – ha! We’ll see!

  11. Tina

    July 8, 2011 at 3:25 pm

    We made the movie into a playdate with his favorite friends. All the parents joined in. One of the parents is a police officer and even he was a bit miffed at all the violence. I’ll be first to admit we don’t allow gun play at all in our home. Tot is 4 and we have had many conversations about it. What made me even more frustrating for me was that it was completely unnecessary. Like, they could have done other things with the spy plot piece besides using guns. (Think superheroes and superhero powers). The torture scene was over the top but what i found the most appalling was the scene in which Finn swivels all the walls around to give Mater his choice of weapons. I was all “what the hell? are the kids supposed to be ‘whoooooah…loook at all those cool guns?” The story would have been just as cool and exciting without that crap. Loved the message about accepting others the way they are and respecting your friends. And I also loved Finn and Holly Shiftwell.
    Despite my grievances, we still had a blast!
    And yes, your kiddo needs to be Pixar’s new movie critic!