The score by Michael Giacchino (a welcome Pixar regular now) brings to mind the best scores of spy movies past and Lasseter keeps the jokes flying no matter how high or low brow. While we do get more bathroom humor than most, Pixar somehow always manages to make them funny. And finally, the best joke in the entire movie is a nod to the reviews of the first one. I don’t know how many times I’ve said, “Whenever I need to find something to help me fall asleep, I put in Cars.” It’s nice to see Pixar able to acknowledge their shortcomings while upping themselves.
If you’re skeptical about the 3-D, skip it. I kept glancing over my glasses and the world of Cars was as bright as crisp as ever as compared to viewed through the insipid glasses where it looks like the whole film seems to be taking place at dusk. At first I was worried that Cars 2 would wind up being just another fluff piece to tide us by until their next truly original venture, but job well done on proving me wrong. While it’s far from the animated game changer I think both Kung Fu Panda 2 and Rango are, here’s hoping Monsters University can continue Pixar’s streak of showing just how well sequels can be done.
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