It pains me to say this, but for once in a long while there is an upcoming Pixar movie that I am not in the least bit excited for. I understand that the Cars franchise has been hugely beneficial for Pixar with enormous retail sales and character recognition. However, the first installment is among every critic’s least favorite of the studios’ films and the early previews that have been given of the sequel have been nothing to get excited about. I hate to say it, but Cars 2 feels like Pixar is delving into the realm of all other major studios by regurgitating easy to sell stories in the hopes of a quick profit.
Of course it is outrageous of me to damn the studio to failure with months to go before the film gets screened for any major critics. Pixar has done great things with little to work with in the past. However, an early teaser trailer released today does not look very promising. The images look pretty and the sound design will no doubt be sublime, but the jokes seem forced and the story does not feel at all fresh. I never particularly cared for Larry the Cable Guy’s Mater, but he will not seem to go away; like the Jar Jar Binks for Pixar.
The original voice cast returns including Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shaloub, and Larry the Cable Guy and John Lasseter is once again directing. A new member to the cast is revealed in the trailer to be Michael Caine who plays an Aston Martin in England. The best news about the cast and crew is that Michael Giacchino, the master behind the score for Up and Ratatouille will be composing the score.
Check out the trailer below and definitely let me know your thoughts. Are you more or less optimistic than I am?
Cars 2 will be released in the U.S. on June 24, 2011.
[Source: First Showing]