Rollercoaster Rider wrote:molemaster43 wrote:jmicha wrote:^I think one of the biggest problems is that Cars 1 was the least successful movie in terms of box office performance but the most successful in terms of merchandise sales. That makes it quite obvious that the movie wasn't made because people loved the first one, but because it was a serious money maker. Most people consider the first Cars to be the worst Pixar movie (before the sequel that is) and therefore a second one was deemed completely unnecessary by most. Now I quite liked Cars 1. The second, on the other hand, I found to be pretty boring. The story felt lazy at best. Pixar movies are marked by super creative storylines that really capture the audience and envelop them in a very specific atmosphere. Cars 2 didn't really do that for me and many others. It felt more appropriate as a straight-to-DVD sequel honestly.
I have another theory: It could be that Mater was the main focus in Cars 2, while Lightning McQueen was the main focus in Cars.
The problem is Lightning McQueen. Owen Wilson is about as generic as possible, And they hired him for his Voice?!!!? In Cars 2, there's a scene where you can tell he's just sleepwalking through the film. I think it was the scene with the French car. Mater says "She's a huge fan!!"
I like Mater cause; Say what you will about Larry the Cable Guy, He didn't sleepwalk through it.
I love Mater. Mater is my favorite character in the series. I just feel that people liked McQueen more as a character. I also like how it was a bit of a departure from the original Cars. They really, in my opinion, stepped it up with new characters and a new storyline for Mater. And I saw one of the funniest movie scenes in an animated movie, ever: "Like a good neighbor, Mater is there!!!"