Cars 3 is on its way to the theaters and what better time than now for the Honest Trailers team to drive a knife through the first two instalments. Cars 2 in particular.
The June 16 US release date for Cars 3 is inching closer, Screen Junkies Honest Trailers started getting bombarded with requests to make one of their trademark videos which rip apart movies. This time the request was for an Honest Trailer of Pixar’s Cars and its muddled sequel Cars 2. They clubbed both movies together to create a single Honest Trailer and boy, isn’t it fun to watch!
The makers of this episode of Honest Trailers have been fair to the first Cars movie. The first part was actually a pretty decent flick – a serviceable coming-of-age movie about Lightning McQueen learning to slow down and of course, enjoy the simpler things in life. Children loved it, parents were happy to tag along and yes, the latter eventually spent a lot of money buying tie-in merchandise for the former.
That’s probably why Cars 2 was such a massive critical flop. Made with the sole purpose of introducing more characters and selling more toys and tie-in goods of those, the second part was a migraine to sit through. Instead of focusing on Lightning, the story revolved around the sidekick character, Mater. And they threw in a handful of spy movie plotlines to explain all the action overdose, because why not!
Cars 2 happens to be the worst-reviewed Pixar movie of all-time with a Rotten Tomatoes rating of 39%. Ugh… the stench of it is nauseating!
Cars 2 did extremely well at the box office though. While its US takings slipped, from $241 million to $191 million, the international markets lapped Cars 2 up big time. Global box office figures added up to $562 million – a $100 million advantage over the first movie. And of course, the toy sales shot over the roof with more variety being shoved into the racks.
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Honest Trailers have explored all the misfires of Cars 2 in vivid detail. The appalling plot, the desperation to cram in as many new characters as they can and the sheer lack of all the things which made the first movie closer to the rest of the Pixar gems like Ratatouille, Up and Wall-E are highlighted as the sequel’s major failures.
But Honest Trailers saved the best for the last as the Epic Trailer Voice Guy almost loses his mind thinking overtime on everything from the origin of Cars characters to the anatomy of cars and the most disturbing question of them all. What happened to all the humans in the world of Cars?
Cars 2 had a scene featuring a convertible with seats and a steering wheel. So there were humans in that world before the cars mysteriously took over the planet. Will Disney-Pixar green light a prequel series? Will it be having the same tone as Matt Reeves’ dark and gritty Planet of the Apes trilogy? Dawn of the Rise of the War of the Planet of the Cars, anyone?
Now we are freaking out!