Update: Damn! I totally fucked this up. I was thinking Cars 2 was headed direct-to-DVD, confusing it with the Cars spin-off, Planes, which is headed direct-to-DVD. Cars 2 will actually be in theaters.
I’m an idiot. Someone revoke my movie blogger license. This is what happens when you drink too much the night before, and you spend all morning in a hungover haze searching frantically for your toddler’s Bert & Ernie shoes.
Benefit of the doubt temporarily restored to Pixar. For now.
Here’s the original, dumbass post I wrote, or you can just skip to the trailer and save me the humiliation.
OK. Maybe that’s an unfair characterization. But we are talking direct-to-DVD sequel, and we know Disney’s checkered history with DTD sequels. Kids love them, because kids are not very smart. They have to be told to blow their noses, so you know what kind of audience with which we’re dealing. The movies are usually kind of generic, and putting the Cars characters in the spy world in European locales sounds awfully … direct-to-DVD-y. And while John Lassetter is directing, he’s co-directing with Brad Smith, making his feature directorial debut. My guess is that Lassetter’s name is there in title only.
But then again, they did get Owen Wilson to return. And also Larry the Cable Guy, whatever you want to make of that. Whatever happened to Larry? He was a fun guy to hate. What they won’t be getting is Paul Newman. Not even Pixar has that kind of money.