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Jun 10, 2006


So what did you think of Cars? I saw it as soon as I could, about 12:00pm on Friday. After all, I'm such a Pixar geek, I had to! I was really unsure going into this one though. I certainly didn't go into it with the expectations I had with other Pixars flicks.

I wanted to see what everyone else thought of it so far, and I usually check out the "Tomatometer" at Rotten Tomatoes to get a quick idea. So far the movie is doing better than most, as movies usually get the ratings they deserve on that site, but right now Cars is hovering right around 77%, it was 78% last night. A lot of the reviews claim it wasn't as strong as previous Pixar movies, not as personable. One reviewer actually went as far as to state the blatantly obvious:

"None of the characters in Cars feel like flesh and blood. None of them feel like family. Instead, they're just a means to an end -- vehicles and nothing more."

Really? Did you realize that you just went to see a movie called CARS....


The fact that Lasseter and his crew were able to instill the amount of personality and character into those cars as he did amazes me. Realistically it was quite a stretch on Lasseter's part to bring this idea to life. With everything else you've been able to relate quite easily, the anthropomorphism could be pushed to that level for bugs, monsters, and even sheep in "Boundin". The empathy was there, but there's only so much of that that can be applied to cars, only so far you can go, and I think that's the reason why some people felt a little detached. I know I felt a little unempathetic in a few scenes, but overall I thought they did an excellent job.

It makes me wonder if this is the main reason behind the dismal ratings so far, or is it because everyone was expecting this to be "not as a good as Incredibles". I know that's all I've heard from people since the first teaser for the movie came out. Still I knew I'd love it, and I did. Did I like it as much as Toy Story or Incredibles? No, but that's just me, and those movies are hard to top.

Pixar's had nothing but hits, and secretly I think everyone's waiting for the first flop. Well apparenlty Cars has a weakness: unempathetic characters (in a few scenes), something Pixar is great at avoiding. So even though the movie is averaging at a B grade right now, according to the aforementioned Tomatometer, that's pretty much a flop for Pixar standards. Take a look at the ratings for Toy Story, Toy Story 2, A Bug's Life, Monster Inc, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Not one of those movies received lower than 91%.

Personally, I thought is was a great movie, I really got the sense that Lasseter took everything possible from those cross-country trips with his family and dumped it right into this movie. You get all the feelings he aimed at: It's not the result that matters, it's how you get there. It's the journey, etc. There was a lot of heart in this movie. I'd see it again for sure, it's all about making people believe right? Well, I believed, for most of the movie anyway.

I won't even get started on the animation, I'm still trying to figure out how to animate bi-pedals. I don't even want to think about how they pulled this one off, and how they shot reference footage, it's all way beyond me as an animator so early in his education. I sure can't wait for the dvd though. The acting was great, and it feels weird saying that about cars, but it was!

Who wants to go see it again with me?

P.S - The movie has a great soundtrack too (I'm not usually one for country).

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Blogger julie-bear said...

I saw it immediately as well. I wrote a review in my livejournal if you want to read it :)

Click here.


June 25, 2006 6:42 AM


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