CARS 2: This animated film presented by Disney Pixar Animation Studios brings us a cartoon with strong adult themes. Although through the years, many animated greats have bits of adult humor; Cars 2 brings not only the humor but an action packed spy feature geared towards an audience that is not represented in marketing (target all ages). [Think James Bond, in cartoon form] The imagine-ears forgot the target audience includes children well under 13. There are high-speed chases to include explosions (death); and gunfire. While Maters’ spy antics are comical, and McQueens’ racing is equal to the original cars; taking impressionable children should take careful consideration of guardians, before seeing this film. Other concepts of adult themes include references to State Farm, which is in good taste.
The animation is truly the works of Disney Pixar. The voiceovers include Owen Wilson (McQueen), Daniel Lawrence Whitney [aka Larry the Cable Guy] (Mater), who do have a recognizable voice to adult viewers, and Mater keeps the kids laughing. Michael Cain, another recognized voice in film brings us a new character (Finn McMissle), Other newcomers include Emily Mortimer (Holly Shiftwell), and Eddie Izzard Sir Miles Axlerod). All of the voiceovers provide a nice blend of voice to action. Darrell Waltrip (Darrell Cartrip) is refreshing, and the car is fitting to the scenes. Mater does indeed steal the limelight, even over McQueen.
The music background did not stand out in the mind of viewers; however, was not so bad that you actually thought about a poor choice of chords as several movies of late have offered. This film, although does not present us with costumers; does indeed require the touch up of cars to the equivalence of a designers’ impression.
Once again, the film viewing location was the Rave. In careful consideration, awaiting improvements in this theatre brings this reviewer back once again; and again is quite disappointed. The popcorn was a bit better but the movie stopped as McQueen returns to Radiator Springs; and as with DVD – digital is not able to restart at point stopped (old reels could get patched with seamless restart). The time waiting for the restart created an atmosphere of utter panic for parents of toddlers, and younger children as once they are up, and about keeping them quiet and seated is a taunting task. There were again, children wandering the theatre. On the date of this review, a girl about 5 was pacing back and forth in front of the first balcony row; she later was seen running up and down the hallway where she encountered a woman head on (no parents with wandering child). This appears a constant them at the Rave, East Ridge complex. It is know clear why theatres often have staff inside the theatre. Very distracting, especially to other kids who want to run amuck as well, but their parents have control!
Overall: Cute Animated Film for over 13
Although this film is rated “G”, and many 2 year olds have already seen during opening weekend, it is recommended to hold back on the younger ones who have issues with “death”; (in this audience many children screamed), and/or have difficulty with understanding fake from reality. Although, yes these are animated cars; the children during this set of viewing did indeed react with concern, fear, and angst. Parents voiced their concerns upon exiting this theatre as well.