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Cars Reviews

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TheDudeLebowski65
TheDudeLebowski65

Super Reviewer

November 5, 2013
Cars is a fun, entertaining and exciting animated feature that boasts a well crafted story that is sure to entertain fans of Pixar. Although not the greatest effort from the studio, Cars is lots of fun from start to finish. The voice is terrific and the animation is very well done as usual. Even if this film isn't perfect, there are still plenty of good moments to be had with this film. Although the film doesn't break new ground, it's a worthy addition to the studios track record of fine animated features. I enjoyed the film, and felt it was a worthwhile viewing. The film may not the finest Pixar film, but it delivers memorable entertaining that is fun for anyone looking for an amusing film. Cars is entertaining for what it is, but is not a Pixar classic by any means either. The jokes are good, and the cast do a good job in their roles. The story has heart, and is lots of fun if you're in the right mood. The characters are great, and varied. Pixar may have made better movies, but this one is still worth seeing if you loved the other films in the filmography. This is yet another stunningly animated feature that delivers what you'd expect from Pixar. The film has a few flaws, but there are enough good moments to be had here to make it a pleasant viewing experience. Cars adds nothing new to the Pixar formula, but it does retain everything you've enjoyed from previous films that they have made. Entertaining, funny and memorable, what more can you expect from a film that brought you classics like Toy Story and Monsters Inc. Cars is not a classic, but it's nonetheless fun entertainment for what it tries to do.
Eugene B

Super Reviewer

July 24, 2013
Much different in delivery and impact for Pixar. Cars is a visual treat, as only Disney and Pixar could do, but the enigmatic script may be skeptical to its viewers. Nonetheless, the film is a CGI dream and is magnificently mapped out landscape-wise. 4/5
Josh L

Super Reviewer

June 4, 2013
Cars is Pixar's least marketable film for their more mature adult audience by far. I mean, talking racecars? Sounds like something for you to fall asleep at while your children lap it up from start to finish. This is half the reason it has taken me this long to even see it. It didn't help that the critical reception (at the time) was Pixar's lowest by a fair margin (although still pretty positive). I am happy to report that lack of excitement for this movie caused me to be completely surprised by how well done it actually was. There's a lot more depth in the characters and story than I thought there would be, even if it doesn't quite reach one of their best works like "Up" or "Wall-E". To me, this can go right alongside Ratatouille, Monsters, Inc, and other strong efforts by Pixar that just don't quite reach the upper echelon of animation. This is not a negative statement in any way. You can't knock it out of the park every time, but a solid base hit gets things going sometimes. Cars has the laughs, heart, strong story, and absolutely gorgeous animation you expect from a Pixar production. Don't be dissuaded by the kiddie nature of the premise. This is a fine motion picture.
Christopher H

Super Reviewer

June 13, 2011
So many people trash this film just because the plot is familiar and formulaic. Following a formula is not bad within itself, it is what is done with it that matters. This movie does the "big city guy in a small town" concept very well, and the novelty of seeing a world ruled by cars is pretty fun. The characters are surprisingly endearing and the animation remains as brilliant as with any Pixar effort.
Matheus C

Super Reviewer

August 9, 2011
O ano de 2006 constatou a realização de uma previsão feita por analistas e fãs desde o início da década: a saturação do mercado de animação. Devido aos imensos sucessos dos filmes da Pixar e o fenômeno de certo ogro verde, diversos estúdios colocaram em produção uma série de animados digitais, esperando receberem sua fatia de lucros. Tal foi o interesse que o ano finalizou com mais de dezesseis produções animadas tendo estreado apenas nos EUA, com a grande maioria tendo desempenho muito abaixo das expectativas. Esta grande exposição casou efeito reverso no público, que deixou de considerar animação algo especial, sendo também necessário mencionar que muitos destes filmes seguem a semelhante fórmula de comédia com tiradas pop estreladas por animais. No meio deste ano conturbado, chega Carros, a primeira produção lançada após a compra da Pixar pela Disney. Oferecendo uma opção diferente dos animais falantes e ainda tendo como vantagem "dos criadores de Toy Story e Os Incríveis" nos cartazes, o filme conseguiu se destacar dos demais, ainda que não da forma como muitos esperavam. Mesmo lucrando $244 milhões nos EUA e se tornando a segunda maior bilheteria norte-americana de 2006, os resultados ficaram abaixo das últimas produções do estúdio, o que levaram ao início das pífias especulações a respeito da trilha de sucessos da Pixar (tal situação remete ao ano do lançamento de Pocahontas).

Carros nos introduz ao protagonista Lightning McQueen (voz de Owen Wilson), um arrogante carro de corridas que cruza o país para competir na Copa do Pistão na Califórnia. Quando um desvio de percurso acidental o faz se perder do seu caminho, ele acaba parando na pacata e abandonada cidade de Radiator Springs. Preso no lugar por infrações cometidas, ele se vê obrigado a conviver com figuras como o misterioso Doc Hudson (voz do ótimo Paul Newman), a adorável porshe Sally e um velho reboque chamado Mate (Larry the Cable Guy). O filme segue as relações de Lightning com o restante dos personagens, sendo que tudo leva à inevitável corrida ao final.

Talvez o principal problema de Carros seja o fato de ter sido lançado após uma onda de seis grandes sucessos, o que torna a comparação inevitável. E infelizmente, ainda que muito bom por seus próprios méritos, não chega ao nível de excelência de produções passadas da Pixar. Um dos principais aspectos negativos é a falta da naturalidade com que o desenrolar narrativo e as relações entre os personagens fluem, sendo que muitas vezes podemos ver as "engrenagens girando" - ou seja, é possível perceber a manipulação da narrativa para ir de ponto A ao ponto B. Isto também é prejudicado pelo fato de o arco do personagem Lightning McQueen já ter sido visto diversas outras vezes no cinema (personagem falho deve passar por mudanças ao se encontrar na companhia de outros que não lhe agradam). Apesar de coloridos e interessantes, boa parte do restante do elenco do filme não passa de estereótipos já mostrados em diversos outros filmes de animação, como o caipira gente boa e o sargento rabugento.

A maior diferença entre Carros e as produções anteriores da Pixar é sua escolha de elenco - ou, devemos dizer espécie. Enquanto nos filmes anteriores os cineastas conseguiram a façanha de fazer o espectador se envolver emocionalmente com brinquedos, insetos, monstros e peixes, de certa forma o mesmo efeito não é alcançado com carros. Talvez seja neste ponto no qual muitos amantes das máquinas irão discordar, mas torna-se mais complexo estabelecer uma conexão com um mundo em que todos os personagens são feitos de lata e andam sobre quatro rodas. Além disso, podemos nos questionar a respeito da verossimilhança de um universo que é povoado exclusivamente por carros, mas que tem a mesma aparência do nosso. Em um mundo povoado apenas por máquinas dotadas de rodas e desprovidas de braços, é possível ponderar como todo o ambiente ao redor dos personagens foi construído. Talvez o espectador não devesse pensar sobre tais fatos em um filme de fantasia mas, como diria Walt Disney, para ocorrer a suspensão de descrença é necessária a ilusão do impossível plausível.

Independente de tais falhas, o pessoal da Pixar ainda não esqueceu como fazer um filme envolvente, e desta forma não podemos negar que Carros é um saudável entretenimento que conquista o espectador pelo seu charme. John Lesseter conseguiu inserir no filme um verdadeiro espírito de camaradagem e nostalgia que permeia por entre os vagantes da Rota 66, criando um afiado contraste entre o mundo moderno e apressado das pistas de corrida. Isso não significa que a produção seja uma crítica aos tempos mais atuais, mas sim uma ode às épocas passadas onde relacionamentos eram menos complicados e a vida era mais simples. Em uma das melhores passagens de Carros, vemos uma montagem que ilustra os tempos áureos e a derrocada de Radiator Springs com a construção da interestadual. Em outra cena vemos a pequena cidade voltar aos seus anos prósperos, regada a uma trilha dos anos cinqüenta e jovens (carros) que não resistem ao hábito de cruising. Um paralelo entre o passado e o presente pode ser estendido até mesmo com os atuais tempos da animação, onde lápis é pincel são jogados de lado a favor de mouse e teclado.

Mesmo não apresentando grandes inovações como os pelos que se movem de Sulley ou a animação humana dos Incríveis, Carros é tecnicamente impecável. As cenas ambientadas no interior surpreendem por seu foto realismo, sendo que alguns planos abertos parecem ter saído de um western de John Ford. Também vale citar o criativo design dos personagens, que fogem da tentação de utilizar os faróis como olhos e que possuem personalidade própria, apesar de suas limitações.

Apesar de não se sustentar tão bem quando inspecionado categoricamente, Carros é um filme cujo total funciona melhor que a soma de suas partes. De certa forma, podemos dizer que o slogan dos cartazes funciona para o próprio animado: "o que importa não é o destino, mas sim o percurso". E no estado atual da indústria da animação, qualquer produção que se preocupa com o interior de seus personagens e não seja apenas uma colagem de referências pop e de sucessivas piadas de humor de banheiro já é algo a celebrar.
DreamExtractor
DreamExtractor

Super Reviewer

February 28, 2011
Pixar has made a record for the best animated movies ever, this one wasnt good for me. Racecar Lightning Mcqueen (Owen Wilson) is a self centered racing star, and on his trip to California for a big race he is lost on Route 66 and accidentaly destroys the road of a ghost town called Radiator Springs. At first he hates it but after becoming best friends with a tow truck named Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) and falling in love with a Porsia named Sally (Bonnie Hunt), he soon falls in love with a townof cars he soon calks family. The plot felt tired and the setting felt too boring. The characters and jokes however were really good. I didnt love or hate Cars, more in the middle I think.
theunknownhobo
theunknownhobo

Super Reviewer

August 24, 2011
When my daughter sees Lightening McQueen she says "mum". Even a two year old can see how much I LOVE this movie. The soundtrack is as stunning as the scenary and the names in it are big enough to give you a sense of familiarity that allows you to find comfort in the story before its started. This movie genuinely makes me laugh very loud and has even pulled a tear or two on more sensitive days. Magnificent.
Directors Cat
Directors Cat

Super Reviewer

August 16, 2011
A dissapointing film by Pixar standards but it's a colourful film that doesn't turn out a failure. It's main problem is the story its trying to tell but the visuals and voice acting in it is still amazing as any pixar film. The sequel that follows isn't as promising
Eric A

Super Reviewer

July 31, 2011
Because it's Pixar, the visuals are on point, but it's been really hard for me to fully like this movie.
Alexander D

Super Reviewer

June 14, 2011
Another awful, boring Disney/Pixar filmâ"except, unlike THE INCREDIBLES, this one has no superheroes.
KJ P

Super Reviewer

January 10, 2010
Looking back on this film, it may not be perfect, but it definitely shows off beautiful effects, loveable characters, a story that is worth taking a ride through once, and gorgeous landscapes. Cars is among the low rankings of Pixar films, but on it's own, it is a true dazzler. The voice cast is brilliant, and for an animated movie about cars, it has cinematography that actually surprised me. It is missing all of the true heart felt moments that are in and around the other pixar films of it's time, but Cars is still a fantastic family adventure that I am willing to visit more than once.
Kevin M

Super Reviewer

June 26, 2011
To be straight forward I really like this movie, I don't love though. It was my former least favorite Pixar movie, with Cars 2 taking it's place (what a shocker) and there many obvious reasons why. First of all, I always thought this was a movie to sell more toys, I mean, do you still see the commercials on tv, even after 5 years they're still selling Cars toys! Also, this world they created about cars being an Intelligent species doesn't seem really subtle. But it's mainly the story, to be honest, it's not very interesting anymore. Maybe it's cuz I've seen too many times, but i don't think so, I've only seen it full length about 5 times. It's just so average, it's just a simple person who has to face something he's not used to, you'd be surprised how many movies followed that formula. I still like it though, but it barely reached Pixars average potential (which is still pretty good).
Chiefilms
Chiefilms

Super Reviewer

June 10, 2011
Don't forget about the little people, Ka-Chow!
Drake T

Super Reviewer

May 28, 2011
Pixar's first failure. Neither engaging emotionally or visually. (Unless you like watching cars race, but even Tokyo Drift and Speed Racer excelled more in that aspect) Also, where was the humor? I could barely even muster a chuckle.

It's kind of ironic how the simpler-small-town-life-is-better-than-busy-soulless-city-life motif is continuously played here but by the end of the movie you thank god that they finally moved the last couple of acts out of that dreary unimaginative town of cardboard "simple folk" archetypes.

It's impressive what Pixar was able to do with such a poor premise by turning the entire cast into automobiles but at the same time you can't help but feel they could've done hell of a lot more to incorporate our culture into their world to reel us in. Nope, instead we're stuck in that god forsaken Radiator Springs for 3/4 of the movie with nothing to look at.
Conner R

Super Reviewer

April 12, 2011
I probably enjoy Cars a good deal more than I'd usually admit. There's something about it that's just really great. Maybe it has to do with the beautiful casting of Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen, a role that he fits into like he was born to do it. Also, the addition of Paul Newman giving his final performance as the noble champion, Hudson Hornet. I know a lot of people hate this movie or just refuse to even watch it, but I think it's a genuinely great. You can't ask for better animation and the ingenious premise of having an entire world of cars is so crazy that it just seems to work. It's easy to be thrown off by characters like a Larry the Cable Guy voiced Tater, but that's just an acceptable loss since you have to at least have one redneck car in a movie centering around the Piston Cup. It's easy to forget when you have a diabolical villain voiced by Michael Keaton and car versions of Cheech and Chong. This is an incredibly wacky movie, but you can't say that it's unoriginal and you certainly can't say that it isn't fun to watch.
skactopus
skactopus

Super Reviewer

April 3, 2011
John Lasseter successfully reaches the checkered flag with Cars.With a run time just under 2 hours, which include scenes during and after the closing credits, Cars has everything it needs to amuse from beginning to end. The biggest compliment to the film are the characters. Why? The characters have character. That makes them likable, thus making the story that much more enjoyable. Heck, cars can carry a film.The visual look of the cars are family friendly and they look adorable. That's not to say that there isn't a whole lot of effort put into the visuals because the detail is there. The shine of the car bodies is enchanting to the eyes.The voice work is praiseworthy. Owen Wilson and Bonnie Hunt are a good one two punch, but Larry the Cable Guy deserves a lot of credit. He is a perfect match for his character, Mater, while also providing much of the comic relief.Cars may revolve around a race car, but it takes its time unfolding the story and it works out for the best. Highly recommended.
Dean !

Super Reviewer

December 30, 2006
A decent entry to the Pixar garage of films. This did feel aimed a lot more at a younger audience, where their other films have something for all ages. A good voice cast and shiny motors with some impressive animation again. I loved the "Cars" versions of Toy Story, Monsters Inc at the end when the credits roll!
jamers2011
jamers2011

Super Reviewer

August 3, 2010
The first Pixar film that is just good. I still really love the story and characters!
michael e.
michael e.

Super Reviewer

November 4, 2010
In my mind its by far the best of all the pixar movies, the plot, the characters, the animation (of course), the personalities, the music, the actor choices, and the comedy. The race scenes are great to watch and they really make you feel like your watching or at a nascar race. And the ending race is one of the few moments in a child film that got me really choked up.
Movie Monster
Movie Monster

Super Reviewer

August 28, 2010
Cars follows rookie racecar, Lightning McQueen as he encounters himself in the small and alienated town of Radiator Springs after causing an accident with the town's asphault roads. There he meets new friends and learns valuble life lessons.

The story kind of feels "been there, done that" and does not live up to Pixar's other work. But the film is able to cover up the "not-a-Pixar-classic" feel with great humor and jokes. The story is a 60% but the humor and animation boost this up 10% more. Our final rating is 70%.

Cars is an enjoyable film for all.

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