Once again we get familiar characters that are at the same time new. We also get a story that seems familiar and it is at the same time new. The story is an interesting twist on the old framework of a past story that is backed up by solid acting, great special effects, and a good sound track that adds to the action and drama. This film proves that in this case, a re-boot was exactly what the Star Trek franchise needed.
I'm glad they did not stick with the "interview/flashback" format of the book. In book form that worked great. In a film, I think it would have made the pacing off and the film plodding and long. So, what we do get on film is a fast paced, decently told, story that is supported by great SFX, solid acting by the main character, and an OK soundtrack. If you were looking for a direct copy of the book, this will disappoint. If you are looking for a nicely paced and solidly put together Zombie movie that actually shows us a global pandemic where so many other zombie films only elude to it, then this one will entertain you.
So...they did some character tweaks (traded a famous arrogant race car for a naive unknown crop duster) but ultimately this is "Cars" but done with planes instead (thus the title). The voice work is fine. The animation is outstanding. The soundtrack is decent. I notice that although this is advertised as being from "the world of Cars" that it is released under the Disney label, not the Pixar label. I can't help but think that it was done that way "in case" this one tanked (which it apparently is doing in the box office) the Pixar reputation for great releases will be protected.
This movie succeeds in translating many of the funnier scenes and lines from the book into film. The combination of humor and pant crapping terror did not translate as well to the big screen, partially due to some SFX issues. Still, this film holds its own and is entertaining and worth a watch. If you haven't read the book, DO IT! It's excellent.
Pixar delivers another well done animated feature. Monsters University is a decently done version of the "rivals become reluctant allies become good friends" plot. The voice work is good, the animation is great, and the soundtrack is fun and helps the film. Pixar has shown, once again, that even a sequel (prequel) can be done well and actually still be fresh.