After a smash hit in 2006 it was time for another round of the lovable cars. The film was released earlier this year and recently came out on Blu-Ray/DVD. “Cars 2” picks up from the original in Radiator Springs which has done a complete turn around and is a bustling town, thanks in big part to Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). McQueen is very successful having won four Piston cups and has just received an invitation to participate in the World Grand Prix.
Quickly the story goes from focusing on McQueen to his best buddy Mater (Larry the Cable Guy). Thanks to mistaken identity Mater becomes the center of an investigation. The mysterious tale of espionage becomes confusing with Mater on the case. When a couple spies are brought on the scene we find out that an evil group is out to destroy the World Grand Prix, when the need for them to supply oil is in jeopardy.
As we go on the adventure we visit many glamourous destinations including Japan, Italy and England. Mater is all over the place during the travels and finds himself in some crazy scenarios. Switching Mater to the lead was a sad mistake. “Cars” had a genuine feel that made the film work. It was a heartfelt film that gave children something to enjoy from beginning to end. “Cars 2” can not do the same. It lacks in many areas and was unappealing to the youngsters.
McQueen’s lacking in the lead was a major factor that took away form the magic the original had. The mysterious spy plotting added another unnecessary layer. The Blu Ray did offer superb vivid colors during many scenes. The audio had an exceptional soundtrack and was very clear and crisp. The added bonus of audio commentary, the short of Hawaiian Vacation and Air Mater was a great addition. “Cars 2” may be lacking in some areas, but they all can’t be winners. Kids will enjoy the first round of watching, but they won’t burn out the DVD as they did with “Cars” the original.