Cars 2 being cast as non-contender for Academy Award

Professor Z (voice by Thomas Kretschmann), Mater (voice by Larry the Cable Guy), Holley Shiftwell (voice by Emily Mortimer), Finn McMissile (voice by Michael Caine), Lightning McQueen (voice by Owen Wilson)

Raise your hand if you seriously thought Cars 2 would be an Oscar contender this year. Yeah, right. Me neither. It was a good effort, but lacked the heart and story craft that separated previous Pixar films from the pack. Yet, for some reason the LA Times felt the need to single out John Lasseter and Pixar for some additional lashing for producing Cars 2.

“Cars 2” may have made $554 million in global box office, but that doesn’t mean Lasseter made a great movie. I mean, Michael Bay could be saying the same thing about “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” which made more than twice that amount globally but still wasn’t even close to being good, much less great.

In fact, the reviews for “Cars 2” were abysmal, with the film earning a lowly 38% fresh rating at Rotten Tomatoes. Just how lowly is a 38% rating? Put it this way: “Tyler Perry’s Madea’s Big Happy Family” and “Cowboys & Aliens” got higher Rotten Tomatoes scores. It didn’t stop lots of people from seeing the film, but it is bad news for Pixar’s chances of winning the Oscar for animated feature, a category Pixar has won four times in a row and six out of the last eight.

Okay, we get it. With 17 other contenders, including some great foreign films, there’s a good chance Cars 2 won’t even be nominated this year. Yes, something broke down in the usual ‘brain trust’ that helps Pixar produce Oscar contenders. Yes, they know it can’t happen again any time soon. Not every swing has to drive the ball out of the park. But with 11 other animated features, they have 11 Academy Awards on the shelf, 6 of which were for best animated feature. That’s a pretty good track record, that stacks up against the best of the best.

So, please… move on. Let’s bring on the promotion for Brave. So say we all.

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8 Responses to Cars 2 being cast as non-contender for Academy Award

  1. Zack says:

    Cars 2 was not great but was still entertaining. I would not compare it to any sort of Michael Bay Transformers piece of crap.

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  3. Agreed. Well said, John.

  4. Disneynorth says:

    I don’t think Cars 2 was intended to be an Oscar worthy movie. It was a simple action packed, fun and entertaining movie. I know I enjoyed it.

  5. James Mason says:

    I could have sworn that Lasseter was commenting at the takeover about how the era of direct-to-dvds and uninspired remakes and sequels was over.

    Eisner may be gone, but his beancounters remain.

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  7. J says:

    I love Pixar and Disney as much as the next super crazy fan. But this year Pixar simply doesn’t make the cut. They went the bloated, action route instead of the focused, story route and everyone will have to live with that.

    Winnie The Pooh on the other hand should be a shoe-in for Best Animated Picture Nominee.

  8. Anonymouse says:

    I dont think its fair to dismiss the quality of Cars 2 so easily. To say things like “not every movie needs to be a home run” or tell people to quit talking about it is just hiding from reality. Cars 2 should never have been made, and now looking in retrospect then maybe CarsLand should have been something more than a land based solely on the success of toy sales.

    Pixar was synonmymous with “Quality” but all it takes is one bad movie to remove that distinction. So if people wont shut up about it then that is a telling sign that we SHOULD expect better because we know Pixar can deliver.

    Next at bat… John Carter

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