Well I think we’re all pretty much expecting Cars 2 to be one of Pixar’s weakest films to date, and the marketing sure isn’t doing much to change our minds. The first Cars film is the only other Pixar movie to have ever lost the Oscar for Best Animated Feature aside from Monsters Inc., and after pushing the boundaries of family entertainment with movies like Wall-E and Up over the last few years, it seems that they are going back to the well for a straight up cash grab. Make no mistake… Cars 2 will make a ton of money, but it doesn’t look the least bit interesting.
The story finds Lightning McQueen and Mater getting caught up in the world of international espionage as they race throughout Japan and Europe. Michael Caine voices British secret agent Finn McMissile, who also figures heavily in the new film. The full theatrical trailer for the movie premiered over on MSN this week, and as a trailer, it’s pretty terrible in my opinion. It honestly feels like it could be for a direct-to-video animated feature of some sort. With our expectations low, perhaps the movie will still surprise us, but right now I’m not looking forward to it at all. What are your impressions of Cars 2? The movie hits theatres on June 24th; check out the trailer after the jump and see what you think.