LA TIMES: “Is Pixar’s Winning Streak Over?”

Entertainment reporter Patrick Goldstein has some harsh words about Pixar’s Oscar chances in today’s LA Times:

“There’s no guarantee that “Cars 2” will even end up being a nominee with such a crowded field… 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.”

No doubt Pixar’s had the lock on the top awards the past few years, but Goldstein poses some intriguing questions. Will Cars 2 be nominated? Do any of the foreign or independent films have a chance? What feature is the realistic front runner for animation’s best of year?


  • http://www.segaltoons.com Steve Segal

    The Oscars without Pixar, Brett Ratner or Eddie Murphy. What’s the world coming to?

    • J.M.

      I’m with you, Steve. If Bruce Vilanch fails to find a spot for a 10 minute long Billy Crystal song and dance number, and Debi Allen refuses to choreograph a hip hop ballet tribute to J. Edgar, I’M NOT WATCHING.

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/Tigercat919 Michael F.

      I would love to see Ricky Gervais host if anything. He can fire Bruce Vilanch, drop the musical numbers and get as nasty as possible. I don’t think he was mean enough when he hosted the Golden Globes a while back.

      • Funkybat

        I’ll tune in if they get Bruce Vilanch and Harry Knowles on stage together…

    • http://n/a Heinz Ketchup

      How refreshing! Instead of the stale, arrogant Murphy (who WAS funny on SNL when he was young, skinny, and hilarious), we get the master comedian/MC/showman Billy Crystal, who is always entertaining & fun at the Oscars.

      Pixar earned its’ 38% overall rating of all film critics with its last film; a real flop. There are no excuses here. Somebody over there is a litte too fat, rich, and happy………Finally, the monopoly ends & a chance opens up for somebody, anybody else to win.Yeah!

  • http://www.philwillis.com.au Phil Willis

    If films like Happy Feet 2 and Tintin can qualify, I think they might stand a chance of winning best animated film.

    Remember the Oscar rules don’t FORBID you from using motion capture as one of your film’s techniques.

    You just need to have a number of characters hand animated, and have frame-by-frame animation featured in 75% of the shots.

    If all the facial animation is animated frame-by-frame and all the non-human-shaped characters (dogs, birds, seals, krill etc) are hand-animated and all the vehicles in Tintin are animated traditionally, then there shouldn’t be any objection to both qualifying.

    At this stage, you’d have to say Rio and Rango are the front-runners though.

    Should be a very interesting year.

  • Gobo

    If the reviews for Tintin hold strong, then it’s an easy frontrunner. Otherwise I’d bet on Rango and Kung Fu Panda 2.

  • http://www.bishopanimation.com Floyd Bishop

    It’ll get nominated if for no other reason than out of some perceived obligation to have them in there.

  • matt

    The Illusionist ftw!

    • Dave

      Matt – The Illusionist was nominated for Best Animated Feature last year.

  • James Fox

    Let’s not kid ourselves here
    Cars 2 will obviously win the Oscars just because of the film’s plot which has a anti-big oil agenda slapped in

    • Someguy

      So if a film has a message that you don’t like, it must have been “slapped in”…because it is inconceivable that writers and artists might want to make a film that comments on the world that exists. I suppose there is no precedent for films taking a moral/ethical stance on issues. Yup. None at all. -SG

      • Mike

        James is probably right. If a movie has an anti-big business message or is about a historical tragedy or a mentally challenged person, it usually has Oscar written all over it.

        Still, the boys and girls at Pixar can load their boat with bait if they want to—but they shouldn’t expect to catch a whopper every time.

      • B.Bonny

        Tell it to Leni Riefenstahl. When your medium has about as much political diversity as Mosfilm, the result for anything where politics has been injected tends to be both rather predictable and a turn off for half your potential audience.

      • AltredEgo

        Uhmm…you are aware that Disney is a “big business”…so I highly doubt that is the message they’re trying to get across. Conflating big oil with any big business is as logical as listening to TV pundits confuse OWS rejection of corporate corruption of goverment with “wanting to destroy all businesses and corporations ever”

        I think we can all agree that mainstream films are forced to exist in a very narrow bandwidth of political ideas. However for every cars film or transformers, there is wall-e or the matrix. So real ideas can sneak through.

        And just because you seem to love big oil companies, for reasons that I cannot fathom, doesn’t mean just presenting another view will “turn off half” the audience. Many people welcome new ideas. You don’t have to agree. Also I am curious as to which country exists where fully HALF of the population loves big oil so much that just hearing them disparaged in a cartoon is a turn off. Saudi Arabia?

        Also, Oscars are meaningless.

      • Mike

        I don’t think anyone said they love big oil—I certainly don’t! It’s the easy political message used as Oscar bait that I find objectionable. It’s just so cheap, so obvious.

        And as their resume has proven, Pixar can do so much better than Cars 2.

      • http://www.caricaturesbydave.com Dave Stephens

        Demonizing an industry which is the foundation of ALL food and MOST transportation and MOST industry is a classic fool’s gambit…

        However, it is popular to demonize a lot of essential things, and demonization of oil is a standard part of children’s education, so I suppose it’s reasonable to say Disney made a very safe bet. And safe bets can be as boring as they are predictable…

        Will we be off the teat of oil in 20 years? Nope. 50 years? Perhaps less, perhaps more, nobody knows, but with the tar sands, I don’t think so personally. Of course, I’m not worried about the world dying from warmth or coastal cities flooding or “weather extremes” causing world-wide calamities – the science of “Oh-look!-The-world’s-gonna-end-unless-you-do-this-or-that” just doesn’t work on me anymore…

      • http://somebodyelseslightbox.blogspot.com/ Dani Boy

        Cars 2 wasn’t very good. Isn’t that what this article should be about? Oil..

      • James Mason

        Just because a character in the movie used a phoney alternative fuel, the movie has an anti-oil message?

        Besides, the hippie-van character pretty much poked fun at anti-oil politics.

    • Eric Graf

      That’s not how this works. Don’t be so cynical. (About this category anyway.)

  • Bill

    As the article points out, Pixar did lose before, when Cars lost to Happy Feet. Given that year, I would bet on Tin-Tin as a way to award Spielberg without having to give him a “real” oscar. Otherwise Rango’s got it.

    • Joshua

      You know Spielberg has 3 “real” Oscars plus a Thalberg Award already, right? They don’t need to give Tintin an Oscar to reward him for past slights.

      • Bill

        But never for his lighter fare such as CETK, Jaws, ET, Raiders or anything in the past 12 years.

  • wgan

    1 Oscar is a joke
    2 Pixar is just a studio
    3 Car2 still makes heaps of money

    the rest doesn’t make a lot sense to the rest of the us

  • Alberto

    If they were able to lobby “Wall-E” for Best Picture. Then I wouldn’t be totally surprised to see “Cars II” in the Best Animated Feature category.

    • ajnrules

      Unfortunately for Pixar, WALL-E was nominated for Best Picture. Up and Toy Story 3 were, but those came after the field expanded to ten.

  • http://www.FredtheMonkey.com/ JK Riki

    As a huge anti-fan of Mocap, some part of me will die the day a motion captured film wins best ANIMATED movie. I know that’s not always a popular opinion, but it’s how I feel. I do not enjoy Mocap at all. Shoot reference and animate the film, do not let the computer animate for you. It’s just how I feel about it.

    I wouldn’t be surprised to see Rango win, if only because it’s so different. I don’t think it was well edited or developed, but the animation and visuals were outstanding.

    • Tim Douglas

      I’m not completely against it, I think mocap has its place (or will have). But this is hollywood we’re talking about, it could open the floodgates for a tonne (ton?) of half-baked, dead-faced copycats.

      I also don’t want it to validate the choice of using mocap over frame by frame animation.

      Did I just say the same thing twice? Anyway Rango/Tin Tin are the front runners, and I don’t expect that to change no matter how good the upcoming films are.

    • Steve Gattuso

      Hope you give that part of you a nice funeral. “Happy Feet” is Mo-Cap.

  • wever

    The nominations mean nothing. I thought people knew by now that movies that never made it into the Oscars or didn’t win an award are still great!

  • http://downindeep13.blogspot.com JerRocks2day

    I wouldn’t declare that Pixar’s glory days are over just yet. While Cars 2 did not do well in the box office, or reception-wise, the Toy Story short, Hawaiian Vacation, which was attached to the movie, was extremely well-received. I look forward to seeing Small Fry in the new Muppets movie.

    Then again, if the shorts do better than the feature length films, then it could mean that Pixar’s focusing more on shorts and committing less effort to movies.

    Hopefully they won’t end up like Don Bluth’s studio in the 90s. Maybe movies like Brave, Monsters University, etc., will still do well, but not strike the classic chord that it did in the 90s, 00s and with Toy Story 3. Thus, they could wind up becoming cult classics.

    It’s just a theory. But who knows?

    • http://dtoons.com/conroy Failed Art Student

      Maybe instead of making sequels to past movies, they do shorts instead. After all, Mater’s Tall Tales are pretty entertaining.

    • Tim Douglas

      I don’t think Pixar have lost it.

      It seems to me (in my infinite knowledge of such things) that they knew exactly what they were doing with Cars 2…getting paid!

      Maybe they’ll move into a “1 for the money, 1 for the art” pattern.

      • http://nicklasnn.blogspot.com/ NicklasNN

        That’s the way I like to see it. One C+ or B movie to get paid, give animators/designers jobs, and keep them aloft. One A movie to tell a story, push themselves, and maybe inspire others in the industry.

        It’ll be a shaky transition since Pixar has a long record of quality movies but I’ll gladly skip each Cars 2, knowing that others will see it and support the studio, in favor of each Finding Nemo (or possibly Brave), knowing that those are the movies Pixar really wants to make.

    • http://ryuuseipro.blogspot.com/ John Paul Cassidy

      Right. Pixar can’t win ‘em all. They lost before (CARS), but they got back on track. No doubt BRAVE may be their redeeming point, if nothing else better comes along.

      All things considered, despite the fact that they make lots of money, it seems the CARS franchise is not considered “fine” enough to win an Oscar. Besides, those same people probably hate NASCAR and Southern culture. I find that rather dumb and ironically closed-minded.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/Tigercat919 Michael F.

    1. Probably not.
    2. Doubtful; the Oscars are very closed-minded.
    3. Probably Rango unless the reviews for Tintin are strong.

  • http://www.kicreativestudio.blogspot.com Ki Innis

    As “intolerant” as the the industry is about films sometimes falling beneath expectations, it should be expected. It’s just a rule of nature. It’s gonna happen eventually. It’s good to have a failure once in awhile. Failure sparks learning and growth.

    …..However I’m sure the marketing and sales executives don’t see it that way.

  • Jess

    time to release that pixar white knuckle oscar grip and hand it over to a movie and studio that deserves it. i.e. KFP2/Puss and DreamWorks.

  • Marvin

    The only thing that may be worse than winding up like Bluth in the 1990s would be ending up like Nelvana in the 1980s. It’s a toss-up.

    • Jen

      The worse thing than winding up like bluth in the ’90′s is winding up like bluth at all.

  • NC

    AHHHHHHH!!!! Why didn’t Cars 2 come out last year so The Illusionist and Idiots and Angels could have a chance? So frustrating!

  • Bud

    Cars 2 drove Disney’s consumer product division to new highs this year. Does it make it a good movie? Not.

    But most of the blame has to go to the first “director,” brad lewis and whoever decided he had even one talented or creative bone in his body.

  • http://www.dohtem.com/bugs Greg Method

    The best Pixar can hope for is a nomination for “Cars 2.” There is simply no way it will actually take home an award. There is no amount of technical achievement or “ooh and ahh” visual moments that will make up for the fact that critics never really seemed to like the “Cars” movies. These weren’t meant to be their prestige films; these are meant to get redne–err, Middle America to like the Pixar style. This is Pixar for the Joe Six-Pack families out there.

    I personally never thought it would win. Back when the movie first came out, my brother and I had joked that the movie’s full title is “Cars 2: We Don’t Care if We Don’t Win the Oscar This Year.”

    The studio is more likely to get recognition for “Hawaiian Vacation,” but I’ll play devil’s advocate and say that might not even be a lock only because they might lose points for using established characters as opposed to doing something 100 percent new.

  • Rob T.

    If there’s a frontrunner at this point, it hasn’t been seen by most viewers yet (outside of film festivals, invitation-only insider screenings and the like). So far I’ve seen 8 of the 18 films on the Academy’s animated feature list for this year, and there’s not a genuine classic among them–nothing that vies with, say, Midnight in Paris or The Tree of Life as a potential “best picture” contender. I’d rate Rango, Rio, Kung Fu Panda 2 and Cars 2 as superior entertainment, but no more.

    The irony of the situation is that Pixar itself (with a boost from the Disney company during the “Waking Sleeping Beauty” period) is largely responsible for the higher standards with which discerning viewers evaluate feature animation today. If four animated films as entertaining as the ones mentioned above were released in any given single year between 1970 and 1987, people would have been proclaiming an “animation renaissance.”

    As discouraging as it is for there to be no obviously worthy frontrunner, let alone the two or three that we could all argue over in most recent years, we still have it pretty good as far as animated movies go.

    • Jen

      rango? Really? It was just so bad– and horribly designed.

      • Rob T.

        I don’t want to spend much effort defending a movie that doesn’t merit, IMHO, more than three stars out of a possible five, but I thought Rango was fairly clever, with the western parody being a effective “hook” and the “fish-out-of-water” story being a reliable trope. Besides the design, could you say what you thought was wrong with the movie?

      • Sam

        I don’t think you’re giving Rango enough credit at all. The film does an amazing job with its homages to classic films, implementing them in incredibly clever ways. It has brilliantly executed action sequences which rival the best that CGI-animation has ever produced. Also, the vocal performances are all top notch and the CGI itself is arguably the best ever for animation.

  • Sam

    Rango is clearly the frontrunner, as it was critically well-received and did well at the box office. Every other film has either disappointed commercially and/or didn’t have glowing reviews.

  • Randy

    No, wgan, it’s more like this:

    1 – Cars 2 was a joke.

    2 – Pixar is better than that crappy movie.

    3 – Cars 2 sucked.

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/OriginalGagBonkerss OriginalGagBonkers

    I had a feeling Pixar was going to lose its touch sooner or later, like say in about 7 or maybe 8 years after Toy Story 3. I didn’t except them to lose their touch so quickly after from making a good film (Toy Story 3) to a feature that nearly every film critic hates (Cars II). Then again, if Disney lost its magic than it was bound to happen with Pixar sooner or later.

    In all seriousness, it is for the best that Cars 2 does not enter the awards. For granted. I will admit that I am sick to death of seeing Pixar walk home with an Oscar every single time. You know well enough that they only get the award just because it’s “Pixar”. We have gotten a lot of great-animated features that deserve the award more than a CG animated feature from Pixar. I am aware that there were times that Pixar didn’t win the awards all the time, but I just want to see someone else walk home with the Oscar rather than Pixar. To this day, I’m very disappointed that Secret of the Kells lost to Pixar’s Up. Other than Up not deserving the Oscar, I don’t think Wall-e deserved it either. I would be very happy if Winnie The Pooh, Rango, KP2, or even Puss in Boots wins the Oscar this year other than a Pixar film. If Cars 2 does make its way to the Oscars and wins, you know well enough that Pixar just bribed the people in charge of the awards just to walk home with the prize they don’t deserve.

    I don’t see Pixar getting fixed anytime soon. The Dark Ages has finally crept up onto Pixar. The only thing I can think of that can fix the company is to do the following.

    1. Stop focusing on moneymaker Cars series.
    2. Work on original features over sequels.
    3. Do more hand-drawn animated shorts.
    4. Let women have a chance of directing an animated feature for Pixar(the fact that you fired Brenda Chapman proves your sexist Pixar. Co credit doesn’t cut it for me).

    • snip2354

      Don’t denounce them going downhill yet. They still have the very promising-looking Brave, and two more original concepts in the next 5 years. Unless you’re not as forgiving as me anyway.

    • Rob T.

      I’d amend your number four to “let someone outside the usual circle–someone reasonably talented and competent, of whatever gender, who didn’t work on the original Toy Story or The Iron Giant–direct a Pixar feature.” It’s sobering to realize that only one director who hasn’t been with Pixar since they entered the feature animation business–that would be Brad Bird–has done any features for them. They could really use some new blood, male or female, and trust them long enough to finish directing an entire film.

    • David Mackenzie

      >> “the fact that you fired Brenda Chapman proves your sexist Pixar.”

      Really? How? Can you elaborate?

  • AniCentric

    The critcs were morons, and people are stupid. Cars 2 was a great film. Enough said.

    No one gave it a chance because someone read someone’s else’s stupid whiny criticism of the film that held all the grace, constructivity and dignified tact of an 8-year old pounding out a Youtube comment of “wtf is this”. It caught on like a disease, and everyone started hating the film without seeing it.

    Those that did see it, went into it determined to hate it because everyone else claimed to have hated it, and they didn’t want to be left out of that vicious hate-mob mentality. Cars 2 was the whipping boy of childish, pathetic, hateful, bitter trolls.

    If they would have payed any attention, or didn’t let pre-concieved notions and the majority of spiteful, hateful, ignorant people brainwash them, they would have found a film that was a lot of fun to watch, and very imaginative.

    Pixar builds up this ridiculous stereotype as “those 3D cartoons that make you cry.” There was nothing this film to make people “cry” so they threw it down like a petulant child and declared it “the worst thing evea!!”. Anything less than a perfect film from “the almighty Pixar Gods” made them act like whiny, entitled children over it. “OH MY GOD. A FUN MOVIE WITH THE CARS CHARACTERS AND I DIDN’T CRY ONCE!!! WORST FILM EVER WORST FILM EVER!!! BASH IT KILL IT KILL PIXAR WAHHH!!”

    It honestly makes me angry as to how simple minded people can be and how this film receives some overly negative and hate-filled childish responses that it never deserved to have.

    The critics are wrong. The people are wrong. Cars 2 is still a great movie. I own it. I watched it. I liked it. I’ll watch it again, too.

    Let the hate-filled demons raise their pitch forks and burn their Lightning McQueen effigies like a mindless, revolting, rabid mob. I’ll still take comfort in the fact that I enjoyed this movie properly for what it was. Not for what it wasn’t.

    • http://www.sibsy.blogspot.com Sabrina

      Amen.

    • joe

      Personally, I’ve never cried during a Pixar movie (or ANY movie, really), and I don’t think everything they’ve made is the best stuff ever (Ratatouille, Up, A Bugs Life), and Cars 2 was still a shitty movie.

      Corporate garbage. Made only to sell more toys. At least the first Cars attempts to tell a story and develop it’s characters in an unpretentious way. What was the point of making a second one? Exactly, nothing.

      It was a completely uninspired movie. All of the spy spoofs were things that we’ve seen in COMMERCIALS before. The new characters had little to no personality at all. And it was very boring, not only to me, but also to the kids I was in the same theater with. It was even blander than the original Cars.

      A half-assed spy spoof does not make a good movie.

    • http://www.cartoonbrew.com/pixar/la-times-is-pixar-winning-streak-over.html Chloe

      Honestly, you’re the only one that seems whiny to me. The movie was panned, but for good reasons. It wasn’t up-to-par with other Pixar films. It has nothing to do with whether or not it made me cry. I was one of the few who actually liked (even loved) the first Cars. The characters were likeable, the story had heart, and of course, as always, the animation was spectacular. Aside from the animation, the sequel had none of that. Personally, I think they spent way too much time on the spy theme instead of the actual characters, like they did in the first movie. (How did Mater get mistaken for a spy, anyway?)The friendship theme also felt very forced. If there’s one thing that Pixar does (did) really well it’s tell a great, heartfelt story WITHOUT shoving morals down your throat.
      Whatever. I could go on and on. I just didn’t like the movie.

  • Mike Johnson

    Personally, this is not an issue for me. First, the Academy Awards has never been anything other than a narcissistic circle jerk, and they have more often than not completely disregarded films and performances that were far more deserving of the awards than the actual winners. Secondly, They were cowardly in creating the Best Animated Feature award because Beauty and the Beast scared them into admitting that an animated feature could most certainly win Best Picture, and God forbid the Hollywood elite should allow that to happen. Thirdly, the true reward is in the financial gain of the studio, and CARS 2 has done quite nicely given it’s box office/home video totals thus far.

    Pixar is also not obligated to anyone to hit every ball out of the park. Anyone who seriously expected them to continue their perfect record forever and ever amen needs to adjust their reality filter. I liked CARS 2 just fine, and look forward to BRAVE.

    In the end, the awards just don’t matter to most folks who like movies. Yes, the show can be fun to watch (hello, Billy Crystal!) But I’m not going to go on a three day bender if Pixar doesn’t win.

    Besides, I can go on a three day bender anytime I want to…

    • andreas Wessel-Therhorn

      maybe you shouldn’t comment on things you know little about. the best animated feature award was fought over for years, spearheaded by people like June Foray to give our industry higher visibility and awards consideration and she deserves a lot of credit from animation folks.I’m always amazed and annoyed by people who refer to’the academy’ as if it were one person.It is, in fact, made up of 6000+ members who have been deemed to have contributed to the industry. As in any democratic body, its the majority of votes that decide the winner.I often don’t agree and vote for other pictures, but its the movies and performances that move people most in any given year.

  • Brad Constantine

    Some say this is a bad year for animation. I started animating in the 1980′s when the only two animated movies out were the Black Cauldron and the Care Bears Movie…and the Care Bears Movie beat out Disney at the Box Office.Let’s take a moment and appreciate the fact that there were so many animated films produced last year at all, and thank our lucky stars that there is still plenty of projects to work on, good, and not so good. At this point, I’ll take animation over no animation. As for Motion Capture, I use it often in my work, and I can guarantee that NO shot makes it through the pipeline without someone touching it by hand first. It’s the same as rotoscope…which they used in Pinocchio,Snow White, etc…

  • http://www.eviltender.com cpjalufka

    The Cars franchise is a straightforward concept that feels to have been created for the simple purpose of entertaining the widest swath of America as possible. It’s not there to tug at heart strings or say big things, but to keep the kids laughing, buying toys, and visiting theme parks.

    I’m not a fan of Cars, but I’m the audience for it either. I don’t think Cars 2 marks the downfall of Pixar, but it does make obvious the fact that they want to make a ton of cash, which all companies do, but Pixar has never been so blatant about the cash grab.

    The Brave looks amazing and I’m hopeful that it will bring back the unique voice that the Pixar brand is known for.

    And God no, please, do not make Cars 3.

  • Mike Russo

    Wow. So the world ends and Pixar is over and done just because one movie (which was still incredibly financially successful) doesn’t win some silly Oscar? They took Best Animated Picture Oscars home four years in a row. Pixar isn’t doomed just because one film gets bad reviews.

    • Mike

      Agreed.

      And if the teaser for “Brave” is any indication, it looks like Pixar will be back in top form next year.

  • Matt Sullivan

    Who cares. I’ve always thought the Best Animated Film Oscar was insulting to all of us. It basically says ‘You don’t make REAL films, but we have to acknowledge your existence, so here, have some piddly little token category”

  • Matt Sullivan

    Another thing, ignore the gripers. Sour grapes you know. For example they keep whining about My Little Pony, but that doesn’t stop it from being the most popular cartoon at the moment ( if the internet fans are any indication )

    • James Mason

      They aren’t

  • Mic

    I like Cars2.

    I hated it when I saw the trailer.
    Then I went to see it and I enjoyed it.
    Actually, I think it’s a fun film.

    I dare say that I prefer it to the second half of Wall-E and the second half of UP.

    Is it deserved to be made in the first place? NO.
    Is it the best animated film of the film? NO.

    But come on, the film is NOT that bad!

  • Mic

    Oh… I do agree though…
    that OSCAR is a joke.

  • Anthony

    Pixar’s Winning Streak is nowhere near over. The whole Car’s franchise is their mass market product. it gives kids what they want, and brings in a solid monetary return for the studio. Was it a great film? No. But, I have seen worse. And, it still grossed over Half of a Billion Dollars worldwide in Ticket Sales. That doesn’t include the after market products like DVD sales or consumer merchandising. The ticket sales alone will be able to fund at least 1 or two more films like Brave or Wall-E, which quite frankly, if you look at the slate for the next few years (disregarding MU), their whole lineup is more Original Stories.

    So No, I don’t think there is anything to worry about from Pixar. They play it smart both financially and artistically, and deliver the necessary product to continue to meet those two objectives.

  • Randy

    Oh, yes, it WAS that bad.

  • Dario

    I only hope John Lasseter quits with this Cars crap. It’s the worst from Pixar. I can’t stand it anymore. The art and the animation is amazing, but the plot and the characters are so lame. I always feel there’s someone talking and cars moving, I can’t relate the voices to the characters. I don’t understand that obsession, besides the obsession of making easy money.

  • MissConception

    Hollywood is so watered down nowadays that you really have to take everything they do with a grain of salt. Sure you have a handful of people trying to push the boundaries and actually want to make something of value, but they are few and far between in the endless cesspool that is Hollywood.

    The Oscars have no meaning to those of us down here on earth. They are strictly meant for elitists with their heads in the clouds. Cars 2 proved that John Lassetor has been swallowed by this world and is no longer “one of us.” He sold out just like every other big name producer and director.

  • R. Araya

    It clearly wasn’t as great as other Pixar movies, but let’s face it. People are not as amused by “seeing inanimate objects come to life” as in 1995. Now with this of the “indestructible” 3-D craze, more movie-goers want to see more “realism”.

  • Jorgen Klubien

    I Loved “RIO”!

  • OtherDan

    Puss in Boots, Cars2, KFP2, Rango, Rio….I’d call it a draw-they’re all about equal. And, none of them resonated.

  • http://www.MouseTracksOnline.com Greg Ehrbar

    Crying means Oscars?
    Charlotte’s Web didn’t get any Oscar nominations at all — not even for the score — but I still get verklempt at the end. And I always set spiders free outside the house rather than squish them. Can’t help it — one of them could be quietly whispering a Sherman Brother song.