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Cars 2 stalls, pushed back to December 2011

02.10.2010by:

UPDATE - Coming Soon has confirmed that CARS 2 has NOT moved and is still set for a June 24, 2011 release. Happy happy, joy joy.

I'm hardly a "Pixar fanboy" (I'm more just a "good movie fanboy") but I have enjoyed almost all of Pixar's entries. I say "almost all" because I did have a hard time really connecting with CARS. It was okaaay but it certainly wasn't a great movie and certainly wasn't something I thought ever deserved a sequel. But when the director of your film is also the Chief Creative Officer at Disney, you tend to get a little leeway.

I don't want to insinuate that CARS 2 was greenlit simply because of Lasseter's status at Disney/Pixar - the movie was a huge hit financially (it's one of the few Pixar films that has really cleaned up in the toy market). I understand the decision from a business point-of-view but it's just the least interested I've been in a Pixar film in a long time. I guess the good news that they're taking their time to make sure it won't just be a boring retread of the first film.

CARS 2 was originally announced with a 2012 date but was moved up to June, 2011. Turns out that might have been too ambitious. Pixar has pushed the film back to December, 2011 the first time a Pixar film has been released outside of the summer since 2004's THE INCREDIBLES. But the new CARS date would conflict with THE BEAR AND THE BOW, which was already scheduled for a 2011 date. Will that be ready earlier or will it be pushed back to 2012. And a delay to 2012 could impact that year's film NEWT... Stay tuned as it all shakes out.

Extra Tidbit: The new TOY STORY 3 trailer will be online tomorrow and it's awesome.
Source: Slashfilm

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6:48PM on 02/10/2010

CARS 2

Cars is my least favorite Pixar film and a sequel to it seems unnecessary.
Cars is my least favorite Pixar film and a sequel to it seems unnecessary.
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5:28PM on 02/10/2010
I do agree that Cars was the weakest of the Pixar movies. Not really worthy of a sequel.
I do agree that Cars was the weakest of the Pixar movies. Not really worthy of a sequel.
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1:36PM on 02/10/2010
Cars was by far the weakest of the pixar movies, and it shows in the reviews/audience reaction. Most people you talk to about Pixar movies would agree.. so how is it getting a sequel over The Incredibles?
Cars was by far the weakest of the pixar movies, and it shows in the reviews/audience reaction. Most people you talk to about Pixar movies would agree.. so how is it getting a sequel over The Incredibles?
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3:12PM on 02/10/2010
I thought Cars had a better story and better characters than the Incredibles. The Incredibles was a fun action film but it didn't have the heart like Cars had. I think most people are just put off by Cars because it is awkward seeing automobiles talking and stuff and it sort of has a redneck undertone to it because of the Nascar thing going on in the movie.
I thought Cars had a better story and better characters than the Incredibles. The Incredibles was a fun action film but it didn't have the heart like Cars had. I think most people are just put off by Cars because it is awkward seeing automobiles talking and stuff and it sort of has a redneck undertone to it because of the Nascar thing going on in the movie.
6:13PM on 02/10/2010
You must be kidding Brer Bila. The Incredibles has an epic exciting story while Cars was a hypocritical, preachy, and very weak installment by Pixar. And no it's not disliked because it features talking cars.
You must be kidding Brer Bila. The Incredibles has an epic exciting story while Cars was a hypocritical, preachy, and very weak installment by Pixar. And no it's not disliked because it features talking cars.
6:34PM on 02/10/2010
Hey I'm not disputing how good Incredibles is. It may have been a bit preachy but hypocritical I don't understand. I'm hoping you can expand on that. In all honesty, I didn't think I was going to like Cars at all especially because I can't stand Larry the Cable Guy but I was pleasantly surprised. I would agree though that an Incredibles sequel makes more sense even though I liked Cars better.
Hey I'm not disputing how good Incredibles is. It may have been a bit preachy but hypocritical I don't understand. I'm hoping you can expand on that. In all honesty, I didn't think I was going to like Cars at all especially because I can't stand Larry the Cable Guy but I was pleasantly surprised. I would agree though that an Incredibles sequel makes more sense even though I liked Cars better.
1:02PM on 02/10/2010
I still haven't seen the original Cars, but everyone keeps saying it's only mediocre, so I don't really have any desire to.
I still haven't seen the original Cars, but everyone keeps saying it's only mediocre, so I don't really have any desire to.
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12:46PM on 02/10/2010
it appears Cars and Avatar have the same dissenter on this panel. Cars was for kids. Avatar was for a general audience. Both were good - just not going to give you a Deer Hunter Russian Roulette scene and both are going to have sequels.
it appears Cars and Avatar have the same dissenter on this panel. Cars was for kids. Avatar was for a general audience. Both were good - just not going to give you a Deer Hunter Russian Roulette scene and both are going to have sequels.
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12:19PM on 02/10/2010
I liked Cars a lot. I didn't think I would but it was actually a good funny movie. Watching the special features I wanted to go on a road trip.
I liked Cars a lot. I didn't think I would but it was actually a good funny movie. Watching the special features I wanted to go on a road trip.
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11:25AM on 02/10/2010

CORRECTION!

Correction: Bog Iger was misquoted in the transcript from yesterday's call. He said "the summer of 2011" instead of "December of 2011." The release date for Cars 2 is still June 24, 2011.

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Correction: Bog Iger was misquoted in the transcript from yesterday's call. He said "the summer of 2011" instead of "December of 2011." The release date for Cars 2 is still June 24, 2011.

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11:22AM on 02/10/2010

I have to agree..

I caught Cars in a dollar theatre before it was even released back home and was so excited purely because Lasseter's name was attached(Toy Story 2 is easily one of my all time favourite movies) but man, was I let down.
I don't think I've ever fallen asleep that many times in a cinema since 'The Grinch'.

Hell, I'd take a Bugs Life sequel over this.
I caught Cars in a dollar theatre before it was even released back home and was so excited purely because Lasseter's name was attached(Toy Story 2 is easily one of my all time favourite movies) but man, was I let down.
I don't think I've ever fallen asleep that many times in a cinema since 'The Grinch'.

Hell, I'd take a Bugs Life sequel over this.
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11:04AM on 02/10/2010
cars wasnt the best movie to watch on first viewing. but get better every time. so im down with this.
cars wasnt the best movie to watch on first viewing. but get better every time. so im down with this.
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10:02AM on 02/10/2010
Aw crap, a CARS sequel? That movie sucked. It's the only movie from Pixar that succeeded in sucking. Count me out.
Aw crap, a CARS sequel? That movie sucked. It's the only movie from Pixar that succeeded in sucking. Count me out.
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9:48AM on 02/10/2010
sweet.
sweet.
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