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John Lasseter returning to get Cars 2 back on track by co-directing

Jun. 24, 2010by:

Pixar fans will undoubtedly know John Lasseter, the man who directed the first two TOY STORY adventures and A BUG’S LIFE. But when he left to be Chief Creative Officer at Disney, his involvement with Pixar lessened considerably. But what’s brought him back?

Well, CARS 2 apparently has a few “story issues” that first-time director Brad Lewis can’t quite sort out. Reportedly, this kind of thing is quite common on Pixar projects, but as has been proven, it always works out in the end, and this really shouldn’t be cause for concern.

What we know so far about the story of CARS 2 is that there’s some sort of secret agent car named Finn McMissile who will be integral to the plot (if you looked closely, you could see a poster of him in Andy’s room during TOY STORY 3).

I trust that Lasseter will be able to work things out, but I do have to say, I wish Pixar was doing another original project rather than a CARS sequel. Out of every Pixar movie I’ve seen, that’s without a doubt my least favorite, as I thought the pace was crawling for a movie about race cars (the titular character spent 70% of the movie chained to a giant sludge machine), and hopefully they would correct that for the sequel.

Extra Tidbit: It's one of the only Pixar movies that entertained kids, but didn't really work on an adult level.
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7:16AM on 06/25/2010

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CARS sucked balls. It was, by a long shot, PIXAR's worst movie. Let's see Incredibles 2 or something new instead.
CARS sucked balls. It was, by a long shot, PIXAR's worst movie. Let's see Incredibles 2 or something new instead.
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3:38AM on 06/25/2010
this sounds great. I'm glad John is coming onboard! Cars was my least favorite too, but it was still a good movie! Out of all the pixar films I'd love to see an Incredibles 2 and Monsters Inc 2!
this sounds great. I'm glad John is coming onboard! Cars was my least favorite too, but it was still a good movie! Out of all the pixar films I'd love to see an Incredibles 2 and Monsters Inc 2!
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12:31AM on 06/25/2010
UP had a great opening sequence, absolutely fantastic film making. It also had Kevin and Dug... and an old guy and some irritating kid. Other than that I didn't find anything else memorable. Then again other than the marvelous Ratatouille and the first half hour of Wall-E I haven't really enjoyed Pixar's films since the laborious, but visually gorgeous, Finding Nemo (I'll wait for Toy Story 3 on Blu-Ray).

I'd rent this though, CARS was fun for what it was, but does it really need a sequel?
UP had a great opening sequence, absolutely fantastic film making. It also had Kevin and Dug... and an old guy and some irritating kid. Other than that I didn't find anything else memorable. Then again other than the marvelous Ratatouille and the first half hour of Wall-E I haven't really enjoyed Pixar's films since the laborious, but visually gorgeous, Finding Nemo (I'll wait for Toy Story 3 on Blu-Ray).

I'd rent this though, CARS was fun for what it was, but does it really need a sequel? If they're gonna make a sequel then they really should look at INCREDIBLES 2...
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5:22AM on 06/25/2010
Laborious? Nemo? Geez... It must be a laugh a minute round your place....
Laborious? Nemo? Geez... It must be a laugh a minute round your place....
8:48PM on 06/24/2010

I know I'll get a lot of shit for this, but...

Up is totally the weakest Pixar movie. The opening aside, (which coulda won an Oscar in it's own right) the rest of the movie falls flat and was way too kiddy. Cars, on the other hand is excellent as a nostalgia flick, in a very similar way to, say, The Last Picture Show. The characters were relate-able and fun. I'm personally excited for this film. Cars is one of my lil bro's favorite movies, and I'm a fan too.
Up is totally the weakest Pixar movie. The opening aside, (which coulda won an Oscar in it's own right) the rest of the movie falls flat and was way too kiddy. Cars, on the other hand is excellent as a nostalgia flick, in a very similar way to, say, The Last Picture Show. The characters were relate-able and fun. I'm personally excited for this film. Cars is one of my lil bro's favorite movies, and I'm a fan too.
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7:55PM on 06/24/2010
tht extra tibit was spot on. a kid i know went ape shit over it at the time
tht extra tibit was spot on. a kid i know went ape shit over it at the time
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6:54PM on 06/24/2010

Straight to video I presume

If you guys have seen the documentary "The Pixar Story". Then you probably are thinking, "Wow, did they really try to do a straight to DVD approach and fail and have Lasseter come save it again!?!?!"

Because that' what it seems like. Although, I know they never make straight to DVD stuff, but for Cars they totally did. They made alot of money off of the merchandise for the movie.
If you guys have seen the documentary "The Pixar Story". Then you probably are thinking, "Wow, did they really try to do a straight to DVD approach and fail and have Lasseter come save it again!?!?!"

Because that' what it seems like. Although, I know they never make straight to DVD stuff, but for Cars they totally did. They made alot of money off of the merchandise for the movie.
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5:24AM on 06/25/2010
Pixar have NEVER even contemplated this. Disney wanted to do a straight to video release of Toy Story 3 and Pixar went bat-shit!
Pixar have NEVER even contemplated this. Disney wanted to do a straight to video release of Toy Story 3 and Pixar went bat-shit!
11:59AM on 06/25/2010
Pixar DID almost do Toy Story 2 as a straight to DVD but they felt the story was strong enough to make it a feature film and revamped it to feature length standards.
Pixar DID almost do Toy Story 2 as a straight to DVD but they felt the story was strong enough to make it a feature film and revamped it to feature length standards.
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5:47PM on 06/24/2010

Wasn't a fan of the first movie.

My least favorite Pixar movie.
My least favorite Pixar movie.
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5:04PM on 06/24/2010
I still don't see the need for a CARS sequel, if anyting they should do a sequel to The Incredibles.
I still don't see the need for a CARS sequel, if anyting they should do a sequel to The Incredibles.
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4:56PM on 06/24/2010

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I like the idea of a Cars 2 (rather have an Incredibles 2) but the thing i always liked most about Pixar is each new movie was a whole new world to discover and a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. Don't get me wrong, i loved Toy Story 3 as much as it could be loved, but what i missed was the feeling of something completely new that Pixar is always so great at delivering. Since Toy Story 2, each Pixar movie has been completly different and fresh and that, for me was always
I like the idea of a Cars 2 (rather have an Incredibles 2) but the thing i always liked most about Pixar is each new movie was a whole new world to discover and a whole new cast of characters to fall in love with. Don't get me wrong, i loved Toy Story 3 as much as it could be loved, but what i missed was the feeling of something completely new that Pixar is always so great at delivering. Since Toy Story 2, each Pixar movie has been completly different and fresh and that, for me was always something to look forward to. Now, with Cars 2 on the horizon, i already know the characters and have seen the universe before. I just hope that they deliver as good a sequal as TS3.
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3:49PM on 06/24/2010
double post
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3:44PM on 06/24/2010
A Bug's Life was sort of Pixar branching out from Toy Story and finding their creative groove. For only their second movie, it was pretty good. IMO Pixar should really reconsider this path they're taking with so many sequels and movies like Tangled. I truly want them to make good movies, but sorry to say, the news coming out lately has been kind of disappointing.
A Bug's Life was sort of Pixar branching out from Toy Story and finding their creative groove. For only their second movie, it was pretty good. IMO Pixar should really reconsider this path they're taking with so many sequels and movies like Tangled. I truly want them to make good movies, but sorry to say, the news coming out lately has been kind of disappointing.
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4:34PM on 06/24/2010
Tangled is not a Pixar movie.
Tangled is not a Pixar movie.
2:35PM on 06/24/2010
Bug's Life is the worst Pixar movie in my opinion, worst than Cars.
Bug's Life is the worst Pixar movie in my opinion, worst than Cars.
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2:18PM on 06/24/2010
i guess im the odd man out here lol, i love cars! i think the incredibles was their worst but still good.
i guess im the odd man out here lol, i love cars! i think the incredibles was their worst but still good.
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4:39PM on 06/24/2010
That makes 2 of us. Cars was an awesome movie I thought. I dismissed it when it was in theaters but caught it on DVD and was really surprised. Incredibles was a fun movie and really good but I also think it was probably their weakest. Pixar is 11 for 11 in my book. Still not one failure.
That makes 2 of us. Cars was an awesome movie I thought. I dismissed it when it was in theaters but caught it on DVD and was really surprised. Incredibles was a fun movie and really good but I also think it was probably their weakest. Pixar is 11 for 11 in my book. Still not one failure.
2:17PM on 06/24/2010
This won't be a bad movie, it won't be there best (I'm guessing). Pixar will make a lot of money off this movie, and it will still be high quality.

No reason to be upset about it. Just ups my anticipation for the next "original" Pixar story.
This won't be a bad movie, it won't be there best (I'm guessing). Pixar will make a lot of money off this movie, and it will still be high quality.

No reason to be upset about it. Just ups my anticipation for the next "original" Pixar story.
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1:56PM on 06/24/2010
I agree with Cigarette Burn.. they still have an entire aisle of Cars toys in most Walmarts and Toys R' Us'. Kids will eat this up and I'm sure they'll add in the adult elements. As much as Cars was the worst of Pixar's movies.. it was still 100 times better then most animated drivel.

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I agree with Cigarette Burn.. they still have an entire aisle of Cars toys in most Walmarts and Toys R' Us'. Kids will eat this up and I'm sure they'll add in the adult elements. As much as Cars was the worst of Pixar's movies.. it was still 100 times better then most animated drivel.

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3:49PM on 06/24/2010
what's up? i'm not one to turn down a conversation. i don't believe that cars is their most profitable movie by a long shot. besides, what kind of criteria is that? even if cars had an ok story, it really was pretty self-contained.
what's up? i'm not one to turn down a conversation. i don't believe that cars is their most profitable movie by a long shot. besides, what kind of criteria is that? even if cars had an ok story, it really was pretty self-contained.
2:08AM on 06/25/2010
I'm fucking with you Miguelito... I'm just playin on the fact that you love Dreamworks and hate Pixar.. I don't really care lol.
I'm fucking with you Miguelito... I'm just playin on the fact that you love Dreamworks and hate Pixar.. I don't really care lol.
1:50PM on 06/24/2010

The reason they're making a sequel...


... is because, through merchandising, CARS is Pixar's most profitable movie.

If making a sequel allows them to keep churning out original stories, I'm happy to let it slide.

Besides, children absolutely love CARS, let them have another one. We're getting MONSTERS INC. 2 in 2012, so we're even.

... is because, through merchandising, CARS is Pixar's most profitable movie.

If making a sequel allows them to keep churning out original stories, I'm happy to let it slide.

Besides, children absolutely love CARS, let them have another one. We're getting MONSTERS INC. 2 in 2012, so we're even.
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1:09AM on 06/25/2010
wait.....WHAT?! they making a sequel for Cars AND Monsters Inc but no The Incredibles movies? seriously? personally i enjoy all of Pixar movie with probably the exception of Ratatoille(sp?) i know ill get a lot of flack for that especially since it was directed by Brad Bird...but i dont know..i just dont feel i really connected with the movie...
wait.....WHAT?! they making a sequel for Cars AND Monsters Inc but no The Incredibles movies? seriously? personally i enjoy all of Pixar movie with probably the exception of Ratatoille(sp?) i know ill get a lot of flack for that especially since it was directed by Brad Bird...but i dont know..i just dont feel i really connected with the movie...
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1:46PM on 06/24/2010
Cars wasn't that bad. I saw it a couple days ago when I never wanted to give it a chance and was surprised I enjoyed it. But thats the problem, with Pixar films I usually LOVE them. Cars was just a good way to kill 2 hours. Hopefully Lasseter adds some useful insight
Cars wasn't that bad. I saw it a couple days ago when I never wanted to give it a chance and was surprised I enjoyed it. But thats the problem, with Pixar films I usually LOVE them. Cars was just a good way to kill 2 hours. Hopefully Lasseter adds some useful insight
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1:28PM on 06/24/2010

I'm going to say "positive" because

it's Pixar and their other sequels have been better than the original movie (Toy Story 3, anyone?). Cars was a 'B' level movie from a studio that usually puts in 'A' level work, maybe because it was the last film under the original contract and Pixar was pissed at Michael Eisner. I wouldn't be surprised if Cars 2 blows away a lot of people.
it's Pixar and their other sequels have been better than the original movie (Toy Story 3, anyone?). Cars was a 'B' level movie from a studio that usually puts in 'A' level work, maybe because it was the last film under the original contract and Pixar was pissed at Michael Eisner. I wouldn't be surprised if Cars 2 blows away a lot of people.
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1:16PM on 06/24/2010
Cant believe Im saying this about a Pixar movie but.... May this project die
Cant believe Im saying this about a Pixar movie but.... May this project die
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1:00PM on 06/24/2010
When will people learn to stop doubting Pixar? Whenever an article comes up about Cars 2 everyone bitches about the same thing, "Wheres my Incredibles 2?" or, "Cars was their weakest film." I understand that there is a superhero obsession in the film industry right now and maybe that is why everyone wants another Incredibles or even why they loved the first one. Incredibles was a good movie but I would not rank it better than Cars in my own opinion. Cars had a better message and better story. I
When will people learn to stop doubting Pixar? Whenever an article comes up about Cars 2 everyone bitches about the same thing, "Wheres my Incredibles 2?" or, "Cars was their weakest film." I understand that there is a superhero obsession in the film industry right now and maybe that is why everyone wants another Incredibles or even why they loved the first one. Incredibles was a good movie but I would not rank it better than Cars in my own opinion. Cars had a better message and better story. I also thought the characters were more entertaining and even though I can't stand Larry the Cable Guy, Pixar makes him tolerable. Please read BrokenDreamer's post below because I think he does a good summary for what Cars is about. Also, I really don't think Pixar would go forward with this if they weren't sure it would be great. Bring on Cars 2.
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12:12PM on 06/24/2010

Cars is kids only

There was just something about Cars that didn't work for me at all, but all of my friends were crazy for it. And little kids are obviously crazy for it too. I just don't understand how Tow-Mater is even remotely funny, which is the big seller for all my friends my age. Makes me questions my friends' average IQ... Cars is my least favorite Pixar movie of all-time. And I'm not interested in this sequel at all...
There was just something about Cars that didn't work for me at all, but all of my friends were crazy for it. And little kids are obviously crazy for it too. I just don't understand how Tow-Mater is even remotely funny, which is the big seller for all my friends my age. Makes me questions my friends' average IQ... Cars is my least favorite Pixar movie of all-time. And I'm not interested in this sequel at all...
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11:10AM on 06/24/2010
Im really disappointed that Pixar would make such a blatant financial movie; this is low point in the studios history, this might be the impending failure the studio has avoided thus far.
Im really disappointed that Pixar would make such a blatant financial movie; this is low point in the studios history, this might be the impending failure the studio has avoided thus far.
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10:20AM on 06/24/2010
Cars is probably my least favorite Pixar film, so this sequel doesn't have me too excited. But perhaps Lasseter's involvement will make this film turn out better, will see.
Cars is probably my least favorite Pixar film, so this sequel doesn't have me too excited. But perhaps Lasseter's involvement will make this film turn out better, will see.
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9:58AM on 06/24/2010

Agreed Jig Saw...

Especially when up until TS3, "The Incredibles" had the highest grossing weekend for Pixar ever and it was universally loved.

I also want an "Incredibles" sequel...now more than ever!
Especially when up until TS3, "The Incredibles" had the highest grossing weekend for Pixar ever and it was universally loved.

I also want an "Incredibles" sequel...now more than ever!
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12:13PM on 06/24/2010
I'm wayyyy more into the possibility of an Incredibles 2, bring it on!
I'm wayyyy more into the possibility of an Incredibles 2, bring it on!
9:57AM on 06/24/2010
The movie was about slowing down and appreciating life. Part of the point of the film is that Lightning McQueen is a fast car who is selfish and prefers the fast life, but Radiator Springs forces him to slow down. The pace of the film is consistent with the themes of the movie. It is about a racecar, but it is about him slowing down and that is what happens in the film. I personally quite enjoy this film and think the pace of the film is true to the story. A lot people seem to like fast
The movie was about slowing down and appreciating life. Part of the point of the film is that Lightning McQueen is a fast car who is selfish and prefers the fast life, but Radiator Springs forces him to slow down. The pace of the film is consistent with the themes of the movie. It is about a racecar, but it is about him slowing down and that is what happens in the film. I personally quite enjoy this film and think the pace of the film is true to the story. A lot people seem to like fast moving movies, but the film itself encourages us to sit back and enjoy the view, so I would expect the film to follow that lead.
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1:04PM on 06/24/2010
Finally, someone who got the message of Cars.
Finally, someone who got the message of Cars.
9:49AM on 06/24/2010

Where's my Incredibles sequel!!!

They're wasting their time making a sequel to the weakest Pixar film when they could be making a sequel to one of the best!
They're wasting their time making a sequel to the weakest Pixar film when they could be making a sequel to one of the best!
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10:04AM on 06/24/2010
I don't think The Incredibles is there best film. In fact, considering the complaints Cars gets for its pacing, I'm surprised Incredibles doesn't get the same complaints. It has long stretches that can be very boring between all the action.

But Brad Bird is working on Mission: Impossible 4, so he won't be able to make The Incredibles 2, and I don't see why anyone would want a different director. It could happen, but I'd rather wait until Brad is ready.

As for Cars 2, I liked Cars and even
I don't think The Incredibles is there best film. In fact, considering the complaints Cars gets for its pacing, I'm surprised Incredibles doesn't get the same complaints. It has long stretches that can be very boring between all the action.

But Brad Bird is working on Mission: Impossible 4, so he won't be able to make The Incredibles 2, and I don't see why anyone would want a different director. It could happen, but I'd rather wait until Brad is ready.

As for Cars 2, I liked Cars and even if you think it's Pixar's weakest film, at least Pixar has a chance to redeem itself. Besides, John Lasseter had a story for a sequel, so that is why it is being made. Pixar makes sequels when they have good stories for the characters. They don't have a story for The Incredibles 2 yet. It could happen someday, but I don't want them to make it without Brad Bird's input.
11:35AM on 06/24/2010
I agree, I find it odd that the Incredibles is so popular and demanding of a sequel? While I understand the ending was somewhat open, I think now, after TS3, no more sequels are necessary (and as much as I love it, Monsters Inc 2 isn't needed either). Wonder what happened to 'Newt'?
I agree, I find it odd that the Incredibles is so popular and demanding of a sequel? While I understand the ending was somewhat open, I think now, after TS3, no more sequels are necessary (and as much as I love it, Monsters Inc 2 isn't needed either). Wonder what happened to 'Newt'?
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