Lightning McQueen returns to Radiator Springs to see his friends, but is soon drawn into another race… and Mater is hired by British spies who think that he’s also a spy. The first film is not one of Pixar’s strongest assets creatively, but turned into an extraordinary hit among kids. Unfortunately, the sequel became the studio’s first to draw bad reviews. As handsomely designed (in 3D this time) as expected, but unnecessarily drawn out and overplotted, with not enough humor, charm or suspense to sustain it.
2011-U.S. Animated. 113 min. Color. Widescreen. Directed by John Lasseter. Voices of Owen Wilson (Lightning McQueen), Larry the Cable Guy (Mater), Michael Caine (Finn McMissile), Emily Mortimer, Eddie Izzard, John Turturro… Joe Mantegna, Bonnie Hunt, Franco Nero, Vanessa Redgrave, Tony Shalhoub, Jason Isaacs, Cheech Marin, John Ratzenberger.
Trivia: Followed by Cars 3 (2017).