Disney EchoEar Grand Mouseter
Joined: April 1992
||Posted: Oct. 21, 2010, 6:31 pm
While "Cars" may not have been everyone's favorite Pixar movie, it turned a handsome profit at the box office but it's biggest plus for Disney is that the movie "fueled" logoed merchandising sales, big time. And probably kicked Disney in the rear end that boys were an underserved audience and underserved mareting demographic vs. Princesses, Pooh, girls, etc. That there is a "Cars 2" shows there is either demand for a movie sequel or demand to keep the merchandising for that franchise going, or both, or both plus start "driving" Disney's new trend to start giving boys something to look forward to at the box office, home videos, and merchandise and parents an excuse (as if they needed any) to spend Disney discretionary money on their sons.
I liked "Cars" but my favorite Pixar films would be "Ratatouille" and "Wall-E" and some others. I liked Pixar celebrating the West and Route 66, the music they chose, and that they had the presence of mind to get the late Paul Newman as a voice actor, I loved that homage to Newman.
So I do look forward to "Cars 2" with happiness to see what the finished product is. I never worry about Pixar projects. They have such a brilliant overall track record of excellence dating back to "Toy Story" in 1995.
The problem with any kind of sequel if the first movie is a hit: How do you extend the story and characters without doing more of the same? Pixar's been lucky with the three "Toy Story" movies being such huge hits. I don't know how Pixar's going to do better than the original "Cars", or later with "Monsters Inc. 2". Maybe Disney's insatiable appetite for merchandising tie-ins and keeping successful franchises going 'til they get run into the ground (remember oversaturation of truly great movies such as "Winnie the Pooh" and "The Lion King" and "Lilo & Stitch" among others into direct-to-video sequels and merchandising?) maybe ought to be re-examined a bit.
But I do look forward to "Cars 2". Comedian Larry the Cable Guy I think resonates with a lot of people, he voiced Mater the truck and he has such a warm, gravelly, but friendly and positive voice. Voicing blue collar and Southern-type voices I think reaches people very well. "Git 'er done!"
I have a feeling with the country's mood being tested in November 2010 at the polls the rise of "common folk" as those who are the backbone of the working people in the US will be celebrated, in part, by Mater in "Cars 2". Pixar has this knack of anticipating the mood and direction and emotions of audiences years in advance and knows how to tap into that intuitive hunch, and Pixar manages to hit pay dirt every time. Think about "Joe the Plumber" in the 2008 Presidential campaign. Larry the Cable Guy, the character of Mater the truck, and "Cars 2" in 2011..... It will work! I have faith! Trust Pixar! They are uncanny! You will see!