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Posted: Feb. 05, 2011, 3:08 pm Quote

You can watch sneak peeks of the 2011 Super Bowl commercials now, go to the link, scroll down, click on obvious hot links:

http://superbowl-ads.com/article_archive/

The website is still adding sneak peek links and listings.  So more commercials and their possible placement in the game, pre-game or post-game will be added, so just keep checking.

No listing for Disney-Pixar's "Cars 2" commercial yet.  Likely it'll be added sometime soon.

But "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" 60-second commercial will air in the third quarter of the game.  A Sneak Peek here (clue: What's in the Sneak Peek is pretty much what's already in the latest trailer online, so nothing new, but then again the Sneak Peak is a quarter of the length of the commercial and not the whole commercial….)

http://superbowl-ads.com/article....ak-peek

Several competing family movie commercials, too, including two for Paramount': CGI "Rango" (starring Johnny Depp), and CGI "Kung Fu Panda 2".

If you skip or miss the game you can simply come to this website link above and watch the commercials at your leisure starting February 7.  There's usually at least one or more websites that do this service for Super Bowl commercials fans.  Saves time. ;)

You can see the famous "I'm going to Disney World (or Disneyland)!" Disney theme parks promotion commercial starting likely in the first hour, or could be delayed to the second hour, of "Good Morning America" on your local ABC TV station Monday morning, Feb.7.  Check your TV listings, tell your recording devices and DVR.
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We will be on the Disney Dream on June 26th so I hope they will be showing it!

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Posted: Feb. 07, 2011, 6:31 am Quote

No super Bowl ad after all....  Disney might have changed it's mind and wanted to give "Mars Needs Moms" more exposure, which opens in March.  Oh well....  we already know "Cars 2" is out there for June!
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Posted: May 21, 2011, 10:52 am Quote

New "Cars 2" trailer playing in front of "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" in theaters now.

http://collider.com/cars-2-movie-trailer/86128/
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Posted: June 14, 2011, 10:26 am Quote

Not quoting it but providing the link, "Cars 2" merchandise sales are expected to eclipse toy sales themed to last year's Pixar hit "Toy Story 3".  Are any of us Disney-Pixar fans surprised by this, really?

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20110610-706277.html

When movie critics and fans list their favorite Pixar movies, they usually don't rate "Cars" as highly on these lists.  Yet it made tons of money, was typically high quality Pixar..... and one of the true reasons Pixar decided to sequelize it:  Merchandise sales of "Cars" stuff were huge!

With Disney's new emphasis on appealing to boys with characters, stories...and merchandise...that appeal to their more action oriented and building with hands-hand manipulation of toys senses as males we shouldn't be too surprised that anything logoed to the "Cars" franchise, toys to bedsheets, is gonna be going on.  That it might be topping "Toy Story 3", well, let the retailing begin, and the consumers will decide!  

One mitigating factor:  The economy, rising costs of gasoline and food.  Any movie merchandise has to be priced right and affordably so it doesn't sit on shelves, but moves and moves.  Beep-beep!

Hot Wheels loving boys and children, NASCAR or Indy 500 loving families...  Head to see "Cars 2" June 24!

Disney VISA credit card members with Chase:  Be sure in this economy you consider using accumulated points to spend on Movie Rewards Checks and see "Cars 2" at participating theaters for free or cheap (not at all theaters, only participating ones) and buying "Cars 2" themed toys for cheaper buy buying Toys Rewards Checks.  See the Disney Rewards website for how to transfer points to your Rewards Card then in turn transferring those points to Movie Checks and Toy Checks that you take to participating movie theaters and toy stores to get a major cost off-set or at the movies see it for free or close to free.  Also: There are Checks for video-computer games for "Cars 2" themed games to take to participating retailers for that, too.  It takes a week or so +/- for the Checks to be snail-mailed US Mailed to your home address, so consider transferring the points now and acquiring the Checks via online ordering or phone ordering now so the Checks arrive in time for the June 24 opening of the movie and going to stores to buy things.



Meanwhile over at RottenTomatoes.comm nothing much is going on yet re: "Cars 2" advance reviews or scores.  Here's the link to the page over there:

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars_2/

All there is so far is that 91% of RT.com members want to see "Cars 2".

Pixar's movies and movie trailers and promotions are always a little challenging.  Intellectually one knows Pixar is on a winning creative and box office streak since 1995's "Toy Story" of excellence in filmmaking as well as films that consistently are well reviewed and make money domestically and worldwide.  Intellectually you know deep down Pixar is a proven "brand" you can trust.  But each film is a leap of faith.  Pixar just has an inner peace doing it's own thing and inviting audiences along, no box office formulas or gimmicks like other films do.  And when you actually buy a ticket and look it's like "WOW!"  While some subjects and themes are more popular and appealing than others, and "Cars" might not appeal to everyone, you can't deny Pixar has an outstanding and very consistent record.  

Trust. Trust. Trust.  

Err on the side of buying a ticket to "Cars 2".  Trailers and TV commercials don't always tell the full amazing stories, characters, emotions that Pixar's movies end up telling.  And with funny comedian Larry the Cable Guy back as the voice Tow Mater the tow truck, you can bank on it to be funny.  It's a good bet that with such poignant and sophisticated films as "Wall-E" "Up" "Toy Story 3" and more behind it, "Cars 2" will have a rich foundation to build upon and not just be another sequel of more of the same.  And it will transcend, I hope, the trend of 3-D and IMAX 3-D higher ticket prices and so-so movie effects.  See it in 2-D if that is what you can afford or your eyes can see 2-D better than those 3-D glasses or if you balk at paying extra for 3-D.  But at least... do see it!
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Posted: June 19, 2011, 11:13 am Quote

Rotten Tomatoes review watch: Four reviews posted, too few for an official score.  Of the four reviews posted three are positive, one is very negative.  More reviews will be posted throughout the week, so keep checking the link for what's been added and for when a consensus score is reached.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars-2/

Movie opens in wide release in regular 2-D, 3-D and IMAX 3-D June 24, 2011, Friday.World premiere was at Disney owned "Golden Age of Hollywood" movie palace the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood CA Satuday, June 18, 2011.

Parental guidance websites and movie review compilation websites:  Just because it's "Disney" or "Disney-Pixar" doesn't mean all parents will want their kids to see "Cars 2".  If you're choosy as a parental gatekeeper, I recommend the following websites, just check them on June 24-26, 2011 (Opening Day and Weekend) because for a few it takes a day or two for their reviews to get online.  Take what you need from these sites (some religious-moral, some not) and leave the rest:

Kids In Mind

"Movie Mom" Nell Minow at Beliefnet

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops "Movies" section

Plugged In Online, the media review service of Dr. Charles Dobson's "Focus on the Family", look under "Movies"

Rotten Tomatoes (some of the reviews do provide some parental guidance, compilation of reviews from major print media and online critics)

Metacritic (movie review compilation website, some from major newspapers )

Box Office Mojo (they will post their review as well as the movie has a webpage to check for box office tallies )

Your local daily newspaper film critic review online

BigHollywood.com (this is a conservative website under the umbrella of Breitbart.com by Andrew Breitbart, some of their columnists admire Pixar's body of work and they might post a review within a week after "Cars 2" opens )

Deadline Hollywood
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Posted: June 20, 2011, 5:08 pm Quote

Quote (CarolKoster @ June 19, 2011, 10:13 am)
Rotten Tomatoes review watch: Four reviews posted, too few for an official score.  Of the four reviews posted three are positive, one is very negative.  More reviews will be posted throughout the week, so keep checking the link for what's been added and for when a consensus score is reached.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars-2/

Movie opens in wide release in regular 2-D, 3-D and IMAX 3-D June 24, 2011, Friday.World premiere was at Disney owned "Golden Age of Hollywood" movie palace the El Capitan Theater in Hollywood CA Satuday, June 18, 2011.

Parental guidance websites and movie review compilation websites:  Just because it's "Disney" or "Disney-Pixar" doesn't mean all parents will want their kids to see "Cars 2".  If you're choosy as a parental gatekeeper, I recommend the following websites, just check them on June 24-26, 2011 (Opening Day and Weekend) because for a few it takes a day or two for their reviews to get online.  Take what you need from these sites (some religious-moral, some not) and leave the rest:

Kids In Mind

"Movie Mom" Nell Minow at Beliefnet

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops "Movies" section

Plugged In Online, the media review service of Dr. Charles Dobson's "Focus on the Family", look under "Movies"

Rotten Tomatoes (some of the reviews do provide some parental guidance, compilation of reviews from major print media and online critics)

Metacritic (movie review compilation website, some from major newspapers )

Box Office Mojo (they will post their review as well as the movie has a webpage to check for box office tallies )

Your local daily newspaper film critic review online

BigHollywood.com (this is a conservative website under the umbrella of Breitbart.com by Andrew Breitbart, some of their columnists admire Pixar's body of work and they might post a review within a week after "Cars 2" opens )

Deadline Hollywood

Rotten Tomatoes watch continues to improve nicely:  Now Seven reviews posted, two from Top Critics, only one is negative (a curmudgeon, maybe... ) , no official consensus yet but they have a score of 86% Fresh.  Good!

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars_2/
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Life for "Cars 2" over at Rotten Tomatoes is harsh.  Thirty reviews are posted as of Wednesday before the June 24, 2011 wide-release date.  Of those 15 are positive, 15 are negative, for a score of 50% Rotten.  But among Top critics the score is better:  Of eight Top Critic reviews posted so far, six are positive, only two are negative, for a score of 75% Fresh among Top Critics.  And so far among the Rotten Tomateos.com online community 89% want to see "Cars 2".

Pixar so far has a reputation for excellence.  And maybe "Cars" wasn't everyone's favorite Pixar movie, but it did well at the box office and sold tons of merchandise.  Disney liked the merchandise sales so much they wanted a sequel, so Pixar agreed.  

The sequels to "Toy Story" were huge box office successes.  In a year or two there will be a sequel to "Monsters, Inc."

Will Pixar's stretch since 1995 of box office excellence and box office success end with "Cars 2" if the reviews are so mixed in advance of it's opening?  Or will audiences ignore the critics, support "Cars 2" and buy more tons of merchandise like for the first movie of it?

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars_2/

It's not looking good that the overall compilation score for "Cars 2" will improve between now and opening day.

It's set in Europe because overseas movie audiences  don't want American movies to be so American-centric in their settings or cultures.  Hollywood studios all believe if you cater to this point of view they'll make more money overseas than in the US and thus make more money than they ordinarily would.  That's the rationale behind setting "Cars 2" that way, on the European car racing circuit.

I plan to see "Cars 2" no matter what the critics or the compilation of reviews at Rotten Tomatoes may indicate.  I have faith in John Lasseter and the folks at Pixar to come up with an entertaining movie. They all can't be as stellar as the three "Toy Story" movies, or "Finding Nemo", "Wall-E" "Ratatouille" or "Up".  This time, they are acquiescing to sequelitis trends and Disney loving merchandising sales trends.  Could be years after Disney acquired Pixar that the parent company is involving itself too much in Pixar's karma and should back off and let Pixar be Pixar.  Or maybe it's time for Pixar to "have a bit of a fall" after 15-16 years of making feature length family CGI animated films.  Or maybe this was a mistake green lighted while Dick Cook was still head at Disney Studios, who has since left.  "Cars 2" would have been approved to go forward after 2006's "Cars" was a success with merchandise sales as well as movie box office and Dick Cook still in charge then, but he was let go in 2009.  Current Disney Studios president is Richard Ross, formerly of Disney Channel, and under Ross promotion of movies has been terrible, since they hired expert marketers but who had never promoted major Hollywood movies before.  All these things can be wild card factors in "Cars 2" success or any stumbles.

But Pixar has a long winning streak at the box office and a long streak of excellence in animated family filmmaking.  That ought to count mightily for something.  They DO make good movies at Pixar.  Believe in that!  Buy tickets!




Here's a comparison and light analysis of past Pixar movies' Rotten Tomatoes.com scores.  "Cars 2" is still getting in reviews, it's score will change, so consider this chart a mere snapshot in time before "Cars 2" opens.

1995 Toy Story 100%
1998 A Bug's Life 91%
1999 Toy Story 2 100%
2001 Monsters, Inc. 95%
2003 Finding Nemo 98%
2004 The Incredibles 97%
2006 Cars 75%
2007 Ratatouille 96%
2008 WALL-E 96%
2009 Up 98%
2010 Toy Story 3 99%
2011 Cars 2 50% but not all reviews are posted yet

Highest: Toy Story and Toy Story 2, both with 100%
Lowest: Cars 75% and still developing Cars 2 with 50% so far just two days before opening day
Average: 91.25%, closest would be A Bug's Life at 91%
Mean: 75%, closest would be Cars at 75%

In terms of RottenTomatoes.com scores, Pixar consistently has made "Fresh" movies scored critically 91%-100%...except for "Cars" and now "Cars 2".  And except for "Cars 2" all their movies have scored consistently "Fresh", never "Rotten", until "Cars 2" at 50% (still changing) in 2011.
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Thursday, the day before US wide release Opening Day of June 24, the Tomatometer at RottenTomatoes.com is even lower than yesterday: 44% Rotten.  Whew, harsh!

Scroll up in this Topic for link, discussion, analysis, websites for parental guidance-type reviews.  

There is a famous quote from Walt Disney himself about his reluctance to make sequels to his successful movies, "You can't top pigs with pigs".  (I think that refers to the cartoon short "The Three Little Pigs" and is meant to convey you can't top success with simply more of the same.)  Does that quote maybe apply to "Cars 2" even though they made two sequels to "Toy Story" which were hugely successful?   We'll have to see, since Opening Weekend is now here.
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Some early reviews are posted here and there.  If they compile others' reviews the compiling is still going on at this early date before the movie opens, and will become more clear over the weekend when more reviews get posted at various places.  Be patient with this process, and simply just keep checking.

Metacritic, 63 out of 100, reviews they have so far range from 90 from Variety to 25 at Slant Magazine.

http://www.metacritic.com/movie/cars-2

Rotten Tomatoes, now 43% Rotten with 37 reviews posted, among Top Critics the score is now 55% Rotten, and 89% of the Rt.com community say they want to see the movie, and that is a positive + score.

http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/cars-2/

Plugged In Online, a media review service of Dr. Charles Dobson's Focus on the Family, nothing posted yet but it will e once "Cars 2" opens, just keep checking this link.  This is for parents wanting moral guidance in advance of taking their children to movie theaters or buying DVDs.

http://www.pluggedin.com/movies.aspx

Kids In Mind assesses scores for sex/nudity, violence/gore, profanity, and instances of substance abuse, discussion topics between parents and children and the message a film conveys, and lets parents make up their own minds if a movie is appropriate for children or not.  No posting about "Cars 2" yet, but just keep checking this page this weekend for it:

http://www.kids-in-mind.com/

US Conference of Catholic Bishops:  Apparently the American Catholic Bishops no longer are operating their Office for Film and Broadcasting at which they'd issue movie reviews and parental guidance advisories.  Instead they refer those interested to Catholic News Service.  At this link nothing is posted yet about "Cars 2", but just keep checking this weekend or after.

http://www.catholicnews.com/movies.htm

At Catholic News SErvice they use the same criteria the US Conference of Catholic Bishops did, as follows:

CNS classifications:
• A-I — general patronage
• A-II — adults and adolescents
• A-III — adults
• A-IV — adults, with reservations (this indicates films that, while not morally offensive in themselves, are not for casual viewing because they require some analysis and explanation in order to avoid false impressions and interpretations)
• L — limited adult audiences, films whose problematic content many adults would find troubling (replaced A-IV classification Nov. 1, 2003)
• O — morally offensive
Motion Picture Association of America ratings:
• G — general audiences, all ages admitted
• PG — parental guidance suggested, some material may not be suitable for children
• PG-13 — parents are strongly cautioned. Some material may be inappropriate for children under 13
• R — restricted, under 17 requires accompanying parent or adult guardian
• NC-17 — no one 17 and under admitted (age limit may vary in certain areas)


At Box Office Mojo.com no reviews are posted yet, but check back.  In the meantime this is "Cars 2" webpage there to keep track of box office results:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=cars2.htm

It's only opening at 3,900 US theaters, kind of a relatively lesser number.  It could be all theaters are full with current releases, as for 3-D and 3-D IMAX it's crowded with a lot of titles in those formats right now.  Fewer theaters means less box office.

Unlike "Pirates of the Caribbean 4: On Stranger Tides" "Cars 2" will not open on the same day or two worldwide.  It opens in the US June 24, but will open in other countries between June 22-September 29.  See chart:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=intl&id=cars2.htm

Movies similar to "Cars 2" and how they did, chart at Box Office Mojo.com:

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?page=similar&id=cars2.htm

And here's how the first "Cars" did back five years ago in 2006, both US and foreign.  It may not have been as highly reviewed as other Pixar movies or as well liked by audiences as other Pixar movies, but in the US and worldwide it sure made a lot of money anyway!

http://www.boxofficemojo.com/movies/?id=cars.htm

In discussions at Box Office Mojo.com forums, the community places an Opening Weekend US prediction for "Cars 2" $60-$106 million.  Some think "Cars 2" will do better it's second weekend, which is US Independence Day Weekend, a big holiday and a popular time to go see movies.





There will be a cartoon short from Pixar to open "Cars 2".  It is one of two "Toy Story Toons", this one titled "Hawaiian Vacation" and set among the new family that adopted Andy's toys at the end of "Toy Story 3".  The other "Toy Story Toons" will open in front of "The Muppets" in November.  Details at this link:

http://www.deadline.com/2011....ar-race

Within the article is speculation a future "Toy Story 4" full-length feature animated film could actually happen.
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