Our critics have admired all the studio's animated features leading up to ''Monsters University,'' but they do have a pecking order; see where Pixar's latest lands on their list
The definition of an animated caper that's working way too hard to entertain you, John Lasseter's Cars sequel is an awesomely elaborate production that's all frenetic choreographed high jinks and over-the-top, candy-colored movement. As a technical achievement, the picture is stunning, but as a globe-trotting espionage caper that features cars as spies, it's a dazzling machine with far too little soul. The movie's most befuddling aspect is Lasseter's decision to push the eager hick sidekick Tow Mater, with his Larry the Cable Guy molasses drawl, into the main spotlight. We know why he did it Mater has always been hugely popular as an action figure for kids but that hardly means this endearingly idiotic character should be holding down the center of a movie.
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