Lightning McQueen in Cars

It’s become the punching bag of Pixar, but after over a decade can’t we finally admit that Cars is underrated? The release of Cars 3 brings with it not only another merchandising blitz of cartoonish, anthropomorphized vehicles for children but also the chance for their parents and other adults to bemoan the Emeryville Titans’ reviled franchise. While most cinephiles tend to go rather easy on Pixar’s lesser work due to the usual immense quality of their output – indeed, The Good Dinosaur is most remarkable for being totally forgotten – when it comes to Cars the hate flows strong; you’ll usually see it and its sequel right at the bottom of rankings and often cited as actively ...

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