n is synonymous with excellence. I myself regard the "Toy Story" series, "Ratatouille," and "Up" as some of the greatest films of all time.
I have love for their other films as well, and most people agree with me when I say that Pixar has never made a bad film. Those who do disagree with me tend to point to 2006's "Cars" as the lone black mark on an otherwise spotless record.
While I don't rank it among my favorites, I feel "Cars" is worthy of the Pixar branding. "Cars 2" deserves about the same acclaim. Relative to Pixar's other films, it is less than amazing. Relative to everything else playing this weekend, it's pretty amazing.
The thing that impresses me most about the "Cars" movies is the world that the cars live in. It is not a human world, but the world is human-like. The only living things in this world are cars, yet their environment is basically the same as ours.
It is no doubt a challenge for the filmmakers to direct and write for characters with no arms (they have hooks and pulleys), no heads (they have eyes on their windshields and mouths on their fenders), and no feet (wheels). The Pixar team rises to this challenge with their trademark attention to detail, and the characters' movements look perfectly natural.