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Crystal Jun 19, 2006

What did you guys think of Pixar's latest effort?

I thought it was good compared to Finding Nemo which was boring.

The plotline is similar to Doc Hollywood.
The story was very "been there done that"
but I loved every minute of it.

The visuals, of course, are absolutely gorgeous.  Everything from the scenic Route 66 deserts to the raceway.

What Lightning did at the end was very honorable, and damn I almost shed a tear.

The "asking for directions" bit got old real fast.

I was fully expecting to see Lightning and Sally's "kids" in the end.

There is a scene after all the credits are finished, but it's not that funny IMO.

Angela Jun 21, 2006

Mm, I'll likely see the movie this weekend, if not sooner.  Inevitably, I'll also be pulling up and updating my Pixar film rank list, although it's doubtful it'll knock "Monsters, Inc." out of the number one spot.  But hey, ya never know. ;) 

Can't wait to see it!

Crash Jun 23, 2006

Speaking of films whose plotlines are recycled, allow me to note that, from the previews, the Wayans brothers' newest effort, "The Little Man", appears to be a direct rip-off of an episode of the Jetsons.

Shinobin Jun 23, 2006

Overall it was a great movie, but I don't think that it lived up to the expectations I have for a Pixar film.

Angela Jun 23, 2006

Just got back from seeing the film, and I loved it.  Doc Hollywood all the way, but the car concept is executed so well that the plot still feels ultimately fresh and of its own weight.  Movies are most successful when you get lost and absorbed into them -- and it's even more incredible when the movies just happen to be animation.  More than once did I have stirrings of "roadtrip!" as I was watching, and my own passion for driving cross-country to California suddenly began to resonate.

The film was lengthier than expected, but was satisfying through and through.  The animation and scenic backgrounds are a joy to watch, and the accompanying sound roars along like a well-tuned Mustang.  The accuracy of the vehicles featured was a cool touch as well; I noticed a Mazda Miata, the Ford Winstar, and of course, the Porsche 911.  Many, many people seem to disagree, even calling it the film's lowest point, but far and away my most favorite scene was Sally's flashback exposition of Route 66 and Radiator Springs.  It gave the film that much-needed emotional push, and served as the fundamental underpinning for the story's resolution. Tractor-tipping comes in a close second. ;)

I'm fitting Cars in at number four as my favorite Pixar feature-length animation, just before The Incredibles and just after the second Toy Story.  I think what I liked most about Cars is the fact that there are no 'people' involved whatsoever.  The film is so self-contained in its own world that it was just so easy to get into it, and live in its fantasy.

Like so, then:

1) Monsters, Inc.
2) Toy Story
3) Toy Story 2
4) Cars
5) The Incredibles
6) Finding Nemo
7) A Bug's Life

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