Tuesday, January 22, 2008
"Cars" (John Lasseter, Joe Ranft, 2006) I finally checked out Pixar's "Cars"--I wasn't in too much of a hurry to see it because the critics called it a step downward for the studio. But they're wrong. Perhaps they were WANTING it to be a step downward, or they couldn't get into the anthropomorphization required to settle into the movie, but one can say that about all of Pixar's output. This one is just as charming, and the work done to bring everything to shimmering life is amazing--these folks jump the bar with every movie they make, and the rubberized moves of the various cars is pretty ingenious. The nostalgia for the open road that permeates the movie may be way over the heads of the kids in the audience, but "Cars" succeeds in telling its story well and charmingly so. And this time, Pixar throws in a bit more music and panache to make things work on more than a surface level. Well worth watching.