PixarsBiggestFan
Well I do respect the opinions of people who do not like the Pixar Cars films, I cannot accept their claim that Cars is only for little kids. Why do people see Cars this way?

I think the main reason is they think that "all the characters are talking vehicles, so Cars is only appropriate for ages 6 and under". Because of this idea, parents took their 3-year-olds to Cars in 2006, and they eventually lost interest in the Cars franchise. Then, if your living at the time Cars 3 comes out (this summer, 2017), and you still still have a sense of appreciation for the Cars films, the first thought that runs into someone's mind is "he's/she's immature".

What adults do not realize is that there is more to Cars than just talking vehicles. People over the age of about 10 usually aren't regular Cars viewers for the fact that is stars a talking race car; they view it for other reasons, such as an emotional connection, or to see how Pixar's technology has evolved over the course of the three films. I wouldn't be surprised if adults watched Cars 2 (the so-called "worst Pixar movie of all time") to catch new Easter eggs. In reality, the 5-year-old viewers who watch Cars everyday aren't the real fans because they only care about the final movie and its toys; the real fans are us teenagers and adults who go for more than just the movie's plot, who are interested in production, and everything about it.

Just because Cars stars a talking car, and has a cast of talking vehicles, that doesn't make it immature. There is so much more to these movies than just a talking race car, it's technology, experience, and the respect for filmmaking that drives adults and teenagers to Cars. Why do you think that non-Pixar fans view the Cars franchise as being for little kids only?
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Luis504170
Interesting question. 

I think that the first Cars is like every other Pixar movie in the sense that it can be enjoyed by both adults and kids. (Car racing is a very exciting idea for both demographics) the reason Cars isn't viewed as top-tier Pixar I believe is not because of it's appeal to adults, it's just that it's very simplistic with its story, and very formulaic with it's character choices. It doesn't necessarily mean a bad thing, but it still doesn't really resonate as loud as the other movies. The cars may look very cartoony, but the themes in the movie aren't kiddish at all. Trying to find your identity, overcoming your ego, realizing to slow down and appreciate life are all very mature themes. 

Now Cars 2, in my honest opinion is evidently very much for kids. 
Cars 2 is just a mess, with its story, character choices, script, everything really. Cars 2 really has nothing adults can connect to. It's a story about spy cars with Mater in the center. And it's message about "being yourself" is so simplistic and on the nose. That message would resonate with kids, definitely not with adults, they are way past that. Some people do enjoy the movie, and I respect that, but generally speaking, it is very immature with the way it handles the themes and its story. It just isn't good filmmaking. I know it might be frustrating seeing someone saying the same thing over and over, but Cars 2 really doesn't have anything to challenge the human mind, or stimulate anyone for that matter. I consider it just mindless entertainment.

So yeah, I don't think it's just non-Pixar fans, I'm a Pixar fan and I can proudly admit my disappointment for Cars 2, as can many other Pixar fans. I love Pixar, they are incredible, but I don't have to like everything that they do, i wouldn't feel true to myself. 

Haven't seen Cars 3, I want to get to it hopefully sometime this week. 

But yeah, I think Cars 1 is great. 






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PixarsBiggestFan
Here's an article that even further argues that kids can't relate to Cars 3.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/cars-3-can-kids-relate-pixar-movie-1014508
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WarrenJB
PixarsBiggestFan wrote:
Here's an article that even further argues that kids can't relate to Cars 3.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/cars-3-can-kids-relate-pixar-movie-1014508

I get the feeling that he has to earn his paycheck somehow.

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Here's where a kid viewer probably can't relate to McQueen's story


I think the P-word is significant. He's overanalyzing things, projecting onto the children in the audience. It's like me saying that because I don't like Arlo's design in The Good Dinosaur, then no-one will like it. [tongue] He thinks kids won't relate to McQueen's career situation, and uses other Pixar films like The Incredibles as examples with emotions and situations that kids can relate to. Y'know The Incredibles... The one where one of the main characters is preoccupied about... his career situation...

I'll try not to carry over too many more spoilers from that article, but I don't think that kids have to directly relate to that very specific dilemma, in order to relate at all. It can be applicable to a lot of different situations, and even then maybe it doesn't have to. Pixar are pretty good at giving you the feels in all sorts of diverse - even barmy - scenarios.

No-one pays me for my own grumpy opinions, much less the Hollywood reporter, so maybe I don't have the chops to say so: but I think the article's flawed right from it's basic premise.
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