Frequently presented evidence for the case of the fallibility of Pixar,
is the one time that Pixar dropped the ball, all the more surprising considering it was a pet project of head honcho John Lasseter.
It's a testament to the quality of Pixar's output that
isn't actually all that bad, it's just not that great. Maybe it's the slightly forgettable characters? They're a little too reminiscent of
Budgie the Little Helicopter
, and a world populated by cars just doesn't really work, as there's only so much they can do: race, take a service stop, race again.
Toys, bugs, monsters, superheroes: yes! Cars: nah... Despite a lukewarm critical reception,
did mean business in the merchandising stakes, meaning we're due a sequel next summer.
does score some redemptive bonus points for an inspired end credits gag, though.