To everyone refusing to see Cars ever based sheerly on principal and your preconceptions… at least WATCH it once before you forever assume its terrible.
See, I've seen this movie. I see every Pixar movie in the theaters at least once. And I've seen it several times on the Premium Movie channels (they play the hell out of any movie they get)
I soundly hate that movie.
It may absolutely not be your thing, and its considered by most to be Pixar's worst… but that's still better than most movies out there. Had it been a movie about an actual human race car driver, with a human cast, but exactly the same plot otherwise for the most part...
Well then it would be Doc Hollywood. But there's stuff there to appreciate if you can get past the freaky designs and world that makes no sense.
THAT is my problem. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that I'd seen Doc Hollywood before I saw Cars, but when I went in there and saw, POINT-FOR-POINT The EXACT same plot as Doc Hollywood, I was so disappointed it's not even funny. Pixar. The people who made Toy Story, The Incredibles, and Monsters Inc. just stole an entire plot of a movie from someone. From a company whose motto was always "Story First", it just upset me so much.
For any of you who haven't seen Doc Hollywood, let me recap the plot for you:
Hotshot young doctor wants to head fo Beverly Hills for a better, more showy life down there as a plastic surgeon. (Hotshot young racecar wants to head to LA for a big race that will get him a better, more showy life with Dinoco as his sponsor)
As he's leaving to head down there, we find out he has no friends in the form of them giving him a cake that calls him an Asshole. (As he's heading down there, we find out he has no friends in the form of having nobody go give his tickets to)
He crashes his car in the heartland, destroying parts of the town. As Penance, the judge of the town sentences him to community service working in their hospital. (Same, but "Fixing the Road")
He's initially upset, but as time goes on, he begins to come to appreciate the small town, and begins to fall in love. (This is the exact same in Cars)
A Boy ends up sick and he doesn't treat the kid's problem right. He was about to have the kid air-lifted to a different hospital for surgery when the Doctor in the town offers a simple solution and says "Just give the kid a Coke". Michael J. Fox thinks the guy is crazy, but when they do it, it ACTUALLY works. (He ends up being a bad racer, and doesn't know how to turn on dirt. when Doc Hudson offers a simle solution "Turn right to go left". Lighting McQueen thinks the guy is Crazy, but when he sees it done, it turns out it ACTUALLY works. Even if he failed the first time)
He finishes his community service and reluctantly heads out to California (same in both)
He is surprised to find, LO AND BEHOLD, the doctor from the small town was somewhat of a bigshot. He's sent in a letter of reccomendation that got Michael J Fox the job he wanted. (He is surprised to find, LO AND BEHOLD, the Judge from the small town was the "Hudson Hornet", a big shot. McQueen needs a pit crew and chief to run the final race, and so he's come and is acting as McQueen's Pit Chief)
In the end, he decideds to go back to the Small town.
It's almost exactly the same movie. Which disappointed me about Pixar. The only other time they even got CLOSE to doing that was A Bug's Life. The basic Setup of A Bug's Life is the same as Three Amigos. Entertainers are mistaken for heroes and are asked to save a community from jerkwads trying to mess with them. But after the same basic setup, the movies' plots go in DRASTICALLY different directions.
In Three Amigos, the Amigos actually try to fight the bad guy (Thinking they're just acting) and accept their praise when they succeed in scaring (confusing?) them away. In Bug's life, they come out as being frauds to Flick almost immediately after they figure out what's going on. In this film, the entire colony finds out they're fakes before Hopper even shows up. And the general plot takes a completely different direction.
Not so with Cars, it's the exact same movie. And I expected a lot more out of Pixar.
Its actually the film that convinced me Pixar could do no wrong. I went in assuming I was going to HATE it… and while I didn't come out loving it, I came out satisfied by it. I've made it a point to hit all their theatrical releases since.
Funny, it's the film that convinced me that the Law of averages affects everyone, including Pixar. They had to make a bad movie eventually. I just see it as them getting their one bad movie out then.