Just occasionally a cartoon will do something that completely blows your mind –Dick van Dyke leaping through the chalk drawing in Mary Poppins, The Beatles turning up in the Jungle Book, the wife dying in Up, the ‘camera’ panning back at the end of A Bug’s Life.
That the eyes in Cars 2 are on the windscreens rather than the headlights is one such moment. The fact that hundreds of well-paid, well-respected and well-known animators could make such a monumental fuck up blew my mind right out of my ears and all over my cinema seat.
Anyone who has ever so much as looked at a car, I mean even glanced at one in passing, knows that the face of a car has the headlights for eyes, the grill for a nose and the number plate for a mouth. What Pixar are doing transposing two roving, expressionless dots on to the flat, featureless expanse of the windscreen is anyone’s guess.
And that small but insurmountable detail speaks volumes about the giant international mess that is Cars2. This isn’t a film – it’s a long, meandering sub-James Bond pastiche set in the confounding world of talking cars. There is even a British car that appears to have backed in from the set of The Avengers, leaving its script in the unisex toilet of a Happy Eater on the way over…. continued
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