3 Pixar has taken to coasting.SECTION8 | 01/12/2011 | See all SECTION8's reviews (1336)Top 10 Reviewer Top 10 DVD Reviewer It's easy to forget after its tear jerking meditations on mortality and obsolescence that Pixar makes movies for kids.Cars 2 redresses the balance by rewarding the demographic who made the 2006 original Pixar's most profitable property, at least in terms of merchandise revenue.Manna for those with a boys toys mindset, the sequel is equal parts petrolhead pedal flooring, Bond esque spy games and goofy slapstick. Yet with its confused plot and perpetual sugar rush visuals, it,s also liable to induce a headache.The espionage stuff works best. Half the fun of watching a 007 movie comes from the chases, so there's plenty of mileage in setting an action thriller within the existing Cars universe. The opening set piece is exhilarating and Michael Caine a suave choice for the voice of superspy Finn McMissile.Where the film falters is in the contractual obligation to yoke the original cast into the plot, which leaves Owen Wilson's Lightning McQueen driving around in a circus, and forces Larry the Cable Guy's tow truck Mater into the spotlight to replicate the first film's fish out of water premise.By Pixar's standards, this is light and disposable. Presented in tandem with a similarly charming but functional Toy Story short 'Hawaiian Holiday,' Cars 2 suggests a studio coasting on its rep while their rivals are raising their game.By taking the scenic route, the champion of animation risks losing pole position.What makes Cars 2 such a obvious step backwards for the studio is 2010's outstanding Toy story 3 that showed they were still way ahead of other studio's CGI toons, but with this movie being actually weaker than 2006 Cars and with the likes of Dream Works King Fu Panda 2 being an improvemment on the original Cars 2 just seems to be coasting.But that's an adults perspective and if you are under 10 years old you'l lap up every colourful moment.See if you like....Anything by Pixar.