Run The Series: Disney keeps speeding into the baffling but kid-beloved world of Cars
With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.
From 2007 to 2010, the animation company Pixar, fresh off its purchase by Disney, went on an astonishing run that equals or surpasses just about any streak of American feature animation made by anyone, including its parent company. While picking the “best” Pixar movie is probably a fool’s game, convincing cases could be made for any of these four released in successive years between 2007 and 2010: Ratatouille, Wall-E, Up, and Toy Story 3. It’s all the more surprising, then, that this spectacular quartet is flanked on the Pixar timeline by two pillars of relative embarrassment: Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011). This summer, Pixar made it a trilogy with Cars 3.
When Cars came out, it was only the seventh Pixar feature, so there wasn’t …