Cars 2 was not a classic film. It was unfocused and a bit too dependent on plot rather than characters. But it was a solid film. It had great action set pieces and 'blink and you'll miss it' humour. And it doesn't deserve the death by omission it is currently enduring.
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No matter how invested you are, or aren't, in Pixar's Cars films, the latest entry creates a weirdly interesting narrative around the franchise. Imagine if, after Blade Runner, Harrison Ford made a rom-com-dram sequel where Rick Deckard was suddenly running a hotel. And then he made Blade Runner 2049, where he was suddenly a Replicant Hunter again, and no one mentioned the hotel at all.
Compare the release schedule of 2017 to that of 2007 and one of the biggest differences you'd see is the almost complete disappearance of licensed games for kids. Where once movies and TV shows would see average (at best) cash-ins released on PlayStation and Xbox, today they land on mobile, and are even worse. But there are exceptions.