Sitting back to take in the animation itself, however, is a different kettle of fish. Whether you see it in 3D or standard 2D, you can’t fail to be blown away by the sheer quality and attention to detail. Especially visually arresting are the film’s city scapes – in particular its realisation of London, which may not be strictly geographically accurate (some artistic license has been taken) but it’s a heartfelt ode to the UK’s capital city nonetheless.
The talented voice cast is impressive and includes names like Emily Mortimer, John Turturro and Eddie Izzard as well as racing driver Lewis Hamilton and cult actor Bruce Campbell – and this time round, the film is enlivened by the tones of Michael Caine as British spy Finn McMissile (an Aston Martin) in a role reminiscent of his early screen incarnation Harry Palmer.
There is no reason why Pixar shouldn’t make a film exclusively for children – but from the audience’s point of view, we are very much aware that a Disney-Pixar flick is capable of so much more and. as such, our awareness of the inferiority of Cars 2 is heightened. This one might be best left until it’s available on Blu-ray or DVD for the littluns to watch (alone) on a rainy day.