Cars was useless.
For starters, I don’t like NASCAR (or other car racing). And mind you, this isn’t in isolation: I went with a date to a car race one time; I don’t think we went out again after that. 90-minute drive to get there, and another hour to get into the racegrounds and park (and an hour to get out again later). Then lots of cars going by a few at a time, and expensive concessions. What was the point? Not even any crashes.
(There’s a theory that says there are two types of sports. In one, you go to see someone doing something impressive — track & field, for example. In the other, you go to see someone get hurt — football. Car racing: in person, you often can’t see the whole picture of the race, just a couple hundred yards of the track, so frankly, you’re there in hopes of seeing a nasty crash.)
(Baseball doesn’t seem to fit into either category. Maybe it’s not really a sport? And Ice Dancing falls in both categories. <grin>)
Beyond that, with Cars in particular, I found the character designs to be ugly. And while I expect a simplified story in animated films, since they are largely aimed at kids, I typically expect enough non-kid content in a Pixar film to make adults not feel the film was a waste of their time. I didn’t get that in Cars: shallow characterization, predictable plot, and a “message” throughline so worn that it could get a blowout on any curve.
Say Something Nice
Beautiful work on the landscapes. Can I get a short film just of them?