* AwesomeMusic: [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3HlFewKByw Real Gone]] by Music/SherylCrow.
** And of course Cars 2 had a brief scene with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2PrYKtahrWU Polyrhythm]] by Perfume.
* BaseBreaker: Mater. While children seem to love this character, most other people despise him. There's pretty much a consensus that he ruined (or at least severely hurt) ''Cars 2''. There is also a subset that will TakeAThirdOption, finding him tolerable in the first movie, but obnoxious in the second.
* BrokenBase: Were both movies good or the weakest films that Pixar has produced thus far?
* ClicheStorm:
** ''Cars'' is considered to be one of these. It's easy to imagine a little counter in the corner dinging whenever you see a Pixar cliché. Stranger in a community or group? Check. Brooding moment from a side character? Check. Wacky sidekick who forms a comedic duo with the main character? Check. Said group full of wacky members with their own quirks? Check. All of the development threatens to go downhill when something happens to separate or alienate the stranger? Check. They all decide they like this new stranger and want him back in the group? Check. The stranger decides that s/he really is a member of the group? Check.
** One of the major complaints about the sequel is the fact that the ClicheStorm element is taken to nigh painful extremes. The clichés were even ''more'' evident in ''Cars 2'' because they were using action-movie clichés too, more notable than simple Pixar clichés.
* CriticalDissonance:
** The sequel has been not very well received by critics, yet loved by its target audience.
** The first film also received the weakest reviews of any Pixar film at the time, yet audience response was much more positive.
* EarWorm: Music/{{Weezer}}'s "You Might Think" from ''Cars 2'' is upbeat, and very catchy. It's actually a {{cover|ed up}} of a song by... Music/TheCars.
* FamilyUnfriendlyAesop:
** To more conservative viewers, the sequel's [[spoiler:"once big oil, always big oil"]] message might come across as one.
** Something to dislike on both sides of the spectrum as the Aesop can also be viewed as [[spoiler: alternative fuel is an evil scam.]]
** In addition, as far as the friendship between Lightning and Mater goes, ''Cars 2'' can come off as, "Be yourself, even if your true self is a jerk who constantly embarrasses everyone around you and creates big setbacks for your friends."
* FunnyAneurysmMoment: [[http://rwarn17588.wordpress.com/2011/04/29/lawsuit-seeks-to-prevent-release-of-cars-2/ Those potshots taken at the first film for being unoriginal now officially fall into]] DudeNotFunny territory.
* GeniusBonus: Francesco Bernoulli is named after the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bernoulli_effect air-flow physics]] that is used by FormulaOne cars' characteristic wings to obtain [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Downforce downforce]].
* HarsherInHindsight:
** Connect Doc's "they quit on me" speech with the fact that this was one of Paul Newman's last major roles.
** Narrowly averted in ''Cars 2'': The weakness/trigger of the new fuel was supposed to be radiation but after the nuclear power plant meltdown in Japan they changed it to radio waves (as of John Lasseter's "Day in the Life" documentary).
* HilariousInHindsight:
** One of the supporting characters is a diminutive and lovable forklift named ''Guido''... damn you Series/JerseyShore...
** Back when the first movie was released, Magazine/{{MAD}} did a spoof that mentioned (among other things) that they cut an appearance by the "Popemobile" at the last second. Well, guess what actually appears in the sequel...
** Turns out ''Cars 2'' [[Film/ShanghaiNoon isn't the first sequel starring Owen Wilson to end with a knighting in England.]]
** A year after ''Cars 2'', Film/JamesBond would have to deal with his age in a [[Film/{{Skyfall}} similar manner]] as Finn [=McMissile=], right down to the Aston Martin.
* HoYay:
** In the sequel, Mater puts together quite a day out for his best friend when he comes home, and even tries to infiltrate Lightning's date with Sally. They have a secret handshake that a bystander notices gets longer every time they do it. If that's not bad enough, at one point Lightning chases after Mater repeatedly yelling "You're the bomb." Yeah...
** [[NewAgeRetroHippie Fillmore]] and [[DrillSergeantNasty Sarge]] have lots of this. Despite their [[OddCouple clashing personalities]], the two are almost inseparable. The two are almost always next to each other, Sarge is even shown sleeping next to Fillmore in "[[WesternAnimation/PixarShorts Unidentified Flying Mater]]". ''Twice''. Some of the toy packaging go as far as describing the duo as being "Unable to live without one another."
* InternetBackdraft:
** Lots regarding the sequel, going from diehards saying that the film only seems bad in comparison to the rest of Pixar's work (and calling any and all critics of the movie "haters" who are gleeful that Pixar has finally produced a genuinely bad film) to persons who actually are gleeful that Pixar has finally produced a genuinely bad film (and wasted no time in rubbing it in the noses of said diehards).
** Quite a few Pixar fan's reaction to the dual announcement of ''The Incredibles 2'' and ''Cars 3'' was "YES! Incredibles 2! But WHY THE HELL are they making another Cars movie?!"
* JerkassWoobie: The Lemons themselves from the sequel. They might have done many wrong things, but it is hard not to feel sorry for them when they were made outcasts by the others.
* MoralEventHorizon: Chick Hicks, the film's antagonist, was already bad due to his dirty racing tactics, but at the end when he [[spoiler:purposely runs The King off the road -- causing his crippling crash -- and has no remorse for it]], he unsurprisingly loses all his fans.
* NightmareFuel:
** A deleted scene in the first movie shows a discarded scene which involved, while getting lost trying to find Mack, Lightning [=McQueen=] wandering through a car graveyard full of rusty and destroyed cars. The scene seems reminiscent of [[Disney/SnowWhite Snow White getting lost running from the wicked Queen]] and it's not hard to figure out why the scene wasn't in the final product.
** Also the fact that they based King's crash off an ''actual crash'' Richard Petty was in at the Daytona 500 might count. Sure it's bad enough the cars are alive in this movie, but the fact that an ''actual person'' had to go through that... sure, he made it out okay, but ''still...!''
** Some of the FamilyUnfriendlyDeath in the second movie. Special mention must go to the death of Rod "Torque" Redline, who gets tortured for information by the villains, and then blown up. While his actual death is partially obscured as a reflection on a screen that's showing a picture of Mater, we get to see the explosion and the flames rising from his body. Not helped by the fact that it underscores an aversion of NeverSayDie.
* TearJerker: The 'Our Town' scene, especially when Luigi pushes up the sign saying, "We're still open!"
* TooCoolToLive: [[spoiler:Why would anyone cast Creator/BruceCampbell as a superspy just to kill him off? Not to mention that poor British spy crushed into a cube in the [[ActionPrologue beginning]]...]]
* ToughActToFollow:
** Even if the second movie was more positively received, it still would have been considered very underwhelming compared to ''WesternAnimation/{{Up}}'' and especially ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'' before it.
** The first film was also victim of this; coming right after ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''.
* UncannyValley:
** In Paris, Mater comes across a car that has its eyes in its headlights instead of on the windshield (a possible TakeThat toward previous depictions of anthropomorphized cars). Mater ([[NightmareFuel and the audience]]) are suitably horrified.
** It does, however, bring back memories of the cars in ''WesternAnimation/TheBraveLittleToaster'', which John Lasseter worked on.
** Also, RC, a remote-control dune buggy from the ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'' series films appears to have headlights for eyes.
* UnfortunateImplications:
** Stephen Krosecz of ''WebVideo/AnimatedAnalysis'' [[http://blip.tv/sketchdcomedy/animated-analysis-202-cars-2-5934433 argues]] that the heroes of the second film are [[FantasticRacism prejudiced against the lemon cars]], that the film doesn't seem to treat this as a bad thing, and that one could interpret this as an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ableist ableist]] message.
* ViewerGenderConfusion: Two race cars, one pink, one blue. One's a boy, and the others a girl. And it's not the ones you're probably thinking of. ''WesternAnimation/FamilyGuy'' did do this gag years before, but it was a parody of the Chevron claymation car commercials that aired in the late 1990s.
* TheWoobie: If you notice very hard in the "Our Town" sequence, Mater had a coat of sky blue in the flashback. When customers stopped coming to Radiator Springs and business closed and all the cars are looking at the empty road, the first car to leave in disbelief is Mater. Plus, he is the one who has physically changed the most- not a hint of paint left on him. And in the present, he's probably the most crazy of the bunch. Evidently, he took the by-pass the hardest.
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