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** Many older fans see the franchise as something of a DorkAge for Creator/{{Pixar}} as a whole. In general, a lot of the disdain for the franchise stems from its perceived CreatorsFavorite status--after all, the sequel was greenlit on the press tour of the first movie and making it the second Pixar franchise to get a full trilogy after ''Franchise/ToyStory'', and that's on top of Disney releasing a pair of theatrically-released spin-offs. All of this in spite of the consensus that the movies represent a low point for the company. That it's also a MerchandiseDriven property does not do anything to alleviate the situation, with many accusing the sequels of being made only as a cash-grab. The common sentiment among these older fans is that the movies simply aren't worthy of the embellishment that Pixar has placed upon them, and that the company's efforts would be better reserved for creating new movies that are up to the company's usual quality or creating sequels to more beloved films like ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''[[note]]which did ultimately happen, albeit much later than most fans were expecting[[/note]]. That being said, the series does have its fans, especially among younger viewers who look at ''Cars'' as a GatewaySeries for Pixar, and the third movie's trailer--with the DarkerAndEdgier tone and the stunning visual effects--has indicated that Pixar is taking the franchise as seriously as any other property they've put work into.

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** Many older fans see the franchise as something of a DorkAge for Creator/{{Pixar}} as a whole. In general, a lot of the disdain for the franchise stems from its perceived CreatorsFavorite status--after all, the sequel was greenlit on the press tour of the first movie and making it the second Pixar franchise to get a full trilogy after ''Franchise/ToyStory'', ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory'', and that's on top of Disney releasing a pair of theatrically-released spin-offs. All of this in spite of the consensus that the movies represent a low point for the company. That it's also a MerchandiseDriven property does not do anything to alleviate the situation, with many accusing the sequels of being made only as a cash-grab. The common sentiment among these older fans is that the movies simply aren't worthy of the embellishment that Pixar has placed upon them, and that the company's efforts would be better reserved for creating new movies that are up to the company's usual quality or creating sequels to more beloved films like ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo'' and ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles''[[note]]which did ultimately happen, albeit much later than most fans were expecting[[/note]]. That being said, the series does have its fans, especially among younger viewers who look at ''Cars'' as a GatewaySeries for Pixar, and the third movie's trailer--with the DarkerAndEdgier tone and the stunning visual effects--has indicated that Pixar is taking the franchise as seriously as any other property they've put work into.

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* TheyWastedAPerfectlyGoodPlot: A minority of ''Film/{{Zoolander}}'' fans have half-joked that it would have been really funny to have Creator/BenStiller cameo as a Derrick Zoolander {{expy}} as one of Lightning's rivals as an ActorAllusion for Creator/OwenWilson.


* PortingDisaster: Though by no means unplayable, due to storage limitations, the Gamecube version doesn't have the bonus trailers, deleted scenes and movie clips that can be purchased in the other versions.

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* PortingDisaster: Though by no means unplayable, due to storage limitations, the Gamecube version doesn't have the bonus trailers, deleted scenes and movie clips that can be purchased in the other versions.versions and suffers from a reduced track selection in multiplayer.

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** "He did WHAT in his cup?!"

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* ItsEasySoItSucks: While justified due to their nature as kid-appealing tie-in games, the games are often criticised for being extremely easy, to the point where you can often finish races a whole minute ahead of the closest opponent. It's to the point where some reviews recommend you play the Story Mode on Champion difficulty (accomplished by putting CHMPION as your profile name) to get ''any'' kind of challenge whatsoever.


* PortingDisaster: Though by no means unplayable, the Gamecube version of the game doesn't have the bonus trailers, deleted scenes and movie clips that can be purchased in the other versions.

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* PortingDisaster: Though by no means unplayable, due to storage limitations, the Gamecube version of the game doesn't have the bonus trailers, deleted scenes and movie clips that can be purchased in the other versions.


*** Another deleted scene had Lightning choose standard community service over doing a race in the first Radiator Springs Grand Prix, [[OpinionChangingDream only to have a dream]] that Doc put his engine (and consciousness) in a steamroller while Mater's engine is put inside Lightning's body, with Mater [[GrandTheftMe running off to live Lightning's life once Mack shows up in the dream]] and Lightning is forced to pave the road. When he wakes up from the nightmare, he notices a steamroller corpse on the side and, rather understandably, changes his mind and decides to do the race instead.

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*** Another deleted scene had Lightning choose standard community service over doing a race in the first Radiator Springs Grand Prix, [[OpinionChangingDream only to have a dream]] that Doc put his engine (and consciousness) in a steamroller while Mater's engine is put inside Lightning's body, with Mater [[GrandTheftMe running off to live Lightning's life once Mack shows up in the dream]] and Lightning is forced to pave the road. When he wakes up from the nightmare, he notices a steamroller corpse on the side and, rather understandably, changes his mind and decides ends the scene by deciding to do the race instead.


*** Another deleted scene had Lightning choose standard community service over doing a race in the first Radiator Springs Grand Prix, [[OpinionChangingDream only to have a dream]] that Doc put his engine (and consciousness) in a steamroller while Mater's engine is put inside Lightning's body, with Mater [[GrandTheftMe running off to live Lightning's life]] while Lightning is forced to pave the road. When he wakes up from the nightmare, he notices a steamroller corpse on the side and, rather understandably, changes his mind and decides to do the race instead.

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*** Another deleted scene had Lightning choose standard community service over doing a race in the first Radiator Springs Grand Prix, [[OpinionChangingDream only to have a dream]] that Doc put his engine (and consciousness) in a steamroller while Mater's engine is put inside Lightning's body, with Mater [[GrandTheftMe running off to live Lightning's life]] while life once Mack shows up in the dream]] and Lightning is forced to pave the road. When he wakes up from the nightmare, he notices a steamroller corpse on the side and, rather understandably, changes his mind and decides to do the race instead.

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** A deleted scene in the first movie shows Lightning [=McQueen=] wandering through a car graveyard full of rusty and destroyed cars while trying to find Mack, with most of the car corpses either having plants growing through them or are impaled on some of the tree branches.
*** Another deleted scene had Lightning choose standard community service over doing a race in the first Radiator Springs Grand Prix, [[OpinionChangingDream only to have a dream]] that Doc put his engine (and consciousness) in a steamroller while Mater's engine is put inside Lightning's body, with Mater [[GrandTheftMe running off to live Lightning's life]] while Lightning is forced to pave the road. When he wakes up from the nightmare, he notices a steamroller corpse on the side and, rather understandably, changes his mind and decides to do the race instead.

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*OneSceneWonder: Ferrari F430, voiced by Michael Schumacher, makes his brief appearance near the end of the movie.


* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Coming from [[Creator/{{Pixar}} the Jack of All Audience Alienating Premises itself]], this is surprising.
** Some people find the very concept of a world of cars just downright peculiar, and thus feel that it distracts from the story.
** The sequel didn't do much better, creating a spy story almost jarringly contrary to the rather simple story in the original.
** And then the trailer for the third movie came along and made everything DarkerAndEdgier, which confused people who weren't fond of the original movies and weirded out ''Cars'' fans. Fans were even less amused when it was revealed that Lightning's new rival, Jackson Storm, was basically a bundle of negative stereotypes about millennials (arrogant, entitled, and tech-obsessed).

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* AudienceAlienatingPremise: Coming from [[Creator/{{Pixar}} the Jack of All Audience Alienating Premises itself]], this is surprising.
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Some people find the very concept of a world of cars just downright peculiar, and thus feel that it distracts from the story.
** The sequel didn't do much better, creating a spy story almost jarringly contrary to the rather simple story in the original.
** And then the trailer for the third movie came along and made everything DarkerAndEdgier, which confused people who weren't fond of the original movies and weirded out ''Cars'' fans. Fans were even less amused when it was revealed that Lightning's new rival, Jackson Storm, was basically a bundle of negative stereotypes about millennials (arrogant, entitled, and tech-obsessed).
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** The minute the [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E4K7JgPJ8-s teaser trailer]] for the third movie was released, it became divisive. Some feel that the franchise might [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel redeem itself]] by taking the DarkerAndEdgier route the third movie seems to be taking. Others think that either: a.) the DarkerAndEdgier premise is trying too hard to WinBackTheCrowd after the widely hated previous movie; b.) the plot of the movie is still too much of a ClicheStorm; or c.) just that ''Cars'' doesn't deserve the third movie at all regardless of any merit it might have.



** The [[MoodWhiplash jarringly dark]] trailer for the third movie led to many parodies and [=YouTube=] edits, with many people adding well-known "memorial" songs [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2urfxcd580A like]] "[[Film/TheFastAndTheFurious See You Again]]", paying their respects to Lightning [=McQueen=] after his "death", [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fi6BmMegGt8 replacing the trailer's soundtrack]] with the audio from ''Film/{{Logan}}'''s first trailer, etc...



* {{Narm}}: For some, the teaser for the third movie [[MoodWhiplash having a complete shift in tone to be]] DarkerAndEdgier loops around from being shocking to unintentionally hilarious.



* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: The first movie got hit with a bit of this by being accused of copying the plot of ''Doc Hollywood''. It isn't completely without merit given the heavy similarities; both are about a character who is trying to get to their next big gig (big city plastic surgeon vs. the Piston Cup), only to get sidetracked in a small, run-down town when they commit a crime forcing them into community service and therefore trapping them in the town until they complete it. Both also feature a romantic subplot and [[spoiler:with both characters eventually returning to where they got stuck.]] In fact, it was bad enough that the creators of the film got accused of plagiarism on a few occasions, though they have repeatedly denied these claims.
* ToughActToFollow: Subverted with the first film; it came after ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which itself was a ToughActToFollow as it followed ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. Played straight with the second film which followed ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', and the third film which followed ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory''.
* WinBackTheCrowd: ''Cars 3'' is considered by many to be an [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel improvement]] over both films in terms of writing, characterization, and subject matter.

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* TheyCopiedItSoItSucks: The first movie got hit with a bit of this by being accused of copying the plot of ''Doc Hollywood''.''Film/DocHollywood''. It isn't completely without merit given the heavy similarities; both are about a character who is trying to get to their next big gig (big city plastic surgeon vs. the Piston Cup), only to get sidetracked in a small, run-down town when they commit a crime forcing them into community service and therefore trapping them in the town until they complete it. Both also feature a romantic subplot and [[spoiler:with both characters eventually returning to where they got stuck.]] In fact, it was bad enough that the creators of the film got accused of plagiarism on a few occasions, though they have repeatedly denied these claims.
* ToughActToFollow: Subverted with the first film; it came after ''WesternAnimation/TheIncredibles'', which itself was a ToughActToFollow as it followed ''WesternAnimation/FindingNemo''. Played straight with the second film which followed ''WesternAnimation/ToyStory3'', and the third film which followed ''WesternAnimation/FindingDory''.
* WinBackTheCrowd: ''Cars 3'' is considered by many to be an [[SurprisinglyImprovedSequel improvement]] over both films in terms of writing, characterization, and subject matter.
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*** Along the same lines, the existence of the Pope in-universe implies there was a car Jesus, which naturally invites discussion as to [[MindScrew how He was crucified]].

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* PortingDisaster: Though by no means unplayable, the Gamecube version of the game doesn't have the bonus trailers, deleted scenes and movie clips that can be purchased in the other versions.


!!YMMV tropes that apply to the movie:



* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The ''VideoGame/{{Cars}}'' video game is considered to be a decent open world racing game.


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!!YMMV tropes that apply to the tie-in game:
* BestLevelEver: Monster Truck Mayhem, for being a awesome [[RuleOfCool monster truck destruction derby]] with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtQef7ToVCI really cool backing music]]. This race was so popular that the sequel games added even more races like it!
* BigLippedAlligatorMoment: Monster Truck Mayhem: the race comes out of nowhere, has no relevance to the story, and utilises a different type of racing style from the rest of the game. However, TropesAreNotBad, as it turned out to be considered the BestLevelEver.
* SugarWiki/NoProblemWithLicensedGames: The ''VideoGame/{{Cars}}'' video game is considered to be a decent open world racing game.

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** KACHOW![[note]]Lightning's CatchPhrase, which has gained infamy for how ''[[NarmCharm cheesy]]'' it sounds.[[/note]]
*** KACHIGGA![[note]]Chick Hicks' CatchPhrase, often done in response to the above.[[/note]]

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