John Lasseter finally comments on the negative criticism that this film got, in an interview with the New York Times
... and it's fair to say that he's in denial. (The reporter might be, too; he keeps calling the film a "megahit" or saying the film's $550 million worldwide gross is better than that of the original Cars
-- the latter of which is true -- but he never compares this film's box-office performance to that of Pixar's OTHER films, nor does he acknowledge that the film did just a little better than Rio
worldwide and still lags well behind Kung Fu Panda 2
My favorite quote: "I typically don’t read the reviews. I make movies for that little boy who loves the characters so much that he wants to pack his clothes in a Lightning McQueen suitcase." A discerning audience, I see. (For the record, one of my sons has a Cars
backpack and lunch kit, and the other son's favorite toy just might be the Megablok Lightning McQueen that someone gave us a few months ago. Merchandise sales have NOTHING to do with whether or not the people who buy or use the merchandise thought any particular installment in a franchise was any good.)
ETA: I mean, seriously, even with the 3D ticket surcharges, Cars 2
made less money worldwide than any other Pixar film in the past decade, with the slight exception of WALL-E
(which is behind Cars 2
by so little that 3D surcharges alone could probably account for the gap) and the more significant exception of the original Cars
. And Lasseter wants to say "I think it’s clear that audiences have responded" as if their response was basically POSITIVE somehow?
Edited by Peter T Chattaway, 17 October 2011 - 06:19 PM.