Sunday, 19 June 2011

Cars 2 - a review plus family movie pass giveaway!

The fab five have been unfaithful to our first love -  the drive in.

I feel bad, but we were invited to the fancy pants cinema locally for a sneak preview of Cars 2, and as it's been freezing down here in sunny old Adelaide, I relented and agreed to betray my beloved drive in for a more luxury cinema setting.



The irony was that we were off to see Cars 2....not in our car.

But wow. Just WOW. It was so worth it.

First off, I should tell you that we all LOVED the original Cars movie.

Lovely husband has a minor crush on the animated sexiness that is Sally, the cartoon love in the form of a  royal blue 2002 Porsche 911 Carrera.

My son, Charlie, is, of course a huge fan of the protagonist, Lightning McQueen (voiced by the lovely laid back Owen Wilson.)

Lexie and Olivia and I, whilst less obsessed with the cars, love a story of triumph, and whilst I was sad that Doc would not make an appearance in Cars 2 (as a result of the sad demise of Paul Newman, who was the gorgeous voice of Doc in the original Cars) I was still chomping at the bit to see Cars 2. And I fell in love with Finn McMissile instead, voiced by the endearing Micheal Cane.



As a family, we were not disappointed.

We saw it in 3D and were all utterly captivated.
Pixar outdo themselves with movies like this, they really do. If you (or your children, or, all of you...) have been blown away in the past by any of the Toy Story movies, by Finding Nemo, by Monsters Inc or by Up, then Cars 2 will not disappoint.

Memorable characters that are funny and heartwarming. Brilliant animations and voice work, Cars 2 will appeal to audiences of all ages.

Many "kids movies" make me want to stab myself in the eye with a fork. (Alvin and the Chipmunks, anyone?)

Cars 2 did not. I laughed and cried and I didn't want it to end.

It sends strong messages of friendship, of good triumphing over evil, and of loving yourself just the way you are. Mater is the star of the show, he really is.



From Japan to Italy to London and back to Radiator Springs,  Cars2 is filled with a whole new adventure, and it's amazing.

If you love the James Bond genre of movie, you will LOVE the clever way Cars 2 steps up a notch from the original. Car chases, a clever plot, witty dialogue and action scenes are amazing dare devil feats abound. Brilliant inventions and spy gadgetry, combined with another love interest in the gorgeous pink form of Special Agent Holly Shiftwell are thrilling. (This is why it works so brilliantly well for both kids and adults. We were ALL engaged equally.)



This is anthropomorphism at its absolute animated best.


I cannot wait for Cars 3, and neither can the children.

In between times, I have an all cinemas family pass to see Cars 2 at YOUR local cinema to give away. Valid for Birch Carroll and Coyle, Event, Greater Union, Hoyts, Movie Masters, Palace, Reading, Wallis and Village Cinemas, I think this will cover pretty much anyone, even the drive in! The family pass admits 4 and is valued at $80.

All you need to do to enter make sure you are following my blog, and then leave me a comment telling me your favourite car character from the original Cars movie. 

The winner will be drawn and announced on Monday 27th June. Open to Australian residents only.





Disclaimer - I was not paid for this review, but we were given a free preview showing pass so that we could watch the movie and preview it for you...

51 comments:

  1. Oh we are so excited about seeing this as well - it will be Master H's first official trip to the movies!

    His fave character is Mater - when he was 1 he was given a book with him on the front, and it was all about Christmas. H subsequently named him "Christmas" and it took quite a few viewings of Cars to convince him otherwise!

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  2. It's a toss up here

    Lightning McQueen & Mater ! are the wins favourite.

    I loved Doc too, an old Paul Newman fan. I didn't know that.

    We can't wait to see it and they are coveting all the CARS2 for their birthday in 2 weeks.

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  3. We are looking forward to this too...hubby has been excited since it was first announced!

    My favourite character is Mack - and we just saw him at the touring show!

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  4. Yahoo, sounds great!! Oh Paul Newman, so sad, but i can imagine Michael Caine gives a great voice performance!! School holidays = movie time, so yes please. A family pass would be incredibly handy, thanks for the offer, love Posie

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  5. I am a follower and I like Lightning McQueen, that little red flash is very cute!

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  6. OOppss, favourite character is Mack, we're McClellands, has to be a Mack for us, love Posie

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  7. I'm following!
    I love Lightning McQueen, probably because he's voiced by Owen Wilson, who I'm a big fan of!
    My son saw the original Cars movie when it was on TV last night and loved it :)

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  8. My favourite character from the first movie was Doc. The wise and somewhat grumpy old man. Who can go past him? This would be a great win for us! And BTW, we are big fans of the drive in too. We have to drive all the way to Blacktown to indulge though. Love it! x

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  9. We love Mater here. I think it was the tractor-scaring scenes that did it for us. My eldest has the Cars Tag Reader book, and they have a section in there on the tractor scaring. Gotta love Mater's wicked sense of humour :)

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  10. I am so looking forward to watching this. I think I am more excited than the kids!
    I love the cars movie such a great storyline, my favourite is Sally and Mater, great characters that just make the movie so fun to watch!

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  11. We have been waiting for this one to come out! The whole family is excited. Junior Hoges was just 3.5 years when he first saw Cars, Mini Hoges was still in Utero, but having watched Cars back to back all weekend he is now a big fan too!
    I love Guido (I think thats how you spell it) the little yellow Fiat with the tyre shop.

    Nic xo

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  12. I cant wait to take my kids to see this we have been patiently waiting for it to start at the movies. my Favourite is Mater

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  13. I cant wait to take my kids to see this we have been patiently waiting for it to start at the movies. my Favourite is Mater

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  14. I loved sassy Sally, though my boys, predictably, both adore Lightning McQueen. I know I'll be going to see it one way or the other, but I'll keep my fingers crossed for a free pass (so that I've got extra money to get some choc-tops!) ;)

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  15. Everyone is so excited about this movie coming out. We don't usually go to the cinema because it's so expensive but we have planned a family outing for when Cars 2 comes out.

    My favourite car is definitely Mater. Miss 3 and Mr 5 both love Lightning McQueen!

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  16. Just like everyone..my guys are just waiting for Cars2. My favourite is always Luigi and Guido. They work so well together!! :D

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  17. How can you not love mater. The best friend you wish you had. lol.

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  18. My fave is Stanley - yes, the guy in the statue. Because his wife Lizzie still loves him, after all these years :)

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  19. My favourite was definitely Lightning McQueen - such a perfect hero. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  20. My Little Man hasn't stopped talking about seeing Cars 2 since seeing a trailer for it...

    Just have to get him them now!

    His favourite is Lightening McQueen.. which he affectionately calls Steve McQueen, because that was what I called him, until I actually sat down and watched the film and discovered that I had been calling him the wrong name all this time!!

    One of the great things about the Pixar is that they reach across years. Films that my big kids saw years ago - my little man is watching for the first time, and my big kids remember - and they end up creating a new memory together.

    :-)

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  21. I am following as blossompetal

    I loved Mater and Doc.

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  22. I love Mater. He's such a cutie. We've seen the Cars movie about a squillion times so we're super excited to see Cars 2. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed.

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  23. It has to be Mater! He is hilarious.
    Good luck to everyone!

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  24. I was thinking about taking my son to see his first movie at the cinema, and this would be perfect!
    In our house we love Mater!
    Thanks for the opportunity :)

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  25. I would have to say the old crazy lady car in the first one was my fav!! I sound just like her sometimes!!
    I hope we win, our youngest 4 have never been to the movies before!!

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  26. It sounds like you HIGHLY recommend it! I'm looking forward to watching it.

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  27. Like most others it Mater he such a great friend and has the best lines cant wait to see the new one.

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  28. Lightning McQueen is my favourite character...

    I follow your blog

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  29. Love, love, love Mater!
    My son, Master S, loves Lightning McQueen!

    But honestly, the fact there's a statue named "Stanley" made me want to like him best, since it is a pretty cool name :)

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  30. Definitely Lightning McQueen. The kids think he is funny and clever, and Mumma has a crush on Owen Wilson.

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  31. Following your blog (chonny88)
    My favourite is definately Mater. He's hilarious. The tractor tipping was so funny. "He did what in his cup?" Lizzie reminds me of my mum.

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  32. Cars has been our all time favourite kids movie for ages. Mr 5 loves Lightning, he drove us nuts talking about nothing else for close to 2 years. Miss 8 adores Sally....'She's cool and funny Mum' while I love grumpy, old Doc. Completely devasted when Paul Newman passed away, the end of an icon.

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  33. It's the first time in a while we've all been desperate to see the same movie. Mater is my favourite Disney/Pixar charachter anywhere, so obviously,he is in the first Cars.

    I can't wait to see what they do wtih him in in Cars 2.

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  34. We are so looking forward to seeing this. It is one of our favourite 'kids' movies, right up there with Toy Story. The animation is just so fabulous.
    I don't think I can go past Mater as my favourite. He is just gorgeously funny.

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  35. Our favorite is Tow-Mater. He has the best jokes, and it's funny the way my kids pronounce his name.

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  36. I love Ramone...low and slow, baby ;o)

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  37. Mater is my fave - he is old school gentleman, and reminds me of my father.

    Glad you enjoyed Cars 2, i am busting to see it.

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  38. Mater, because he's funny, positive and a good friend :)

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  39. We love Mator the rust and buck teeth just add to his irresistible charm <3
    Thanks for the lovely giveaway :)

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  40. Oh we love Cars in this house too and we can't wait to see Cars 2! I'm so glad you gave it good reviews as we are all planning on going (hubby, me and two kids!) so your family pass would be great!

    I think my son would say Lightening McQueen is his favourite - i love the transformation his character goes through too. Otherwise Mater is just hilarious!!!

    xx
    thanks ;-)

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  41. We all have a soft spot for Mater in this household. He's a bit of a larrikan and so sweet!

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  42. Lightning Mcqueen !
    Miss 12 ants to take me out for my bday pressie to see this lol... she is sweet lol

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  43. Mater is one in a million with striking good looks and charm to match, a friend you can treasure forever.

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  44. Mack is my gangs fave character for obvious reasons LOL. Thanks for such a lovely giveway.

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  45. Definately Mater. What more could you ask for in a friend?
    He always brings smiles to our household!

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  46. Mater is absolutely the most lovable character for us - he shows that you don't have to have all the best bells and whistles to have the biggest heart and the best spirit.

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  47. My fav was mater, my son's is lightning McQueen, and my daughter wants to be Sally because she's so pretty! Get that - she would agree with your hubby I'm sure!

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  48. Mater is my favourite. He is your best friend from the start, has a contageous laugh and is fun to play with.

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  49. Mater - so cheerful and loving

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  50. Lightning McQueen the star of the show

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  51. Bronwyn MathiasJune 26, 2011

    We can't wait to see silly McQueen get up to some new adventures x

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