I didn’t care much for the first Disney Cars film when it came out in 2006, however, since then I’ve had a son. He adores Cars and has just about every piece of merchandise with Lightning McQueen on it. He has watched the DVD so many times that the disc now sticks and requires replacing. Over the multiple viewings, it’s grown on me and I’ve even learnt to love Mater.

We went to see Cars 2 in 3D full of enthusiasm and excited to see the latest instalment. It was a letdown, my son got bored and wanted to run around and I wanted to go back and see the far superior Rio.

The story this time involves Mater being mistaken for a super-intelligent spy. Visually it is up to the high quality you’d expect from Pixar, but plot and story-wise it’s extremely poor. It’s a parody on a Bond film that we’ve seen done a thousand times. To me this movie was Pixar apologising to Disney for making Up, a film they couldn’t sell toys about. The best thing on this disc is the Toy Story short that is on the extra features.

A third instalment is inevitable, due to it being a huge cash-cow. Let’s just hope they actually have a story instead of a toy commercial.

DVD extras:

  • Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation
  • Air Mater

Cars 2 is available on DVD and Blu Ray

Review-Disney on Ice World of Fantasy

On Saturday, my partner and I took our excited three-year-old son to Disney On Ice: World Of Fantasy. When we took our seats and the man on the PA System said “fifteen minutes” our son did a little dance. At the five minute announcement our son grinned – his excitement was palpable.

The theme was World Of Fantasy and it comprised abridged plots from the movies Cars, The Little Mermaid, Tinker Bell and Toy Story 3. The show also featured hosts Mickey and Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Goofy.

Technically speaking it was a masterpiece. The shows greatest achievement was the animatronic cars; they had blinking headlights for eyes and moving bumpers for mouths. You could see the people in the cars but it didn’t detract from their impact and I’m sure the little eyes watching did not notice this. The choreography from the whole cast was impressive as were the costumes and set designs. The opening of the Toy Story 3 piece – with the green army – was powerful. The set pieces were full of colour, magic and sparkle. It wasn’t just my son grinning like a happy child.

Worlds of Fantasy is on at Wembley until 30/11/11