As opposed to a functioning society of aware toys? That have held their existence secret for thousands of years? Or a talking rat that cooks at a four-star level? To claim Cars pegs the suspension of disbelief meter shows some narrow-gauge thinking.
And I know I bring this up every time Cars pops up but those who continually get hung up on the fact that it follows (more or less) the plot of Doc Hollywood would grow some western cultural awareness. The plot of ‘sophisticated outsider finds truth while helping rubes’ goes back, literally, hundreds of years. Possibly thousands. It’s most famous, or should be, as the basis of Brigadoon with Gene Kelly. Really, people, at least try, will you?
For Cars, I was initially skeptical but it’s a good movie. Well made with beautiful animation. The initial scene during the credits was almost photorealistic. It’s also clear that there’s a LOT of car worship going on by the production team. I’m not a car guy by any means but I know loving kindness when I see it.
That and the soundtrack, especially the intro song by Sheryl Crowe, make it all worthwhile. It also has underlying themes of those things lost for efficiency (which could be caused by interstates, media, Wal-Mart or whatever) and an old/young dichotomy between the two race cars (Paul Newman and Owen Wilson) and you’ve got a good movie.