As a kid I loved everything Disney and Pixar. I also really loved Cars 2. It was my favorite Pixar movie before I came to my senses, and I came to appreciate film as a form of art.
The movie still holds a place in my heart, but I can now realize how much my stupid kid brain held that movie on a pedestal. Now I’m back to waste my time and analyze this film for some reason.
Cars 2 is an animated kids film from 2011 that focuses on the character Tow Mater (voiced by Larry The Cable Guy) and his crazy adventures around the world after getting into a mishap with a British secret agent. As Mater’s adventurous mishaps goes on, it seems to distract his best friend and professional racer Lighting McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) causing them to butt heads. The movie wraps up with a plot twist revealing a stereotypical British villain was behind the death of multiple cars, and that he was the host of the World Prix.
The movie has a lot of problems but it does ask a good question. Is ignorance truly bliss?
Throughout the movie characters are ingnorant to something else, like Mater is ignorant of his own stupidity, Finn McMissile (voiced by Michael Caine) is ignorant of his mistake and that Mater is just a random civilian, McQueen is ignorant to the fact that Mater needs help and is trying his best not to screw things up for him.
The movie gives pros and cons to this, Mater becoming aware of his stupidity is what gives away his disguise, McQueen being unaware leaves him out of danger, and its shown that if McMissile would’ve chosen the actually American agent they would’ve been caught red handed.
The movie argues that though the truth may hurt, you can always grow from the truth. Things like dents in cars are unwanted at by most people but Mater welcomes them with open arms. The truth is unwanted but only from the truth can you grow.
Only when Mater becomes aware of his thoughtless actions does he do the right thing. When McQueen becomes aware of his friend asking for help he stops worrying about the race and goes to the aid of his friend.