While we're on the subject of unpopular opinions here, for all of its flaws, I can't hate Cars 2. Sure, everyone acts like an idiot and it can't decide what its target audience is, but...
- There are lots of little details, especially the character's expressions (for example, Axlerod's faint smile when Lightning calls in to the talk show).
- Some shots could pass for photographs, and there's an unlisted video on the Disney-Pixar YouTube channel about how the animators car-ified lots of real world structures.
- Gosh, that opening is atmospheric.
- At its core, the story is about the undying loyalty between two best friends, even when they are separated due to external circumstances. Narm Charm at its finest.
- I can't hate a movie with an anthropomorphic fighter jet(?) voiced by Jason Isaacs
I do understand why people dislike it, though. This is the only Pixar movie where I'd say it focuses more on the story than the characters; even after I watched Mr. Enter's review of Cars 2 a couple of times last year, the only part of the movie I really remembered was the plot twist, until this year. And a line in Collision of Worlds that goes something like: "I asked for a coffee and got my first cup of tea."
Heck, until this year, I couldn't even remember any of the new characters' names. I just got Cars 2 stuck in my system about a month ago, somehow.
The best way to describe Cars 2 is that it's the world's most brutal Saturday morning cartoon.