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"Cars 2"

"Cars 2" runs out of gas long before it runs out of running time. This sequel qualifies as the rare Pixar misfire. Unlike the wit and warmth of such animated favorites as the "Toy Story" series and "Wall-E," "Cars 2" seems cold and shrill.

One reason why the earlier Pixar pictures work so well is that they aren't afraid to slow down in order to appreciate the gentler emotions common to both humans and anthropomorphized toys. Although the first "Cars" certainly had its share of automotive racing action, it also spent quality time with the automotive residents of a Southwestern town called Radiator...