When I was in high school back in the late 70's, my best friend drove the ugliest, piece-of-crap Pinto wagon on the planet. It was a drab silver color with round bubble windows on the back panels. Dave hardly ever cleaned it (inside or out) and the back seats were a sea of McDonald's bags and boxes (in the good ole' non-ecofriendly styrofoam days). The car was ugly to look at, and suggested it might be the biggest embarrassment on the Florida roadways.
Looks are deceiving though.
Dave had another friend who loved to tinker with cars and who, in a frenzy of automotive upgrading, installed a rebuilt Rolls-Royce engine and a Masarati transmission in Dave's Pinto. The silver beast could now press you back into your seat when you hit the gas and leave a permanent impression. Think Mission: Space, but with a greater potential for instant death. This baby could fly and was the perfect car for two irresponsible teenagers on the straight, flat back roads outside Orlando.
Still, I always wondered why anyone would put all that glorious, precision machinery in such a drab package.
The Cars DVD kinda makes me feel the same way.
Disney and Pixar release Cars today in all its exquisitely detailed, CG-animated glory. It's an amazing movie to look at with its reflective car hoods, stunning southwest vistas and even the rubber "marbles" that bounce off a race track.
Radiator Springs is inhabited by just plain folk . . . errr . . . cars who enjoy their quiet lifestyle, but long for the days when their town used to buzz with activity as cars trekked from Chicago to Los Angeles and back on Route 66. Among the inhabitants are Mater (pitch perfect Larry the Cable Guy) a dim, beat up tow truck; Sally (sweet, but bland Bonnie Hunt), a Porsche Carrera from the city who wandered into town and stayed; and Doc Hudson (gruff, but wise Paul Newman), an old-school Hudson Hornet who may have a racing history of his own.
The Incredibles DVD was. Again, I expected more, especially from the #2 movie at the box office this year.
Cars may look great in the showroom, but when you get it out on the road, it disappoints.