Cars 2, the 2011 Pixar sequel, was critically panned and failed to gain praise from audiences. The movie was split into two distinct sections, and the second half was largely dedicated to a spy plot, which confused and alienated many viewers. Furthermore, the story felt rushed and disjointed, with several characters getting little to no development, and the film was criticized for lacking the heart and charm of the original. The animation was also considered to be of lesser quality, with some scenes being overly dark and the lighting being inconsistent throughout. In the end, Cars 2 failed to capture the hearts of viewers, leading to its negative reception.