This shows how you came to your conclusion that people didn't like the second cars movie. I don't see how this goes to your conclusion that if it was made by another studio, the reaction would be differentActually we did, we had an open round robin type of discussion, it was a non profit screening for a special event. It was a pulling families together event where you encourage kids and their families to talk about the movie, ask opinions, and relate the movie to life, parenting, kids, school, etc. They use Disney Pixar films a lot at the events. For Cars 2, the surveys were 3 out of 64 boys ages 3-9 year old boys thought that the movie was just okay, and liked Cars better. 7 out of 26 girls ages 3-10 thought that the movie was just okay. Only two of the parents enjoyed the movie. Of the 18 kids who were over aged 10, only 2 liked the movie enough to rank it as a 2 out of 5. To me, that speaks volumes in the case of Cars 2, that it fell short of everyone's expectations. It is one of only two movies that I have ever seen families at this event walk out of, the other was Oz, though the kids were older. I have been to these events since The Little Mermaid was originally released, so I have seen a lot of Disney and Pixar films come and go and what kids think of them.
The kids speak first, before the parents at these events, so that they are not influenced by the parents opinions of the movie. The kids are each given a survey that can be handed in once completed for some type of souvenir from the franchise, in this case Lightning Mcqueen toy cars. Among the kids, the comments were that the "cars were mean", "cars were scary", or that they didn't get different things that happened. There were a lot of things in Cars 2 that had to be explained, and when you have to start explaining a Disney or Pixar movie, to me that is a problem. I have worked with kids since age 11, I am 32 now, I no longer work with kids, but I see large groups of kids on a regular basis for various non profit events. When a large group of kids, my own nieces and nephews, my friends kids, and other people's kids tell me they don't like something, that speaks volumes to me.