Animated film could easily turn out to be the best movie of the summer

By John Hartl
Film critic
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Pixar rules! American animation companies come and go, but the one that debuted with “Toy Story” more than a decade ago continues to make all others look like pretenders.

The company’s latest, “Cars,” which could easily turn out to be the summer’s best movie (and it’s only June), instantly wipes out memories of the past year’s other computer-generated cartoons. Without relying on endless references to other movies, without paying homage to Disney (Pixar’s partner/owner), without resorting to toilet humor or relying unnecessarily on the marquee value of its voice talent, Pixar maintains its quality in movie after movie.