Katie and I have been unabashed lovers of Disney/Pixar films for 20 years now. We're such fans that we've made it a point to see almost all of them in theaters. Given the cost of theatergoing these days, that's saying something.
While they're not all fantastic, Pixar has a better track record than almost any other film studio out there. That they can make us get truly emotional over and connect with cartoon characters in a way that we more often than not cannot do with human characters is a testiment to their artistry both in animation and writing.
But, like I said, they're not all hits. They can't all be Toy Story, Toy Story 2, Toy Story 3, Brave, Up, Monsters Inc., Ratatouille, WALL-E, Finding Nemo, and The Incredibles. Once in a great while, you have a dud like A Bug's Life.
Katie and I also felt those dud-like sentiments over Cars. We saw it in theaters back in 2006 and walked out just feeling "meh" about it. And we haven't watched it since.
Nathan, however, has become a big fan of toy trains and this love has ventured out into all other manner of wheeled toys. Monster trucks, fire engines, race cars. You name it.
Katie and I thought maybe he would take to Cars. You have to understand that, while Nathan loves TV, he has not gotten into movies at all. We've tried all manner of movies to see if he'd like them and his attention span is lost very shortly into the movie. It's like that with a lot of TV, too, in all honesty. Sometimes he'll sit there rapt. Most times, though, he watches for a few minutes and then goes and plays.
Cars resonated only marginally with him. He liked seeing the cars racing around, but the rest of it bored him.
The surprise came in that both Katie and I really enjoyed it! It kept our attention and we found that it was striking a chord it never managed to reach eight years ago.
I think we actually kinda want to see Cars 2 and the Planes movies now (yes, we realize Planes is not a Pixar property).
Do you ever revisit movies or other forms of media to give them the proverbial second chance? How'd it go?