... by the House of Mouse.
John Lasseter talks to the Times and says he makes what he wants to make.
... [O]ne matter [Mr. Lasseter] addressed head-on was the assumption by some that “Cars 2” had been forced out of him by Pixar’s corporate parent, the Walt Disney Company, as a greedy grab for sales of related merchandise, a central current of the negative reviews.
“I don’t know what to say about that,” he said. “Well, I guess I do. It’s not true. It’s people who don’t know the facts, rushing to judge. I recognize my place in the Walt Disney Company, but my job, my focus, my deepest desire is to entertain people by making great movies, and we did that with ‘Cars 2.’ ” ...
So have we got that, ladies and gents? John Lasseter loves Cars, loves the franchise, and did #2 of his own free will.
So it ain't the evil conglomerate, it's the creative head of the animation division. And the picture made half a billion dollars so who are we to judge? (Also, just so you know, I have no opinion on the matter as I've never seen the Cars features.)