Having been released after what some consider their best work, Toy Story 3, Cars 2 was considered a huge step backward, a disappointment, and yet once you read the reviews, a lot of them claim that under a different studio it would've easily been labeled the best film, or at least one of the better films of said studio, yet Cars 2 was still bashed, simply because it wasn't "Pixar enough" as if there is more than just being entertaining to be worthy of such a status; but remember some said that about the original, yet that was still praised, unlike it's sequel. Cars was pretty early in Pixar's run, specifically before Pixar's great four known as Ratatouille, WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3, each of which were by many critics standards worthy of a best picture nomination, and of course with those four, expectations were high, so really anything would've easily been hated after that, Cars 2 happened to be it so it got a lot of hate, so it's not so much of losing their touch as it is "wasn't as good as the most recent films therefore they've lost it" which is an unfair statement.
It seems like people seem to be over glorifying Pixar, which isn't bad as they've consistently done good, but it sadly does does affect people's views, apparently forgetting that masterpiece has never been their goal, after all it's main pride in doing films is to make it the way they would like, meaning entertaining, they never said their goal was to make masterpieces, or whatever the people who made the claims of Pixar losing their touch tend to claim, just good, entertaining films, for me they've succeeded in doing that for 12 films straight, longer than many other studios, most can't even brag about how good they are for that long, yet Pixar can, so I don't think they ever lost their touch, they just couldn't replicate masterpieces for very long and that's okay, Pixar still seems to care enough to make enjoyable films for everyone, because despite the criticisms of too many sequels coming from them, how many other studios will stop to mention they're trying to create the best film they can out of it, while still seeming honest about it (look up Finding Dory), because most studios seem to ignore any kind of "this didn't need a sequel" comments that even people with a half a brain make.
Go watch Inside Out this week, remind yourself that Pixar is still a smart studio, you owe it to yourself. Pixar hasn't lost their touch, nor did they, everyone makes mistakes, even Pixar. The only way this studio could ever lose their touch is if they started making films that completely undermine everything they stand for, insulting your intelligence, lacking any thought and dedication to their subjects, while crafting characters solely out of what they think your kids will buy most, in other words, they'd have to turn into Illumination Studios.
Written By Octaviano Macias
P.S. I don't hate all of Illumination's work, they just haven't made anything decent that didn't feature the Minions