Are you buying John Lasseter's belated defense of 'Cars 2'? The Pixar guru, who co-directed the June release, took to the pages of the New York Times on Monday to insist that the summer sequel -- Pixar's first movie to disappoint critics -- wasn't a crass grab at merchandising money. Instead, 'Cars 2' was truly as personal and as heartfelt as the more beloved Pixar films, and on that point -- judging by the global box office -- audiences seemed to agree. With the DVD due for release in a couple weeks and the Academy about to shortlist the movies eligible for Best Animated Feature, it's clear why Lasseter would speak out now. Still, what if he's right? Did 'Cars 2' get an undeserved thrashing from the critical community? Is it better than reviewers thought? Does it actually have a shot at an Oscar?