- “From this moment, everything will change.”
- 1 Synopsis
- 2 Plot
- 3 Characters
- 4 Cast
- 5 Production
- 6 Release
- 7 Reception
- 8 Soundtrack
- 9 Video game
- 10 Gallery
- 11 Videos
- 12 International premieres
- 13 Trivia
- 14 Goofs
- 15 References
- 16 External links
"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician with her own plan to win, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet, and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing's biggest stage!"
As the Piston Cup season progresses, Lightning McQueen, now a seven-time Piston Cup racing legend, finds himself overshadowed by Jackson Storm, an arrogant rookie who belongs to a new generation of racers that use the latest technology to improve their performance. Lightning's fellow veterans either retire or are fired by their sponsors, to be replaced by new-generation racers. He falls behind the pack in the final race of the season; while trying to catch up, he loses control and suffers a violent rollover crash. Four months later, while recovering in Radiator Springs after the violent crash, a primer-coated Lightning watches footage of the crash that ended the career of his late mentor, Doc Hudson. He tells his girlfriend, Sally Carrera, that he does not want to be forced into retirement as Doc was and decides to start training again, looking for new ways to regain his edge. Rusty and Dusty, the owners of Lightning's Rust-eze racing team, send him to a newly opened racing center, much to his surprise. When he arrives, he learns that they have sold Rust-eze to new owner Sterling, who assigns him to work with trainer Cruz Ramirez. Lightning eventually becomes impatient and annoyed with Cruz's methods and attempts to use a high-tech racing simulator, only to cause severe damage to the equipment.
Convinced that Lightning is no longer capable of winning, Sterling is ready to take him off the racing circuit and use him for product endorsements. Lightning offers a deal instead: if he wins the first race of the new upcoming season in Florida, he can keep racing at his discretion; otherwise, he will retire immediately. Sterling accepts the deal and sends Cruz to work with him one-on-one at a nearby beach.
Instead of improving his own top speed to beat Storm's speed, Lightning spends most of the day helping Cruz get used to racing on sandy coastline outside the training center. For inspiration, they travel to a dirt track on which Doc raced but inadvertently end up competing in a demolition derby, which Cruz ultimately wins, leading to Lightning being humiliated on national television. When he lashes out at her for wasting his time and breaks her trophy, she gets angry and reveals that she had wanted to race professionally when she was younger, but never started a race because she felt outclassed by the other cars. She leaves to make the trip back to the racing center on her own.
After seeing a report on Storm's new speed record, Lightning calls his best friend, Mater, for advice. Mater suggests that he track down Doc's mentor Smokey. Lightning picks up Cruz, but she refuses to go with him, after what he said to her before. Lightning tries to make it up to her, by fixing her trophy, and dancing to help her get on Mack. Cruz, getting impatient by Lightning's dancing and singing, agrees and the two travel to Doc's hometown of Thomasville, where they meet Smokey and several of Doc's old friends. Accepting the fact that he is not the racer he once was, he allows them to coach him in methods to outsmart Storm instead of trying to beat him with sheer speed. Smokey reveals that even though Doc never raced again after his crash, he found a new happiness in training Lightning. During a final practice race, Lightning has a flashback to his crash and loses to Cruz, who has been taking some of Smokey's lessons to heart.
At the race in Florida, Lightning is surprised to find Smokey and Doc's old friends cheering him on, despite him falling behind to the next-generation racers. Several laps into the race, Sterling spots Cruz among them and orders her to return to the racing center. Lightning calls her back to the speedway, has his pit crew outfit her for racing, and gives her his number so she can take his place. Using both Smokey's advice and her own, Lightning coaches her through the pack until she is in second place behind Storm. On the last lap, Storm rams Cruz into the wall, but she flips away using one of Doc's old techniques and lands ahead of him to win the race, much to the amazement of McQueen. She and Lightning are both credited with the victory, and she quits her job with Sterling to accept an offer to race for Dinoco.
Later, in Radiator Springs, Lightning and Cruz put on an exhibition race for their friends. They have adopted Doc's old racing colors and number, respectively, to honor his memory. Dinoco has bought Rust-eze from Sterling, and Lightning decides to continue racing and train Cruz as well.
In a post-credits scene, Mater is singing a funny song and is cleaning in his lot, and when his iPad rings, he gets startled and jumps in fright then inadvertently knocks over his reception antenna along with tires falling down from his shack's roof, and the FaceTime on his iPad goes dead, much to his dismay.
- Lightning McQueen
- Sally Carrera
- Doc Hudson
- Albert Hinkey
- Rusty Rust-eze
- Dusty Rust-eze
- Tex Dinoco
- The King
- Chick Hicks
- Bob Cutlass
- Darrell Cartrip
- Tractors (do not speak)
- Miles Axlerod (cameo)
- Al Oft (cameo)
- Stanley (statue cameo)
- Cruz Ramirez
- Jackson Storm
- Miss Fritter
- Junior, River, and Louise
- Bobby Swift
- Cal Weathers
- Brick Yardley
- Natalie Certain
- Andrea Taylor Baker -
- Doug Burch -
- Catherine Cavadini -
- Lanai Chapman -
- Will Collyer - Brick Yardley
- Abby Craden - Simulator Voice
- Django Craig -
- James G. Dashe -
- E. Ambriz DeColosio -
- John DeMita -
- Rod Gnapp -
- Willow Geer -
- Isa Hall -
- Aaron Hendry - Kurt
- John Hoffman - Ronald
- Barney Jones -
- Mikey Kelley -
- Carlyle King -
- Daamen Krall -
- David H. Lawrence XVII -
- Malana -
- Jeremy Maxwell - Arvy
- Levi Nuñez - Gabriel
- Angel Oquendo -
- Jason Pace -
- Bob Peterson - Dr. Damage
- James Pace - Faregame
- Alex Puccinelli -
- Steve Purcell - Tractors
- David Randolph -
- Jerome Ranft - Red
- Noreen Reardon -
- A.J. Riebli III - Albert Hinkey
- Peter Sohn
- Galyn Susman -
- Regina Taufen -
- Nancy Truman -
- Cheryl Tyre -
- Andrew Vernon -
- Jay Ward -
Michael Wallis said on August 17, 2013 that the film would include Route 99 in California, while John Lasseter said during the Tokyo International Film Festival that a Citroën 2CV will appear in the film as a reference to Hayao Miyazaki's movie Lupin the 3rd: The Castle of Cagliostro.
According to the 2015 São Paulo Disney Expo, the film's release was to be in 2018. On July 20, 2015, while being interviewed by Autoweek, Lasseter stated that the film's release should be summer 2018 or 2019. On October 8, 2015, it was confirmed to be June 16, 2017.
The first concept images were released by USA Today on May 30, 2016. Director Brian Fee also gave some info on the characters and plot.
"Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks," says Fee.
"Think of where he'd be in his career now in real time," says Fee. "(McQueen) is not an old man, but he's one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire."
On November 21, the first teaser trailer for the film was released and it showed McQueen about to have a horrific crash, like the one that forced the end of Doc Hudson's career.
On January 9, Disney released the first trailer during the College Football Playoffs.
On February 26, another trailer was released during the Daytona 500.
On June 6, a clip of McQueen and Storm was released on various movie clip YouTube channels, although it was not then uploaded on Pixar's official YouTube channel. However, on June 14, it did get uploaded on Disney's official YouTube channel made for United Kingdom viewers, and was uploaded on Pixar's YouTube channel a day later.
On June 14, a "My Senior Project" clip was released on the Disney UK YouTube channel.
A 12-minute exclusive 4D sneak peek was shown at the "Bugs Life Theater" at Disney's California Adventure starting May 12, 2017 with short clips from the movie and a long demolition derby clip that featured McQueen and Cruz taking on Miss Fritter.
Cars 3 was released in theaters on June 16, 2017 in the United States in 3D, and in selected IMAX 3D theaters and was accompanied by the Pixar short film Lou.
Cars 3 grossed around $172 million in USA and Canada and $310 milion in other territories for a worldwilde total of $482 milion, agaisnt a production budget of $150 milion.
Cars 3 received mostly positive reviews, the film received an approval rating of 69% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, based on 228 reviews. With the site's critical consensus reads, "Cars 3 has an unexpectedly poignant story to go with its dazzling animation, suggesting Pixar's most middle-of-the-road franchise may have a surprising amount of tread left."
Owen Gleiberman of Variety magazine gave the film positive review stating, "Cars 3 is a friendly, rollicking movie made with warmth and dash, and to the extent that it taps our primal affection for this series, it more than gets the job done. Yet in many ways it’s the tasteful version of a straight-to-DVD (or streaming) sequel.
There are eight songs in the Motion Picture Soundtrack while the Score Soundtrack is composed by Randy Newman. For the film, there are two soundtracks: one containing songs, and the other consisting of the film's score. Both were released on the same day as the film.
Avalanche Software and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment developed a game adapted from the film, with release dates of June 13, 2017 in North America, June 14 in Australia, and July 14 in Europe.
Trailers and Clips
- June 15, 2017 (Colombia)
- June 16, 2017 (Mexico)
- June 25, 2017 (United Kingdom)
- July 13, 2017 (Brazil)
- July 20, 2017 (Portugal)
- Todd the Pizza Planet Delivery Truck is seen participating in the Crazy 8 Demolition Derby race in Thunder Hollow but is knocked out, losing his rocket topper in the process.
- Jeff Gorvette from Cars 2 returns as a retired racer, appearing in the Florida 500 race in Florida. He is the only character from that film to return in Cars 3. In Cars 3, before the Florida 500, Jeff tells Lightning to "win one for us old guys".
- The pumpkin coach from Cinderella (as an antique trophy), a picture of Miles Axlerod and a bonsai tree resembling Ant Island from A Bug's Life is seen in Sterling's office in the Rust-eze Racing Center.
- Miss Fritter's exhaust pipes are designed as a homage to Maleficent.
- Car number 86 of Thunder Hollow's Crazy 8 Demolition Derby race is a reference to Luxo, Jr., due to his number 86 (when it was released), and he has the Pixar Ball on his hood.
- Buy n Large from WALL-E and Triple Dent Gum from Inside Out appear as sponsors for Dinoco Races.
- Due to Coco being in development at that time, two elements appear in the film itself.
- A113 appears once again as Mater's license plate number, on the door of Sterling's main office in Rusteze Research Center and on Shannon Spokes' press sticker as well as one of Miss Fritter's victims' plate numbers.
- A billboard advertises Sleep Well Motel from Toy Story of Terror on the bridge in which Mack sleeps under. It also says "Lux Co."
- The Cars 3 (soundtrack) reuses a lot of music from Cars.
- In one of the flashback scenes, Doc is balancing a stack of objects on his hood while telling Lightning, "You might wanna take notes on this one." This is the same voice clip Doc says in Cars: The Video Game sometimes when passing another car in a race.
- This is the first Cars film not to be directed by John Lasseter.
- This is the shortest Cars film in the franchise, having a run time of 103 minutes.
- This is the first Pixar film to be directed by Brian Fee.
- This is the first Pixar sequel not from the Toy Story franchise to focus more on it's original protagonist (in this case it being Lightning McQueen) because of the majority of other Pixar sequels have whoever was the deuteragonist or major character in the original film - Mater in Cars 2, Mike Wazowski in Monsters University, Dory in Finding Dory, and Elastigirl in Incredibles 2.
- This was the final film written by Daniel Gerson, as he died in 2016 and the film was dedicated to his memory.
- In the teaser trailer, the viewer can actually see a cloudy glimpse of the front of one of the race cars, when the announcer says "McQueen is fading, fading fast!"
- Mia, Tia, Van and Minny are the only characters that didn’t make an appearance.
- Some scenes didn’t end up in the film such as McQueen and Cruz went into Thomasville.
- This is the first and only Cars film not to have a main antagonist with a green color outline.
- This is the first and only time in the Cars franchise in which Lightning McQueen does not say his famous catchphrase "Ka-Chow!"
- This is the first feature-length Pixar film (and also Disney's first animated theatrical feature-length film) to have been designated a G rating from the MPAA since 2013's Monsters University. This compares to the PG-rated Planes films, which are part of the Cars franchise.
- Out of all the original actors that reprise their roles from the previous sequels, this marks the first and only time where Michael Keaton, Chick Hick's original voice actor from the first film, does not reprise his role as Chick due to scheduling conflicts with Spider-Man: Homecoming.
- The sixth Pixar film to have different than usual music accompanying the Disney and Pixar logos, after A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 3, and Finding Dory.
- The fourth Pixar film that had no humans following A Bug's Life, Cars, and Cars 2.
- Although the film is a threequel, the events of Cars 2 are not directly mentioned, but there are several visuals from the second film proving it still exists within the timeline.
- This is Pixar's second film to feature the full 2011 Disney opening logo as a closing logo after Finding Dory.
- This is Pixar's sixth film to have a post-credits scene after Finding Nemo, Cars, Brave, Monsters University, and Finding Dory.
- This is the first Pixar film to have a 4K Ultra HD release.
- This is the sixth Pixar film with the closing music of Disney and Pixar logos, with the first five being A Bug's Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters, Inc., Toy Story 3, and Finding Dory.
- This is the second time that Chris Cooper does a role for a Disney film, after playing Tex Richman in The Muppets.
- This is the first Pixar film to receive a simple "Fresh" approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes, instead of a "Certified Fresh" unlike all previous Pixar films had, the only exception being Cars 2 which got a "Rotten" rating.
- In some international cuts of the movie, Lightning's final paint job as the "Fabulous Lightning McQueen" has the word "Lightning" replaced by a lightning ray. This is very likely due to Lightning's first name being translated in most foreign countries.
- This sixth Pixar Animation Studios (both opening &) closing logo cuts in from black, after WALL-E, Up, Cars 2, Brave, & Finding Dory.
- Cars 3 marks the second time a Pixar franchise has become a trilogy, after Toy Story 3.
- This is the film that made Jessica Heidt realize the uneven gender balance in Pixar movies. This inspired her to create a program in the Pixar algorithm.
- The same mistake about the number of cars is that the first race recurs in the film.
- When Lightning is between Reb Meeker and Speedy Comet, Jack DePost is seen. But when Lightning finally passes Reb and Speedy, Jack disappears.
- The King spent his retirement as his nephew's crew chief after his wreck and retirement on the first film. But when Lightning, Bobby and Cal come into the pits, Cal's crew chief doesn't look like The King and those of the crew chieves of the other racers.
- Murray's roof appears to be orange and aqua, but in the shot after Gale Beaufort leaves the speedway, his roof is colored light green.
- We see that Chase Racelott is third, but when Lightning flies, Eric Braker was shown.
- When Lightning, Luigi and Guido are at the Rust-eze Racing Center, we can see that Land Rover paparazzi is blue, but when Lightning, Luigi and Guido enter, he is purple.
- Lightning McQueen was close to Smokey after he stops but when we see Lightning later, he is inches away.
- In the crash, Sheldon Shifter can be seen with a neutral expression, which means his face is not animated.
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- Incredibles Animated Sequel
- Michael Wallis confirms there will be a "Cars 3"
- John Lasseter Hails Hayao Miyazaki, Japan and the Joy of Juxtaposition
- 'Cars 3' and 'Incredibles 2' Slated For 2018 and 2019 Release Dates?
- Pixar Motorama is the coolest car show you've never heard of
- Disney Announces Release Dates for 'Incredibles 2,' 'Cars 3'
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