Last weekend, we were invited down to Anaheim to attend the Cars 3 press conference. It provided a great opportunity to listen to the voice actors and creators of the movie and find out some more about the creative process in bringing Cars 3 to life.
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Cars 3 Press Conference
Pixar Short LOU
Pixar is well known for producing not just fantastic feature films but also incredible animation shorts, which are played ahead of all their feature movies. These Pixar shorts have always been filled with uniqueness and imagination and “LOU” which was played ahead of Cars 3 was no exception.
Dave Mullins (Director) and Dana Murray (Producer) attended the conference and provided some interesting insights to how LOU was made. Originally intended to be called “Lost and Found Box”, Mullins spoke about how he had been pitching Pixar shorts for around eight years and eventually came up with LOU, a creature made up of lost and found items and likes to play with children.
The short also stars another main character and that is a young boy named “JJ” who attends the elementary school where LOU is hiding. At the start of the short JJ comes across like a bit of a trouble maker and keeps winding up the other children by stealing their belongings. Murray spoke about how even though JJ seems like a bully, in the beginning, they wanted to make sure that the audience would still be able to feel warmth towards him later in the story. Therefore, finding the right character balance for JJ was very important.
Disney Pixar's Cars 3
Pixar Animation Studio’s Cars 3 delivers many important messages throughout its story. One of the more prominent themes in this feature focuses on the importance of mentorship and generally just how having someone to look to for advice and support can help you achieve goals that maybe you didn’t even think were possible yourself.
Owen Wilson (Lightning McQueen) also resonated on a personal level with how important mentorship is, especially for parents with their kids. The fact Cars 3 carries this message is great for all audiences young and old.
Cristela Alonzo brings to life a new character to the Cars franchise and that is Cruz Ramirez. Cristela spoke about how Cruz means a lot to her because growing up there were times when she had self-doubt about herself and trying to achieve certain goals. Cristela loves the fact that Cruz is extremely relatable for anybody going through similar feelings and feels that regardless of gender, both boys and girls will look up to Cruz because of this. In fact, Cristela really loves how Cars 3 bridges the gap between gender dividing and shows that by believing in yourself and others around you, you can achieve anything.
Director of the movie, Brian Fee spoke about how despite the importance of Cars 3 carrying these deeper messages, he wanted to make sure they were still telling an entertaining and fun story and not making the audience feel lectured in any way. Therefore, the creative process with Cars 3 had to be thought out carefully. As the story was unfolding, Fee made sure to go with what felt natural instead of pushing something that wasn’t there. Making characters very relatable for the audience was also an extremely important aspect for Fee.
About Cars 3
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, Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo), with her own plan to win, plus 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!
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short), “Cars 3” is now playing in theaters everywhere.
Portions of this material have been provided courtesy of Walt Disney Studios.