Pixar Animation Studios have always been renowned for their incredible movies. They’ve brought our childhood toys to life, shrunk us down to an ant, transported us to a metropolis of monsters and even to the depths of the ocean. The list of how Pixar have continuously made movie history goes on and on, so it’s hardly surprising to hear that they are about to release their 18th feature length film, Cars 3.
Disney Pixar's Cars 3 Movie Races to Success as Franchise's Best
Cars 3 marks the third installment in the Cars movie franchise since the original in 2006. After Toy Story, Cars is currently the only other Pixar movie series to have reached the three-movie mark which might come as a surprise to some audiences when you consider the whole film is set in a world populated completely and only by, well, cars. Looking at Pixar’s impressive roster of films and characters, you might have expected to see multiple sequels for some of the other movies before you saw three films focused on Cars. I mean, Pixar is extremely famous for creating on-screen magic and having the ability to make even the toughest of audience members melt into an emotional mess over a clown fish. So how much exactly can you connect emotionally to an on screen, manmade, gas guzzling vehicle? Well apparently, quite a lot. This is Pixar after all!
However, if there is one thing harder than fighting your way to the top, it's working hard to stay there! After all, what direction is left to go when you’re already at the height of your success? McQueen learns this the hard way when seemly out of nowhere comes a young rookie named Jackson Storm who represents the next generation in state of the art racing cars. Through advanced technology and supreme training which includes a high-tech simulator to perfect his talents, Storm claims first place ahead of the typical frontrunners including McQueen. After being repeatedly mocked by Storm and seeing many of his veteran racer friends being forced to retire, McQueen is not ready to accept his winning days could be numbered and pushes himself far beyond his limits resulting in a dramatic accident on the track and forcing him out of the game.
After remaining in hiding for a few months, perhaps suffering more from a damaged ego than anything else, McQueen is more determined than ever to return and beat Storm. As part of his recovery and along with encouragement from his close friends, McQueen checks into a prestigious training facility where he meets young Cruz Ramirez, a lively, highly skilled trainer technician and lifelong fan of Lightning. Cruz is determined to help McQueen return to his absolute best and she wants nothing more for him to be able to enter the big Florida 500 race and defeat Storm.
Cruz’s bubbly and feisty personality will have everyone smiling but it’s not until we spend a few scenes with Cruz we start to realize that perhaps even though while very focused on McQueen, she is, in fact, the most important element of the entire movie. Why? Throughout the movie, we begin to see moving character growth from Cruz which tackles a lot of very real issues but delivers the messages in a very smart and heart-warming way. As we continue to journey through the story with McQueen and Cruz we are reminded (but not lectured) that it doesn’t matter who you are, where you come from, how old you are, or if you’re a man or woman, we all dream. We all strive for our goals. We all have those moments when we feel like we aren’t good enough and want to give up, but most importantly we have to remember that we’re stronger than we think and it’s never too late to learn, pick ourselves up, and try again.
This is where McQueen starts to realize that his final shot at being the top racer could actually be the opportunity for someone else’s first and perhaps start something far more rewarding than any amount of race victories in the world.
In conclusion. Cars 3 is no doubt the best in the series so far. You can rejoice in being surrounded by animations and sounds that remind you why you first fell in love with Pixar’s Cars and then sit back and enjoy the ride as you’re taken through a journey of excitement, laughter, suspense and of course those ever so moving moments that Pixar is famous for. Are you really crying over an animated car? Yes, yes you are, and that’s ok! If you’re looking for one reason to go and see this movie, Cruz alone is an important character for young women but also for everyone to meet.
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.