Cars 3

Last updated on 22 June 2017

Cars 3 is a 2017 American 3D computer-animated comedy sports film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is the eighteenth Pixar feature film and the third installment in the Cars film franchise, following Cars 2 (2011). It is directed by Brian Fee, and stars the voices of Owen Wilson, Cristela Alonzo, Armie Hammer, Bonnie Hunt, Larry the Cable Guy, Nathan Fillion, Kerry Washington, and Lea DeLaria.[8] The film was released on June 16, 2017 and was a critical and commercial success .[9] It received generally positive reviews from critics, who praised the animation, voice actors, Randy Newman's musical score, subject matter, and many labeled it as an improvement over the predecessor, Cars 2. [10][11]

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As the Piston Cup season progresses, Lightning McQueen and his fellow veteran racers find themselves overshadowed by Jackson Storm, an arrogant racer who is part of a new generation who use the latest technology to boost their performance. As more and more next generation cars begin racing, the older racers gradually retire or are fired by their sponsors. During the final race of the season, Lightning tries to overtake Storm, but loses control and suffers a violent rollover crash.

Four months later, while recovering in Radiator Springs, 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. 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 becomes impatient with Cruz's methods and tries 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 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, Lightning spends most of the day helping Cruz get used to racing on sand. They travel to a dirt track on which Doc raced and inadvertently end up competing in a demolition derby, which Cruz ultimately wins. When Lightning rages at her for wasting his time, Cruz 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, and the two travel to Doc's hometown of Thomasville, where they meet Smokey and several of Doc's old friends. With help from Cruz, they coach Lightning 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. 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. 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 addition, several drivers and other racing-related personalities from NASCAR have roles or cameos, including Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Darrell Wallace Jr., Darrell Waltrip, Shannon Spake, Humpy Wheeler, Jeff Gordon, Daniel Suárez, Kyle Petty, Mike Joy, and Ray Evernham. Doc Hudson, voiced by Paul Newman, appears in flashbacks that include previously unused recordings of Newman from the first film.[20]


On August 17, 2013, Michael Wallis (voice of Sheriff in the films) told radio listeners that Cars 3 would go back to Route 66, and will also include Route 99.[21] At the Disney stockholder meeting on March 18, 2014, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Pixar had begun pre-production on Cars 3.[22] In October 2014, Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter revealed at the Tokyo International Film Festival that the film will feature a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki's film The Castle of Cagliostro, in a form of an old Citroën 2CV.[23]

Production began in summer 2014. On October 8, 2015, the film's release date was announced to be June 16, 2017.[9] On June 10, 2016, during an interview, John Lasseter, director of the previous Cars films, promised a very emotional story, similar in tone to the first film.[24] Co-writer Kiel Murray, who also co-wrote the original Cars, said of the return to the series roots, "With these franchises you always want to know who it’s about. The first movie was about McQueen, and the second movie was a sort of off-ramp to the Mater story. We wanted to get back to the McQueen story. When we looked at what would be next for him, we wondered what that would be like both as an athlete, and also for what he was dealing with in the rest of his life."[25]

On January 5, 2017, it was announced that Armie Hammer would play Jackson Storm, and Cristela Alonzo would play Cruz Ramirez.[8]


Cars 3 was released on theaters on June 16, 2017 in the United States in 3D,[9] and selected IMAX theaters,[26] accompanied by the Pixar short film Lou.[27] The film had a special screening for the NASCAR industry in Kannapolis, North Carolina on May 23, 2017.[28] The world premiere was held in Anaheim, California on June 10, 2017.[29]

Box office

As of June 20, 2017, Cars 3 has grossed $65.9 million in the United States and Canada and $21.3 million in other territories for a worldwide total of $87.3 million, against a production budget of $175 million.[7]

In North America, Cars 3 was released alongside Rough Night, 47 Meters Down and All Eyez on Me, and was projected to gross around $60 million from 4,256 theaters in its opening weekend.[30] It made $2.8 million from Thursday night previews and $19.5 million on its first day. It went on to open to $53.7 million, finishing first at the box office and dethroning two-time defender Wonder Woman. It marked the lowest opening of the series, but was the 16th Pixar film to debut at number one.[31]

Internationally, the film made $21.3 million from its opening from 23 markets, which was 9% more than Cars 2 and 29% more than Cars.[32]

Critical response

On review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes, the film has an approval rating of 66% based on 118 reviews, with an average rating of 6.2/10. 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."[33] On Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating, the film has a score of 59 out of 100, based on 39 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[34] Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "A" on an A+ to F scale.[31]


There are two soundtracks released for the film. The original motion picture soundtrack features rock/pop songs featured in the film, while the original score soundtrack features the score composed and conducted by Randy Newman.[35]

Cars 3 (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)[36]
No. Title Artist Length
1. "Run That Race" Dan Auerbach 2:43
2. "Kings Highway" James Bay 3:07
3. "Truckaroo" Brad Paisley 2:36
4. "Thunder Hollow Breakdown" Brad Paisley 4:49
5. "Glory Days" Andra Day 4:07
6. "Ride" ZZ Ward ft. Gary Clark Jr. 4:03
7. "Drive My Car" Jorge Blanco 2:42
8. "Freeway of Love" Lea DeLaria 4:30
Total length: 28:37

All music composed by Randy Newman[37].

Cars 3 (Original Score)
No. Title Length
1. "Storm's Winning Streak" 1:21
2. "When All Your Friends Are Gone / Crash" 3:44
3. "Doc's Painful Demise" 1:25
4. "Mater on the Horn" 0:28
5. "Sistine Chapel on Wheels" 1:05
6. "Temple of Rust-eze" 1:25
7. "A Career on a Wall / Electronic Suit" 3:20
8. "Drip Pan" 1:11
9. "McQueen's Wild Ride" 2:05
10. "Biggest Brand in Racing" 3:10
11. "Fireball Beach" 2:15
12. "Pull Over, Now! / Cruz's Racing Dreams" 1:59
13. "1.2%" 1:21
14. "If This Track Could Talk" 2:32
15. "Letters About You" 2:02
16. "Smokey Starts Training / A Blaze of Glory" 5:56
17. "Starting Dead Last" 1:41
18. "Flashback & Pit Stop" 3:32
19. "Through the Pack" 3:41
20. "Victory Lane" 3:50
21. "The Fabulous Lightning McQueen" 2:08
Total length: 50:11

Video game

A tie-in video game has been announced to accompany the film's release. It was developed by Avalanche Software, which was shut down by Disney in 2016, but was acquired and revived by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, it was released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Wii U, Xbox 360, and Xbox One on June 13, 2017 in North America[38] and it is set to be released in Europe on July 14, 2017,[39] and Japan on July 20, 2017. As Disney no longer develops and publishes video games after the release of Disney Infinity 3.0, Warner Bros. published the tie-in game.[40]


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