John Lasseter has teased that the film is a very emotional story and a little bit more akin to Cars (2006).
Some of Paul Newman's voice recordings for Doc Hudson that were cut out of Cars (2006) were used for this film, making it Newman's first posthumous role in a movie nearly 9 years after his death.
The film's premise mirrors the first film, in that McQueen is now an old racer (like The King) and Jackson Storm is a young rookie about to overtake him (just as McQueen had in the first film.)
Jackson Storm is seen racing at the Buy N Large raceway in the Next Generation Extended Look. Buy N Large originated in WALL·E (2008), another Pixar film, making this the second Pixar film to reference it, the first being Toy Story 3 (2010). Coincidentally, both are threequels.
One of the new racers is number 31 and is sponsored by Triple Dent gum, which was in the gum commercial that annoyed Anger from Inside Out (2015).
Director Brian Fee has mentioned that the film is a love letter to racing and the American way and it is inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.
This is the third film of the Cars series, which is the second Pixar series to ever have a third installment, the other being Toy Story.
Smokey refers to Doc Hudson as "Hud", Paul Newman (the voice of Doc Hudson) previously played in Hud (1963) in the title role.
The song Mater sings to himself is called "Put It in the Bag (The Humphrey Hop)" from the obscure Disney short cartoon series "Humphrey the Bear."
In June 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported that during the voice-actor recording process for Cars (2006), director John Lasseter spent a lot of time in the recording booth with Paul Newman, who often regaled him with stories about his life and his many years as a race car driver. Lasseter said, "In a way, he mentored me in racing because car racing was his true life's passion, and I made sure that whenever he came into the recording booth, we were recording everything. In between takes, he would tell me stories about great races, and you could hear the passion in his voice." These recordings eventually became what made it possible for Newman's character in Cars, Doc Hudson, to reappear in 2017's Cars 3 (2017)--even though that movie was released over eight years after Newman's death. Lasseter explained, "as we started Cars 3, we went back to every recording we did on Cars 1 and catalogued and listened to it all, and ended up with a lot of material that we could use. Lines that were cut from the original film and never used, as well as some of those pieces from in between takes."
All three Cars films were released the same year as a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Cars (2006) came out the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006), Cars 2 (2011) was released the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011), and Cars 3 (2017) will be released the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
Cars 3 (2017) will feature McQueen with his signature Cars look and bring back familiar characters from the original's Radiator Springs, including tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and auto-body shop owner Ramone (Cheech Marin).
Lightning's friends are named Cal and Bobby, which seems to be a nod to Cal and Ricky Bobby from Talladega Nights.
The Cars 3 (2017) teaser trailer suggests that this film has a much darker tone than its predecessors. As a result, a controversy began whether or not to allow young McQueen fans to watch this film. However, it left Cars critics unexpectedly anticipating this film.
The last Pixar Film worked on by Daniel Gerson, who passed away during production over a year before the film's release.
The first film in the Cars franchise to not be directed by John Lasseter, since he chose to direct Toy Story 4 (2019) instead, though he was replaced by 'Josh Cooley' part way through that film's production.
On Sterling's door to his office it has "A113" seen printed on the glass. A number commonly seen in Pixar films.
7th Film where Pixar's Bob Peterson voices a Character after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013) as Roz, Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016) as Mr. Ray, Up (2009) as Dug and Alpha, and Toy Story 3 (2010) as the Sunnyside Daycare's Janitor. In Cars 3 (2017) he voices Chick Hicks, after Michael Keaton was unavailable to reprise his role.
One of the locations Mack drives through is Arlo's family farm from Pixar's previous film The Good Dinosaur (2015).
The credits include many posters and signs from throughout the movie. This includes BnL, a company seen in WALL·E (2008).
A tie-in video game has been announced to accompany the film's release. It will be developed by Avalanche Software, which was shut down by Disney in 2016, but was acquired and revived by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. This makes Cars 3 (2017) the first Pixar Film to have a Video Game adaption since Brave (2012).
It is the third installment in the Cars franchise and is being directed by Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on Cars (2006) and Cars 2 (2011).
At the Detroit Auto Show, Pixar had revealed a life-size McQueen to promote the movie.
Cars 3 (2017) is only the 12th Non-Documentary film of the 2010s to have a G Rating by the MPAA. The other films being Toy Story 3 (2010), Ramona and Beezus (2010), Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Rio (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked (2011), Monsters University (2013), Rio 2 (2014), Shaun the Sheep Movie (2015) and The Peanuts Movie (2015).
Pixar's 3rd Follow Up film to have a Different Director from the Previous Films in the Franchise, after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Monsters University (2013).
The sound of the portable treadmill booting up is the same sound made by the Apple Macintosh computers. This is also the same sound WALL·E (2008) makes when he boots up.
The original Fabolous Hudson Hornet was driven by Herb Thomas. In the movie, Thomasville Motor Speedway is a nod to this fact. Also, Herb Thomas's crew chief was Henry "Smokey" Yunick, which is who the movie character Doc Hudson's crew chief Smokey is named after.
Lea DeLaria, the voice of Miss Fritter, has a first line of dialogue being the single word "Boo", likely a reference to her character's name on the Netflix series Orange is the New Black.
Little to no references are made to the events of Cars 2 (2011). The only parts to carry over include Doc Hudson's death, his medical office being converted into a museum, Lightning McQueen's newly installed headlights, the cameo of Jeff Gorvette, and a TV screen showing of the 2 cars in Paris kissing.
Pixar's first Follow Up film to have a Returning Viillain outside a Cameo, being Chick Hicks, the Main Antagonist of the first film having redeemed himself.
Fillmores license plate is 51237 which is George Carlin's birthdate, who originally voiced Fillmore in the first Cars (2006) movie.
Features more than 65 different individual racers, more than both of the previous Cars films combined, as Cars (2006) had 36, and Cars 2 (2011) had 11.
In a direct quote from Jeff Gordon, he will be returning to Cars 3 (2017) as Jeff Gorvette.
Cinderella's carriage can be seen in sterling's office on the shelf at the rusteze training center.
Some of the next generation racers names are puns on the actors names. For example, Chase Racelott is voiced by Chase Elliot.
If you look closely in the teaser, you'll notice some of the piston cup racers from the first Cars movie, suggesting that they'll be returning. Lil Torquey Pistons No. 117, Rev 'N' Go No. 73, View Zeen No. 39, Bumper Save No. 90, Sputter Stop No. 92, No Stall No. 123, and Shiny Wax No. 82. However, some of them have different paint jobs. Lil Torquey Pistons was originally dark blue, but in the teaser, he is red. Rev 'N' Go was originally Sky Blue, but in the teaser, she is dark blue. No Stall is red in the first cars movie, but in the teaser, he is blue.
The name of the Bus Character is Miss Fritter, a likely reference to the teacher Miss Frizzle from the PBS Animated Series The Magic School Bus (1994).
The third Pixar film to include "Also Sprach Zarathustra" after 'Toy Story 2' and WALL·E (2008).
Bubba Wheelhouse, Danny Swervez, Jackson Storm, Ryan Inside Laney, Chase Racelott, Tim Treadless, Ed Truncan, Herb Curbler, and H.J. Hollis are the only next generation racers confirmed to be released as diecasts by Mattel. The next generation Easy Idle and Re-volting racers will also be released, but they're exclusive to multi packs only sold on Amazon.
EASTER EGG: The Pizza Planet truck is seen sitting in the grass in the Cinemark connections trailer.
Doc Hudson is referred to as "Hud," which was the name of Paul Newman's character in Hud (1963)
The Luxo Jr. Ball is found on the hood of one of the Crazy-8 racers in the demolition derby.
Sterling's office door at the Rust-Eze Racing Center says "A113", which was the number at Cal Arts.
This is the first Pixar movie where Bob Peterson voices a character from a previous movie that wasn't voiced by him (In this case, Chick Hicks, who was voiced by Michael Keaton in the first film).
Bob Peterson now voices Chick Hicks in Cars 3, instead of Michael Keaton who voiced Chick Hicks in Cars (2006).
A sign is seen advertising the Sleep-Well Motel. This is a shadow to the Sleep-Well Motel from Toy Story Of Terror.
Some characters from Cars (2006) return such as Tex, The King, Albert Hinkey, and Bob Cutlass.
When the treadmill Cruz brings to fireball beach with her finishes opening, it plays the sound from Wall-E when Wall-E has to go to work.
Bonnie Hunt's 7th Pixar film after A Bug's Life (1998), _Monsters Inc. (2001)_, Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and Monsters University (2013).
Three-time Formula 1 racing champion, Lewis Hamilton cameos as the voice of Hamilton, Cruz Ramirez's onboard computer. He previously voiced himself as WGP racer "Lewis" in Cars 2.
Took just a month to gross more than $200 million. On July 16, 2017, it grossed $222.9 million.
A sign can be seen in the background advertising "Wild Bill's Racing Cones". This is a reference to Pixar worker, Bill Cone.
Cars 3 (2017) is the fourth Pixar film where a character is voiced by a new actor, which applies to Chick Hicks. The first was Slinky and Andy (younger at the start of the film) in Toy Story 3 (2010), the second was Fillmore in Cars 2 (2011), and third time was Nemo, Squirt and Jacques in Finding Dory (2016).
Just like Cars 2 (2011), Lloyd Sherr plays the voice of Fillmore because of the original actor for Fillmore, George Carlin's death.
Released 2 weeks after Dreamworks' Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) and 2 weeks before Illumination's Despicable Me 3 (2017).
Despite somewhat different appearances, the cars that race for Trunk Fresh, Shiny Wax, Bumper Save, Sputter Stop, Spare O Mint, Lil Torquey Pistons, and No Stall at the beginning of the movie are the same cars that raced for them in Cars (2006).
Guido Quaroni's 4th Pixar film after Monsters Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011).
The second Cars film where Mack calls McQueen, "boss", after the first Cars (2006). He didn't do so though in Cars 2 (2011) because of his minority.
Though_Cars 3 (2017)_ is not confirmed to be the last film in the Franchise, all 3 films in the Franchise released between the Gap of the 1st and 2nd films in The Incredibles (2004) Franchise.
Multiple cars that bear sponsors from Cars (2006) use different numbers. In Cars, the Re-volting racer used the number 84. In Cars 3, the Re-volting racers use the number 48. In Cars, the Vitoline racer used the number 61. In Cars 3, the Vitoline racers use the number 24. In Cars, the Octane Gain racer used the number 58. In Cars 3, the Octane Gain racers use the number 19. In Cars, the Easy Idle racer used the number 51. In Cars 3, the Easy Idle racers use the number 15. In Cars, the Transberry Juice racer used the number 63. In Cars 3, the Transberry Juice racers use the number 6.
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