John Lasseter has teased that the film is a very emotional story and a little bit more akin to Cars (2006).
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.)
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).
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."
Smokey refers to Doc Hudson as "Hud", Paul Newman (the voice of Doc Hudson) previously played in Hud (1963) in the title role.
Lightning's friends are named Bobby Swift and Cal Weathers, which seem to be a nod to Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton Jr from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), which was released in the same year that the first Cars (2006) came out.
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."
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.
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.
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).
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).
This is the third film of the Cars series, which is the second Pixar series to ever have a third installment, the other being the Toy Story series.
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.
One of the locations Mack drives through is Arlo's family farm from Pixar's previous film The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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.
The last Pixar Film worked on by Daniel Gerson, who passed away during production over a year before the film's release.
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.
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.
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).
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 credits include many posters and signs from throughout the movie. This includes BnL, a company seen in WALL·E (2008).
The original Fabulous 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.
At the Detroit Auto Show, Pixar had revealed a life-size McQueen to promote the movie.
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).
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).
Fillmores license plate is 51237 which is George Carlin's birthdate, who originally voiced Fillmore in the first Cars (2006) movie.
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.
Cars 3 (2017) is only the 12th Non-Documentary theatrically released 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), and The Peanuts Movie (2015).
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.
Cinderella's carriage can be seen in sterling's office on the shelf at the rusteze training center.
The Luxo Jr. Ball is found on the hood of one of the Crazy-8 racers in the demolition derby.
In a direct quote from Jeff Gordon, he will be returning to Cars 3 (2017) as Jeff Gorvette.
Some of the next generation racers names are puns on the actors names. For example, Chase Racelott is voiced by Chase Elliot.
Sterling's office door at the Rust-Eze Racing Center says "A113", which was the number at Cal Arts.
Took just a month to gross more than $200 million. On July 16, 2017, it grossed $222.9 million.
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).
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.
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.
The third Pixar film to include "Also Sprach Zarathustra" after Toy Story 2 (1999) 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.
A sign is seen advertising the Sleep-Well Motel. This is a shadow to the Sleep-Well Motel from _Toy Story Of Terror (2013) (TV)_.
Some characters from Cars (2006) return such as Tex, The King, Albert Hinkey, and Bob Cutlass.
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).
A sign can be seen in the background advertising "Wild Bill's Racing Cones". This is a reference to Pixar worker, Bill Cone.
In the new clip with the Next Gen Racers, Storm says "Good luck out there champ. You're gonna need it". This is a reference to Toy Story 3 (2010) when the army soldiers left and Sarge said "Good luck folks". And then another solider said "You're gonna need it".
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).
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 (2011).
'Paul Dooley''s 4th film to involve racing after Cars (2006), Cars 2 (2011), and Turbo (2013).
Cheech Marin's 6th Animated Disney Films, after _Oliver and Company (1988)_, The Lion King (1994), _The Lion King 1 1/2 (2004) (V)_, and the Previous 2 Cars Films.
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).
In the clip with where McQueen and Cruz meet Miss Fritter, you might have seen the Pizza Planet truck zoom by on the track, but on a part that wasn't in the clip, one of the Crazy-8 racers smashes into the Pizza Planet truck and it's rocket flies into the stands.
Until it grossed $343.2 million on September 3, 2017, enough to outgross The Good Dinosaur (2015), this was Pixar's lowest grossing film.
Just like Cars 2 (2011), Lloyd Sherr plays the voice of Fillmore because of the original actor for Fillmore, George Carlin death in 2008.
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 as an actor after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and the Previous 2 Cars films.
Not only did A113 appear on Sterling's office door, but it also appears on Shannon Spokes' right side.
Miss Fritter's racing number is 58. This is a shadow to the year the actress for Miss Fritter was born, 1958.
All 3 Cars movies were released in June. The first Cars (2006) was released on June 9th 2006. Cars 2 (2011) was released on June 24th 2011. And Cars 3 (2017) was released on June 16th 2017.
One of the signs Miss Fritter has is the same West Cutting Boulevard sign that Andy has in Toy Story 3 (2010). And also, West Cutting Boulevard is the street Pixar is on.
Doc's hometown is Thomasville, Georgia. Paul Newman, who supplied the voice of Doc Hudson, was married to Joanne Woodward until his death. She was born in Thomasville, Georgia.
Is the first Cars film to not release the same year as a film in Warner Bros.' Happy Feat Franchise, of which the first Cars (2006) released the same year as the first Happy Feet (2006), and Cars 2 (2011) released the same year as Happy Feet Two (2011).
Mater sneezing is kind of similiar to Snot Rod's sneezing in the first Cars (2006).
During the end credits, a sticker appears reading "I love both kinds of music, country and western", This is a quote from The Blues Brothers (1980).
Was released in stores on November 7th, 2017, the same day that Cars (2006) was released in stores 11 years prior.
This movie is tied with Monsters Vs. Aliens (2009), Up (2009), A Christmas Carol (2009), Inside Out (2015), and The Good Dinosaur (2015) as the eighth most expensive animated film, with a budget of $175 million.
Only 14 Next Generation Racers have their names confirmed. The other 21 are unnamed.
There are six new sponsors for the race cars in this movie, SynerG, Combustr, IGNTTR, Blinkr, Triple Dent, and Carbon Cyber. In addition, six sponsors from Cars, (2006) Shifty Drug, Fiber Fuel, Sidewall Shine, Retread, Tach-O-Mint, and the unamed sponsor for Junior aren't sponsoring any cars in this movie.
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.
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.
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.
In the movie, the ViewZeen car's number is 39. Which is probably a reference to the old Disney short, Donald's Lucky Day (1939), which was released in 1939.