John Lasseter has teased that the film is a very emotional story and a little bit more akin to Cars 1.
Cars 3 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).
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.)
The Cars 3 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.
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.
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 Toy Story.
The second Pixar sequel due within the coming years, followed by The Incredibles 2 (2018) and Toy Story 4 (2019).
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.
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 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.
On November 20, 2016, a first teaser trailer was revealed, it had a dark atmosphere that left many child fans traumatized, making parents telling other parents to not to let their children watch the teaser.
In a direct quote from Jeff Gordon, he will be returning to Cars 3 as Jeff Gorvette.
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.
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).
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.
Released 2 weeks after Dreamworks' Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017) and 2 weeks before Illumination's Despicable Me 3 (2017).
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).
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