Cars 3 is a computer-animated sports comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures. It is a threequel to Cars, and takes place after Cars 2. It once again follows Lightning who is having a midlife crisis, and sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he is still the best racecar in the world.
Much like the original movie, Cars 3 received positive reviews from critics, who praised the animation, humor, emotional story, and for being an improvement over the second film although I personally liked all three. I also enjoyed the film as much as I enjoyed the first two, praising the animation, humor, emotional story, voice acting, characters, and paying tribute to Cars character Doc Hudson. However, I criticized the lack of uses of Lightning saying "Kachow!", which was a quote that felt really important for him for a Cars movie.
Why I Love It
- Great voice acting, especially from professional actors and NASCAR drivers.
- The animation is a great step-up from the first two movies and other previous Pixar movies.
- The characters from the first two movies are still likable.
- The humor that made Cars hilarious is still funny.
- It pays a touching tribute to the great Doc Hudson by showing flashbacks of him throughout the movie.
- Lots of references to Cars 2, such as Doc's death, his medical office being turned into a museum, Lightning's newly-installed headlights, a cameo from Jeff Gorvette, a picture of Miles Axelrod (if you notice close enough) in Sterling's office, and a TV screen showing John and Nancy, the two cars in Paris, kissing.
- We get to see more of Mack a lot.
- It has some of the most emotional moments in the entire Cars series.
- While Mater doesn’t appear that often, he is still a major character in the story.
- The Florida 500 track looks amazing!
- Great story, which combines nostalgia (which came from the original 2006 movie) and new elements, and focusing on Lightning yet again.
- It is even better than Cars 2, which was actually a good movie otherwise, but this time, it focuses on Lightning.
- Amazing soundtrack, featuring the original score and new songs by Dan Auerbach, James Bay, and ZZ Ward & Gary Clark, Jr..
- It is ridiculous that Lightning participates, yet he decides to quit in order to be Cruz's coach. Granted, it was nicely-executed, but Lightning still should have won.
- While emotional, the scene where Lightning yells at Cruz is harsh.
- Lightning's crash is kind of messed-up and sort of disturbing. Still curiously, it reminds us of Doc Hudson's crash "back in '54".
- The lack of Kachows for Lightning can be extremely ridiculous often.
- First Cars movie to not be directed by John Lasseter. It was instead directed by Pixar storyboard artist Brian Fee. However, John is still credited as executive producer.
- This is the only film in the Cars series to never have a main antagonist with a green outline.
- This is Pixar's 12th G-rated movie, after Monsters University.
- Only Cars movie without having Lightning say his famous catchphrase "KACHOW!"
- Owen Wilson as Lightning McQueen
- Larry the Cable Guy as Mater
- Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera
- Cristela Alonzo as Cruz Ramirez
- Armie Hammer as Jackson Storm
- Paul Newman as Doc Hudson (archived recordings)
- Chris Cooper as Smokey
- Cheech Marin as Ramone
- Tony Shalhoub as Luigi
- Guido Quaroni as Guido
- Jenifer Lewis as Flo
- Michael Wallis as Sheriff
- Lloyd Sherr as Fillmore
- Paul Dooley as Sarge
- Katherine Helmond as Lizzie
- John Ratzenberger as Mack
- Jerome Ranft as Red, Additional Voices
- Bob Peterson as Chick Hicks, Dr. Damage
- Richard Petty as The King
- Lea DeLaria as Miss Fritter
- Bob Costas as Bob Cutlass
- Darrell Waltrip as Darrell Cartrip
- Kerry Washington as Natalie Certain
- Kyle Petty as Cal Weathers
- Humpy Wheeler as Tex
- Tom Magliozzi as Rusty Rust-eze
- Ray Magliozzi as Dusty Rust-eze
- Angel Oquendo as Bobby Swift (uncredited)
- Shannon Spake as Shannon Spokes
- Daniel Suárez as Danny Swervez
- Chase Elliot as Chase Racelott
- Ryan Blaney as Ryan Laney
- Darrell "Bubba" Wallace Jr. as Bubba Wheelhouse
- Junior Johnson as Junior Moon
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as River Scott
- Margo Martindale as Louise Nash
- Madelaine McGraw as Maddy McGear
- Lewis Hamilton as Hamilton
- Ray Evernham as Ray Reverham
- Jeff Gordon as Jeff Gorvette
- Mike Joy as Mike Joyride
- Deidrich Bader as Brick Yardley
- Andra Day as Sweet Tea
- Jeremy Maxwell as Arvy (uncredited)
- Douglas Keever as Albert Hinkey (uncredited)