Most diehard Pixar fans probably don’t rank the Cars films amongst their favorites. They’re not the company’s most acclaimed or successful animated features, but they do sell a ton of toys and, whether you like these movies or not, at least a lot of kids seem to respond to them. The ensemble of talking cars, including Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), will return to theaters next summer.
The third installment, unlike its predecessor, is not a spy film. Below, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, John Lassetter, discusses the Cars 3 plot.
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In case you’ve forgotten, Disney and Pixar Animation still have Cars 3 on the way to theaters. With Finding Dory coming to theaters in June, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of short teaser trailer debuted with that Pixar sequel in order to get families excited about the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his trusty tow truck sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).
But when Cars 3 arrives next summer, Mater won’t be the only friend that Lightning McQueen has on the road. Some new concept art and details about the animated sequel introduce us to a new character, one who will help Lightning McQueen adapt to the fast-changing world of racing that seems to be leaving him behind as newer, more high-tech cars start leaving him in the dust.
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Posted on Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016 by Angie Han
UPDATE: Disney has reached out to let us know that its blog has made an error, and that Scanlon is not directing Cars 3. No director has been announced for the Pixar sequel. Original story follows.
You won’t find many Pixar fanatics who cite the two Cars movies as their favorites from the studio. The first Cars wasn’t bad, but it was a disappointment coming in the middle of Pixar’s impeccable early run, and the second Cars is still the only Pixar movie ever to get a “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say a lot of adult fans wouldn’t mind if Lightning McQueen and his friends just drove off into the sunset for good.
But Cars is absolutely huge with kids, and as a result this franchise draws in money by the truckload. Box office and home video sales are just the start of it. There are also toys, theme park attractions, and tons of other tie-in merchandise. So of course Pixar’s going to keep this thing running as long as they can. The studio announced a Cars 3 in 2014, and now they’ve finally revealed who’s behind the wheel: Monsters University director Dan Scanlon. Read More »
Posted on Monday, February 1st, 2016 by Jacob Hall
If you like movies with numbers in their titles, Sequel Bits is the news round-up for you! In today’s edition:
- Hugh Jackman offers an update on The Wolverine 3.
- Transformers 5 will begin filming very soon.
- Toni Collette joins XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
- Yes, Cars 3 will bring new Cars toys.
- Kung Fu Panda 3 does something very new…
- Jerry Bruckheimer is still trying to make Top Gun 2 happen.
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Posted on Thursday, October 8th, 2015 by Jacob Hall
Pixar fans already counting the days to Toy Story 4‘s 2017 release date need to reset their calendars. The fourth outing of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang has been officially pushed back a year, and that shiny parking space of a release date now belongs to Cars 3.
More on the new Toy Story 4 release date can be found after the jump.
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D23 Expo begins today in Anahiem California and the big Walt Disney Animation/Pixar Animation Studios presentation will happen at 3:00pm pacific time. The D23 Expo 2015 show floor has just opened revealing a Pixar display featuring posters for the studio’s upcoming slate, including our first look at promotional teaser posters for Toy Story 4, Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see the posters now.
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Disney head Bob Iger dropped a big piece of news offhandedly during the Disney Investor’s Meeting today, stating that Brad Bird is working on the story for The Incredibles 2 and that Pixar is also working on a new Cars movie.
No surprise with the Cars sequel; I’m sure they will continue that franchise until it runs out of gas and stops making them money in toy stores and at theme parks. The Incredibles sequel, on the other hand, is big news, and fans should be excited that Brad Bird is involved. No other details have yet been revealed.
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Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pixar lovers unhappy about the studio’s recent turn toward sequels won’t be happy to hear that yet another one may be racing down the pipeline.
Michael Wallis, a historical consultant and voice actor who’s worked on the two previous Cars films, has revealed that a third Cars is in the works. It’s unclear just how far along the project is at this point, but it’s far enough that he already has some plot details. Hit the jump to see what Wallis had to say.
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At any given time, the gang at Pixar has roughly half a dozen films in various stages of development, many of which the public is unaware of. Currently we know they have Monsters University out next month, Bob Peterson’s The Good Dinosaur out next Summer, Pete Docter’s Inside Out set for release Summer 2015 and Andrew Stanton’s Finding Dory, the sequel to Finding Nemo, out November 2015. Lee Unkrich is also making a still-untitled Día de los Muertos film which’ll be released somewhere in that time period. But, obviously, more is on the way.
Last week, Disney CEO Bob Iger did a conference call with shareholders and one small piece of information he mentioned has yet to be discussed. Iger said that, over the next five years, Pixar has “fantastic original stories as well as some great sequels to their previous hits.” That’s “sequels,” plural, meaning there must be at least one more beyond Finding Dory. Read the full quote and speculate below. Read More »