Cars 3 Batmobile Cameos

The universe in which Pixar’s animated franchise Cars exists is already confusing enough, and it was almost expanded to be even more perplexing in Cars 3 with several cameos inspired by a certain DC Comics superhero.

In a recent interview, director Brian Fee explained that a different version of Cars 3 almost saw Lightning McQueen end up in Los Angeles at a Hollywood party that would have been full of movie stars, including two different Batmobiles. That version of the story didn’t survive, but if it did, the existence of Batmobiles in the Cars universe would have been supremely strange.

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Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video

The time has come for Lightning McQueen to prove whether he still has some race left in him in Pixar Animation’s sequel, Cars 3. The next chapter in the racer’s story sees his career on the verge of ending as Jackson Storm and a whole crew of high-tech race cars enter the fray, leaving him as the resident old man on the track.

Now ESPN has chronicled Lightning McQueen’s career in a documentary short called 95: The Untold Story of Lightning McQueen, inspired by their acclaimed 30 for 30 series.

Watch the Lightning McQueen 30 for 30 video below. Read More »

Cars 3

The Cars movies have been the redheaded stepchildren of the Pixar filmography for just over a decade. While the films are a merchandising cash cow, the 2006 original and 2011 sequel are among Pixar’s weakest creative efforts, the latter being their outright worst. A more positive spin on Cars 3 might suggest that the studio has something to prove, that they wanted this movie to exist for reasons aside from selling toys. The good news is that Cars 3 is mercifully a step up from Cars 2; the less surprising news is that it’s not quite as good as the original.

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Cars 3

There are some people who seem to think it’s ridiculous to think about the universe of Pixar’s animated franchise Cars beyond its surface-level existence of a world where automobiles can talk just like animals have in countless Disney movies before. But there’s just something about the logistics of the Cars universe that raises a myriad of questions, and that can be frustrating, especially when Pixar goes out of their way to not answer them unless it’s important to the story or characters.

For anyone who thinks those asking the tough questions about the Cars universe are thinking way too hard about this concept, it must be pointed out that even the actors and actresses who lend their voices to the sentient vehicles in this weekend’s Cars 3 have their own questions about the world of Cars.

Watch as the voice cast poses their own Pixar Cars universe questions after the jump. Read More »

Cars 3

(Welcome to The Soapbox, the space where we get loud, feisty, and opinionated about something that makes us very happy…or fills us with indescribable rage. In this edition: why the world of Pixar’s Cars series, and the fan theories it inspires, are so frustrating.)

With a new Cars movie racing into theaters this week (Do you get it? “Racing”? Because Lightning McQueen is a race car; it’s funny because he races, just like the movie is racing into theaters), it’s time once again to revive that dormant question that has persisted for just over a decade. How exactly does the so-called “world of Cars” work? There are few answers within the movies themselves, so a few ideas have sprung up online. Have the cars adopted the personalities of their last human drivers? Did sentient cars take over the world, sending humans off on a massive intergalactic cruise ship for centuries? Did humans literally turn into cars? These theories have all gained a level of traction (Do you get it? Traction! I made another car-based pun!), while also remaining utterly ridiculous.

To be fair, I have previously written about my distaste for cinematic fan theories, few of which are more well-known than the Pixar Theory. But today, I come not to bury the Pixar Theory, or any of those other Cars-related theories; I come to empathize with them. I do genuinely think that each of the theories mentioned in the previous paragraph are utterly silly, and that a glut of such theorizing can do great harm to film discourse at large. But specific to the fan theories zooming around Cars (“Zooming”! I made another pun!), which will inevitably kick up again after Cars 3 opens this Friday, there’s a big question worth exploring: why do people feel the urge to crack the code of whatever’s going on in the Cars movies? While some other big mainstream films can inspire fan theories, such as Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy, why is it that the Cars movies have led to all manner of conspiracy-style ideas?

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Cars Honest Trailer

With the release of Cars 3 just a few days away, it should come as no surprise that Honest Trailers has decided to take a look back at the frequently panned film that started it all.

Cars is easily the movie that is given the most grief since it doesn’t quite measure up to the quality that Pixar Animation has delivered over the years. However, Cars 2 is even worse, and it’s the latter movie that takes the brunt of the insults thrown around, as well it should.

Watch the Cars Honest Trailer after the jump. Read More »

Final Cars 3 Trailer

The world of Pixar’s Cars may raise a number of disturbing questions that the writers actively avoid answering, but kids love these movies. Seriously. Talk to any retail employee who has worked in a toy section around the time a new movie comes out. But the first movie is now 11 years old and the young’uns who have literally grown up with these films are now staring down the barrel of young adulthood. They will soon realize that they will grow old. And die.

Welcome to Cars 3. And welcome to the final Cars 3 trailer.

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Paul Newman in Cars 3

Today, some of the entertainment sites around the web are reporting Paul Newman being credited as one of the many voices in Cars 3. That really shouldn’t be surprising since we heard his voice in one of the trailers for the movie already, but some are questioning what his role may be since Paul Newman passed away back in 2008, making it impossible for any new dialogue to be recorded for his character Doc Hudson, the aged racer who mentored Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson). Thankfully, we don’t have to guess, because we have the answer from the Cars 3 press day we participated in a few months ago.
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Cars 3 Clip

With the release of Cars 3 just a couple weeks away, Disney is ramping up the marketing for the Pixar Animation’s new sequel, which will focus on Lightning McQueen as we’ve never seen him before: old and outdated.

Cars 3 puts Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) in a tough spot as he’s faced with the challenge of being beaten by a brand new advanced race car on the scene named Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer). When a wreck during his first race with the new champ leaves him broken, he has to figure out how to mount a comeback, but without trying to be just like the new cars.

A new Cars 3 clip has debuted giving us a more proper introduction to Jackson Storm and what makes him such an efficient, seemingly unbeatable racer. However, the mere existence of this character also raises even more complicated questions about how the world of Cars operates. Watch the Cars 3 clip below to find out more. Read More »

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Sphero Lightning McQueen Toy

If you haven’t heard the name Sphero before, they’re the company that came out with the frequently in-demand, app-controlled, interactive toy version of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens droid BB-8. The high-priced item was a popular Christmas gift that flew off the shelves, and it even received a cool update not too long ago that allows users to control the droid like they’re using the Force.

Now Sphero has created a toy tied to one of Disney’s other lucrative sequels, Pixar Animation’s Cars 3. The electronic toy company has created one of the most lifelike toys of race car Lightning McQueen that have ever been made, complete with animated eyes, an animatronic mouth, emotive suspension and the voice of Owen Wilson, just like the character in the Cars franchise.

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