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John Lasseter says Pixar’s “Cars 3” is very emotional, much closer in tone to the first film

in Disney, Entertainment, Movies, Movies & TV, Pixar

There sure are a lot of mixed feelings about Pixar’s Cars franchise.

On one hand, you have people who could not forgive the tonal shift of the second film. On the other, you have people like myself who are relentless Cars apologists and simply watch the films for their charm and spitfire wit. No matter where you stand on the spectrum, you can’t deny that Pixar’s passion for the franchise is intact.

With the announcement of Cars 3 gracing the Internet some time ago and Finding Dory on the horizon, Pixar exec and director John Lasseter teased a bit about the third film in a quick interview with Entertainment Weekly:

“Lightning McQueen, he’s awesome. We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him,” Lasseter said Wednesday. “It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson.”

The late, great Paul Newman voiced Doc in the original film, but due to his unfortunate death, the character did not make an appearance in Cars 2. So, it will be very interesting to see McQueen deal with the emotional weight in the Cars 3.

Cars 3 looks to skid into theaters on June 16, 2017 and we’ll have all the details for you as they’re released. In the meantime, let me know what you think. Are you a fan of the franchise? Give me some feedback and comments below!

2 Comments

  1. EricJ

    (Thank you.)

    Nobody wants to say it, but this feels like the “Apology” do-over for Cars 2:
    Cars 2 was schizophrenically two different movies–Lightning’s World Rally, and Mater’s Spy Caper–and from interviews at the time, sounded like Lasseter went in hoping for more of Lightning’s racing movie.
    Early rumors have the Cars 3 story back on California’s scenic highways, and that scenic “Life is a highway” idea was the biggest thing missing from 2. The other was the idea of the characters’ friendship, which ended up reduced to just a subplot of the subplot.

  2. Morgan @ Gone with the Words

    I loved the first Cars movie! It used to be one I watched all the time; Cars 2 is one of the only Pixar movies I don’t own, I’m not a fan at all. So it makes me happy to hear that Cars 3 will be closer in tone to the first! I’m curious to see where the story will go and I love Radiator Springs and all the characters. Plus Cars Land at California Adventure is so wonderful.

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