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Cars 3
Film Information
Directed By

Brian Fee[1]

Produced By

Kevin Reher[2]

Screenplay By

Daniel Gerson[3]

Music By

Randy Newman[4]

Theater Release

June 16, 2017[5]

Film Guide

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"From this moment, everything will change."
—Tagline from the Cars 3 teaser trailer[6]

Cars 3 is an upcoming animated feature film by Pixar Animation Studios, set for release on June 16, 2017.[5] It is the third film in the Cars series, and it is a direct sequel to Cars and Cars 2. The film is directed by Brian Fee and produced by Kevin Reher, with screenplay by Daniel Gerson and music by Randy Newman.

The film's story takes place during the 2017 Piston Cup season. Long-time champion Lightning McQueen is beginning to struggle with new next-generation competitors, including the cocky Jackson Storm. Following a large crash, McQueen turns to racing trainer and technician Cruz Ramirez for help with recovery.[6]


Official synopsis

"Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn't through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!"[6]

Additional details

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Storm wins the Dinoco 400.

During the 2017 Piston Cup season, several new rookies have made their debut. Among them is Jackson Storm, a next-generation custom-built race car who has received advanced simulation training, and possesses incredible racing abilities. The rookie develops a rivalry with racing veteran Lightning McQueen, who struggles to beat Storm. Storm receives at least three victories throughout the season, including at the Dinoco 400 at the Motor Speedway of the South.

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McQueen and Ramirez visit the Thomasville Speedway.

At one point during the racing season, McQueen suffers a serious accident, receiving immense damage and injuries. During his recovery, McQueen turns to Rust-eze Racing Center technician Cruz Ramirez, who assists her idol in training to beat Storm at the upcoming Florida 500 event. Their efforts include visiting the Thomasville Speedway, an abandoned Piston Cup race track, and practicing at Willy's Butte.[7][8]

The film also involves Route 99, a road that runs through central California. According to John Lasseter, the film will feature an old Citroën 2CV that pays tribute to Hayao Miyazaki's film The Castle of Cagliostro.[9]



Returning characters

It is possible that some Piston Cup racers from previous installments may return, as many racers with similar appearances can be seen in trailers for the film.[6]

New characters


Daniel Gerson was reported to be one of the screenwriters when he died on February 6, 2016.[3] During an interview with The Advertiser, Randy Newman confirmed he will be the composer.[4] According to USA Today, Brian Fee will be the director.[1] Kevin Reher was also revealed to be the producer, according to Disney's Twitter account for Latin America.[2]


Cars 3 was officially announced to be in the works on October 17, 2013, when Michael Wallis confirmed some details about the film, including that the film would take place on California's Route 99.[22] In March 2014, Disney officially confirmed that Pixar is in pre-production of the third Cars film.[23] In October 2014, John Lasseter revealed at the Tokyo International Film Festival that the film will feature a tribute to Hayao Miyazaki's film The Castle of Cagliostro in a form of an old Citroën 2CV.[9]

The film was implied at the 2015 São Paulo Disney Expo to be released in 2018,[24] before Lasseter later said in an interview with Autoweek that it would either be released in summer 2018 or 2019.[25] On October 8, 2015, Disney confirmed the release date to be June 16, 2017, pushing Toy Story 4 back by a year.[5]


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Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer

The first teaser trailer for Cars 3 was released on Pixar Animation Studios' official YouTube channel on November 21, 2016, and was shown before theatrical showings of Disney's animated film Moana, beginning on November 22, 2016.[6][26] The teaser depicts a race at the Los Angeles International Speedway, with various shots of Piston Cup racers, including Lightning McQueen and Jackson Storm. McQueen is leading the race when his tire blows out, and he suffers a career-jeopardizing crash.

Cars 3 Extended Sneak Peek – In Theatres in 3D June 1601:31

Cars 3 Extended Sneak Peek – In Theatres in 3D June 16

Beginning December 31, 2016, American sports channels began airing commercials advertising a new exclusive look at the film, which would be aired at 8:00 PM EST on January 9, 2017 during the college football playoff national championship on ESPN.[27] The extended look included all of the footage from the first teaser trailer, with an additional fifty seconds of film footage.[28]

On January 5, 2017, Pixar's social media pages released three teaser videos giving a detailed look at the models of McQueen, Storm, and Ramirez, in addition to revealing Armie Hammer and Cristela Alonzo as Storm's and Ramirez' voice actors, respectively.[11]

On January 24, 2017, Avalanche Software, the company that produced the Disney Infinity games, announced they were working on a video game for the film alongside Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, on the same day that Avalanche announced their reopening.[29]


Chick Hicks in the Ukrainian trailer.

On January 31, 2017, Disney Ukraine released a video on Twitter. The video is identical to the "Lightning Strikes" teaser trailer, with the only notable difference being what Lightning McQueen is watching on Mack's television. In the Ukrainian trailer, Lightning is watching a video of Chick Hicks, but in all other versions, there is only a still image of a large rock foundation. This version of the trailer was later released in the United States, and it is shown before theatrical showings of The Lego Batman Movie.

On February 1, 2017, Pixar announced a short called Lou to be shown in theatres with Cars 3.[30]

On February 23, 2017, Pixar and NASCAR announced a Cars 3 tour to occur throughout the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and Owen Wilson to be grand marshal for the Daytona 500, along with Richard Petty, Jeff Gordon, Darrell Waltrip and H. A. Wheeler reprising their roles in the film, and eight more new characters to be voiced by Kyle Petty, Shannon Spake, Ray Evernham, Chase Elliott, Ryan Blaney, Bubba Wallace, Daniel Suárez and Mike Joy.[15]

Cars 3 “Next Generation” Extended Look - In Theatres June 1601:31

Cars 3 “Next Generation” Extended Look - In Theatres June 16

On February 26, 2017, Pixar released another extended look, which includes many new shots from the film.[8]

Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion, and Lea DeLaria were announced as cast members on March 8, 2017, playing the roles of Natalie Certain, Sterling, and Miss Fritter, respectively.[16][17] Lewis Hamilton, who previously voiced a character of the same name in Cars 2, was revealed one day later to voice Hamilton.[18]


For this subject's image gallery, see Cars 3/Gallery.

Title in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Polish Auta 3 Car 3


  • This is the first time John Lasseter has not directed a film in the Cars franchise, exceptions including the Planes films.

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Sneak peek: 'Cars 3' zooms ahead with new character Cruz Ramirez
  2. 2.0 2.1 Disney Studios LA Twitter (9:00 AM - 31 May 2016 Tweet)
  3. 3.0 3.1 Daniel Gerson, Writer of 'Cars 3,' 'Monsters, Inc.' Dies At 49
  4. 4.0 4.1 Newman on Putin, people, politics, music
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Disney Announces Release Dates for 'Incredibles 2,' 'Cars 3'
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 6.3 6.4 "Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer" on YouTube
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 7.4 7.5 7.6 "Cars 3 "Lightning Strikes" Extended Look" on YouTube
  8. 8.0 8.1 The New Cars 3 Next Generation Extended Look
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 John Lasseter Hails Hayao Miyazaki, Japan and the Joy of Juxtaposition
  10. Owen Wilson: "Men trust the chicks" (in Italian)
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 "Cars 3 first look: Meet Pixar's new millennials". EW.
  12. Larry the Cable Guy on Twitter
  13. After playing on-screen dad to Molly, Helen and Julia, Paul Dooley gets to play himself
  14. 14.00 14.01 14.02 14.03 14.04 14.05 14.06 14.07 14.08 14.09 14.10 14.11 14.12 14.13 14.14 14.15 14.16 14.17 14.18 14.19 Disney-Pixar 'Cars 3' Key Cast and Characters Roll Out
  15. 15.00 15.01 15.02 15.03 15.04 15.05 15.06 15.07 15.08 15.09 15.10 15.11 15.12 15.13 15.14 15.15 15.16 15.17 15.18 15.19 15.20 15.21 15.22 15.23 15.24 'Cars 3' gears up for season-long ride with NASCAR
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Kerry Washington Is a 'Super-Smarty-Pants' Red Sports Car in Cars 3 First Look
  17. 17.0 17.1 17.2 17.3 17.4 Cars 3 photos introduce Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion as new characters
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Cars 3 reveals new details about Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lewis Hamilton's characters
  19. Disney UA on Twitter
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 20.3 20.4 20.5 Cars 3 1:55 Scale Die-Cast line
  21. 21.0 21.1 21.2 21.3 21.4 Stitch Kingdom on Twitter - This photo was taken at Mattel's exhibit at Toyfair 2017. The image is of the cardback of one the exhibited toys.
  22. Voice actor says 'Cars 3' in the works, will feature California's Route 99
  23. Disney Plans Third 'Cars,' 'The Incredibles 2'
  24. 'Cars 3' and 'Incredibles 2' Slated For 2018 and 2019 Release Dates?
  25. Pixar Motorama is the coolest car show you've never heard of
  26. Mendelson, Scott (November 30, 2016). "Why Disney's 'Cars 3' Marketing Went So Dark". Forbes.
  27. Makuch, Eddie (January 3, 2017). "New Cars 3 Trailer Coming Next Week". GameSpot.
  28. Cars 3 Extended Sneak Peek Trailer. Cosmic Book News.
  29. McAloon, Alissa (January 24, 2017). "Disney Infinity dev revived and re-opened by Warner Bros.". Gamasutra.
  30. Truitt, Brian (February 1, 2017). "Sneak peek: Pixar's new 'Lou' short tackles playground bullying". USA Today.
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Lightning McQueenCruz RamirezJackson StormMackTow MaterSally CarreraSargeFillmoreSheriffLuigiGuidoFloRamoneLizzieDoc HudsonChick HicksStrip WeathersCal WeathersChase RacelottTim TreadlessDanny SwervezRyan LaneyBubba WheelhouseShannon SpokesRay ReverhamMike JoyrideBrick YardleyReb MeekerBuck BearinglyBobby SwiftChip GearingsTommy HighbanksJeff GorvetteDarrell CartripBob CutlassNatalie CertainSterlingMiss FritterSmokeyLouise NashRiver ScottRusty and Dusty Rust-ezeTex DinocoHamilton
Owen WilsonCristela AlonzoArmie HammerLarry the Cable GuyBonnie HuntPaul DooleyCheech MarinRichard PettyKyle PettyChase ElliottDaniel SuárezRyan BlaneyDarrell Wallace Jr.Shannon SpakeRay EvernhamMike JoyJeff GordonDarrell WaltripKerry WashingtonNathan FillionLea DeLariaH. A. WheelerLewis Hamilton
Brian FeeKevin ReherDaniel GersonRandy Newman

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