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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]

Running Time

109 minutes (1 hour, 49 minutes)[6]

Film Guide

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"From this moment, everything will change."
—Tagline from the Cars 3 teaser trailer[7]

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.[7]


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!"[7]

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.[8][9]

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.[10]



Returning characters

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.[28] In March 2014, Disney officially confirmed that Pixar is in pre-production of the third Cars film.[29] 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.[10]

The film was implied at the 2015 São Paulo Disney Expo to be released in 2018,[30] before Lasseter later said in an interview with Autoweek that it would either be released in summer 2018 or 2019.[31] 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.[7][32] 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.[33] The extended look included all of the footage from the first teaser trailer, with an additional fifty seconds of film footage.[34]

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.[12]

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.[35] It was confirmed on April 5 to be titled Cars 3: Driven to Win, and to be released on June 13 for PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and Nintendo Switch.[36][37] Its European release was announced as July 14, with the United Kingdom selling the Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One versions exclusively in Argos stores,[38] and according to the EB Games website for Australia, the game will be released in Australia on June 14.[39]


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.[40]

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.[18]

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.[9]

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.[19][20] Lewis Hamilton, who previously voiced a character of the same name in Cars 2, was revealed one day later to voice Hamilton.[21]

On March 29, 2017, Chris Cooper, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Junior Johnson and Margo Martindale were confirmed as part of the cast.[23]

On April 14, ZZ Ward and Gary Clark Jr.'s original song for the film, "Ride", was released on the DisneyMusicVEVO YouTube channel, iTunes and Amazon, while a mix of rock and pop songs was also confirmed for the soundtrack.[41] On May 18, it was revealed that the film will have two soundtracks focusing on songs and score, both set to be released coincidentally.[42]

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Cars 3 - Official US Trailer

On April 25, 2017, a teaser for the film revealed that a full trailer would be uploaded the next day.[43] It was released on that day on Pixar's YouTube channel, showing Sterling telling McQueen that his career is going to come to an end, and Cruz joining in to train McQueen.[44]

On April 30, the Radio Disney Music Awards showed a trailer lasting one minute, described as a sneak peek by Disney Channel.[45]

On May 7, an international trailer was released in Japan, showing some extra shots not shown in the US trailers, such as Sally's reaction to McQueen's crash, the appearance of Rusty and Dusty Rust-eze, and McQueen looking at pictures and newspapers of his and Doc's histories.[46]

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Cars 3 "Rivalry" Official Trailer

On May 10, Pixar released a "Rivalry" trailer online, which shows more of Storm's rivalry with McQueen, McQueen being shown around the Rust-eze Racing Center and struggling on the simulator, and Luigi and Guido dealing with the paparazzi asking McQueen questions about a possible retirement.[47]

On May 25, Lewis Hamilton revealed a clip of the film on his Facebook, Twitter and Instagram accounts, showing Cruz introducing her voice command assistant, Hamilton, to McQueen while they are training at the beach.[48][49][50]


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

Title in other languages

Language Name Meaning
Polish Auta 3 Car 3
Czech Auta 3 Auta 3


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

Notes and references

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 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. Cars 3 | AMC Theatres
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 "Cars 3 Official US Teaser Trailer" on YouTube
  8. "Cars 3 "Lightning Strikes" Extended Look" on YouTube
  9. 9.0 9.1 The New Cars 3 Next Generation Extended Look
  10. 10.0 10.1 John Lasseter Hails Hayao Miyazaki, Japan and the Joy of Juxtaposition
  11. Owen Wilson: "Men trust the chicks" (in Italian)
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 "Cars 3 first look: Meet Pixar's new millennials". EW.
  13. Larry the Cable Guy on Twitter
  14. Disney Pixar Returns to NAIAS with Cars 3 – Interview with Jay Ward and Jay Shuster + Extended Look! #Cars3 #NAIAS #DetroitlovesAutos
  15. 'Cars 3': How Pixar Channeled Paul Newman to Get Back on Track — Watch New Trailer
  16. After playing on-screen dad to Molly, Helen and Julia, Paul Dooley gets to play himself
  17. 17.00 17.01 17.02 17.03 17.04 17.05 17.06 17.07 17.08 17.09 17.10 17.11 Disney-Pixar 'Cars 3' Key Cast and Characters Roll Out
  18. 18.00 18.01 18.02 18.03 18.04 18.05 18.06 18.07 18.08 18.09 18.10 18.11 18.12 'Cars 3' gears up for season-long ride with NASCAR
  19. 19.0 19.1 Kerry Washington Is a 'Super-Smarty-Pants' Red Sports Car in Cars 3 First Look
  20. 20.0 20.1 20.2 Cars 3 photos introduce Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion as new characters
  21. 21.0 21.1 Cars 3 reveals new details about Kerry Washington, Nathan Fillion and Lewis Hamilton's characters
  22. Channel 4 F1 coverage of the 2017 Russian Grand Prix.
  23. 23.0 23.1 23.2 23.3 23.4 New 'Cars 3' characters inspired by NASCAR legends
  24. "Cars 3 - Official US Trailer" on YouTube
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 25.7 25.8 25.9 Cars 3 1:55 Scale Die-Cast line
  26. 26.0 26.1 26.2 Cars | Disney Store
  27. 27.00 27.01 27.02 27.03 27.04 27.05 27.06 27.07 27.08 27.09 27.10 27.11 27.12 27.13 27.14 27.15 27.16 27.17 27.18 27.19 27.20 27.21 27.22 27.23 27.24 27.25 27.26 27.27 27.28 27.29 27.30 27.31 27.32 27.33 27.34 27.35 27.36 27.37 27.38 Marcus Errico (April 27, 2017). "'Cars 3' Exclusive: New Toy Vehicles Put Radiator Springs, Next-Gen Racers in Your Pocket". Yahoo Movies.
  28. Voice actor says 'Cars 3' in the works, will feature California's Route 99
  29. Disney Plans Third 'Cars,' 'The Incredibles 2'
  30. 'Cars 3' and 'Incredibles 2' Slated For 2018 and 2019 Release Dates?
  31. Pixar Motorama is the coolest car show you've never heard of
  32. Mendelson, Scott (November 30, 2016). "Why Disney's 'Cars 3' Marketing Went So Dark". Forbes.
  33. Makuch, Eddie (January 3, 2017). "New Cars 3 Trailer Coming Next Week". GameSpot.
  34. Cars 3 Extended Sneak Peek Trailer. Cosmic Book News.
  35. McAloon, Alissa (January 24, 2017). "Disney Infinity dev revived and re-opened by Warner Bros.". Gamasutra.
  36. Cars 3: Driven to Win Release Date Revealed
  37. Former Disney Infinity Dev's New Game Cars 3: Driven To Win Coming Soon
  38. Cars 3: Driven To Win On Nintendo Switch Is An Argos Exclusive In The UK
  39. Cars 3: Driven to Win - EB Games Australia
  40. Truitt, Brian (February 1, 2017). "Sneak peek: Pixar's new 'Lou' short tackles playground bullying". USA Today.
  41. "Cars 3 Soundtrack First Listen: ZZ Ward & Gary Clark Jr's Energetic Track, 'Ride' and Dancing With The Stars Performance," Pixar Post, April 14, 2017.
  42. "'Cars 3' Receives an Impressive Two-Soundtrack Release (Covers, Originals & Score) [UPDATED Track-Listing & Pre-Order]". Pixar Post. May 18, 2017.
  43. New Cars 3 Teaser; Official Trailer Arrives Tomorrow
  44. Lightning McQueen Faces Retirement In The Full Trailer For Pixar's 'Cars 3'
  45. 'Cars 3' Disney Channel Sneak-Peek Trailer Airs During The Radio Disney Music Awards (RDMAs)
  46. New Cars 3 Trailer Takes Lightning McQueen Back To Where It All Began
  47. New 'Cars 3' Trailer Greases Wheel For Rocky-Like Showdown
  48. Lewis Hamilton on Facebook
  49. Lewis Hamilton on Twitter
  50. Lewis Hamilton on Instagram
Cars 3
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Brian FeeKevin ReherDaniel GersonRandy Newman

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