Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.
Cars is likely the least popular of the Pixar franchises. I’m not sure why so many people love to take shots at the Cars franchise. I will admit that I thought the 60’s spy thriller inspired Cars 2 was a step down from the original Cars, I personally enjoyed both of the movies in the series, and I’m happy to say the same for Cars 3 that I recently watched for the first time on Digital HD.
As the aforementioned Cars 2 borrowed from the 60’s, I can’t help but think that Cars 3 might have borrowed some basic ideas from the 80’s. Although this time, it was from a totally different action movie, Rocky (or more specifically it might be Rocky III). We find the star of the series, Lightening McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) being beaten by a younger and stronger sports car (Jackson Storm voiced by Armie Hammer). McQueen loses sponsorship and contemplates retirement, but with the help of a new trainer (Cruz Ramirez voiced by Cristela Alonzo), he makes a comeback.
Rocky III follows a similar formula. Rocky is handily beaten by a younger and more powerful fighter named Clubber Lang. He seeks out some training help from Apollo Creed who tries some new training techniques to help Rocky overcome Clubber’s dominance. After they are not as successful as they hoped (Doc, McQueen’s old trainer, makes a few appearances in the movie using previously recorded footage from Paul Newman in his last movie role), they return to the classic training methods that made Rocky a champion. If you were to make a few changes with characters with Clubber Lang being Jackson Storm, Rocky as Lightening McQueen and Cruz Ramirez as Apollo, you can really see a nice comparison in the films. The movies are obviously created for very different audiences, and they are certainly not identical, but you can’t help but see the similarities.
I won’t spoil the details of the rest of the story, but I’m sure you’ll likely guess where it’s going. The graphics in the film really pop and are full of amazing environments. There is a good soundtrack, and I really enjoyed the 3rd installment of Cars. While I think it’s likely the last, it took a turn back to the original story, and I for one wouldn’t mind seeing another movie that could further the story.
Blu-ray & Digital:
- Theatrical Short: “Lou” – When a toy-stealing bully ruins recess for a playground full of kids, only one thing stands in his way: the “Lost and Found” box.
- Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool (Exclusive new mini-movie) – Enjoy blindsided testimonials from the Crazy 8’s, touting the transformative impact Miss Fritter’s Racing School has had in reshaping the direction of their lives.
- Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts the crazy in the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria.
- Legendary – a close, historical look at the racing legends Wendell Scott and Louise Smith, whose tenacity and perseverance got them into the race even when they weren’t invited.
- Ready for the Race – Disney Channel’s Olivia Rodrigo and NASCAR Racer William Byron check out the Hendrick Motorsports campus to showcase how real-world race training influenced the filmmakers.
- World’s Fastest Billboard – Blink and you will miss all of the graphics and “car-ified” advertisements created by Pixar’s Art team to make the ”Cars 3” world as believable as possible.
- Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo and the filmmakers on their journey to create a race-car trainer turned champion racer.
- Generations: The Story of “Cars 3” – For the story team, creating Lightning McQueen’s next chapter didn’t involve just a tune-up, but a complete overhaul.
- My First Car – A collection of illustrated first-car stories as narrated by members of the “Cars 3” cast and crew. “A Green Car on the Red Carpet with Kerry Washington,” “Old Blue,” and “Still in the Family.”
- 5 Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is set up with an introduction as to why it was removed from the film. Deleted scenes include “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” and “More Than New Paint.”
- Cars To Die(cast) For – Take a look at the phenomenon of die-cast toy collecting and the more than 1,000 unique designs that exist in the Cars universe.
- Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)
Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“), produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short) and co-produced by Andrea Warren (“LAVA” short), “Cars 3” is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. With a story by Fee, Ben Queen (TV’s “Powerless”), Eyal Podell (actor “Code Black”) & Jonathon E. Stewart (“Doing Time” short), the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray (“Cars”), Bob Peterson (“Up,” “Finding Nemo”) and Mike Rich (“Secretariat,” “The Rookie”). The film features a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman (“Toy Story 3,” “Cars”), instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach.
Product SKUs: Digital = 4K UHD with HDR (HDR-10 or Dolby Vision), HD, SD
Physical = 4K UHD Combo Pack (4K UHD+Blu-ray+Digital HD/SD), Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD/SD) and DVD
Feature Run Time: Approximately 103 minutes
Rating: G in U.S., G in CE, and G in CF
Aspect Ratio: 2.39:1
Resolution: 4K UHD = 3840 x 2160, HD = 1920 x 1080, SD = 720 x 480
Audio: 4K UHD Blu-ray = English Dolby Atmos, English, Spanish and French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
4K UHD Digital = English Dolby Atmos (platform dependent), English 5.1, English 2.0
Blu-ray = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 5.1 DTS-HDHR, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
DVD = English, Spanish and French 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks, English 2.0 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio
Subtitles: Physical = English SDH, Spanish and French Subtitles
Closed Captions: Digital = English; DVD = English