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Here Are Five Things We Just Learned About ‘Cars 3’

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Cars 3

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 Road to the Races Tour made a stop in Tampa this week, and fans were eager to see what was in store for the third film. Among the showcase of merchandise and Cars themed activities, Disney/Pixar showed a twelve-minute sneak peak of Cars 3. Here are five things that stood out about one the summer’s most anticipated releases.

Back To Basics

Throughout the twelve minute clip, director Brian Fee and John Lasseter (CCO of Pixar) were quoted numerous times stating how this film gets back to what made Cars special. Instead of being a film driven by a storyline, Cars 3 will once again be character driven. The original Cars is about passing the torch to a new generation, and it appears this film might have a similar feel to it.

Attention To Detail

Cars 3 gets back to the “roots” of racing. We were able to witness a group of Pixar animators including director Brian Fee trudge through countless race tracks attempting to gather research for the film. This attention to detail certainly pays off.  We were able to watch a scene where Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his new friend Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) are forced to take part in a demolition derby at an old dirt track. What was marvelous was just how detailed the track was from the signage in the stands to the clumps of dirt flickering as each car blasted around the track.

NASCAR Is On Board

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NASCAR has partnered with Disney/Pixar in promoting Cars 3, and that’s only going to widen this film’s target audience. While at the event in Tampa, a large contingent of people was wearing NASCAR-themed Car 3 apparel.  Even the clips that we saw had the same intensity that’s commonly associated with NASCAR events.

Jackson Storm

Jackson Storm (Armie Hammer) is Lightning McQueen’s nemesis in Car 3, and he certainly was very popular. Jackson is this black sleek looking race car that all the dads were taking their picture next to and all the kids were swooning over at the toy display. Don’t be surprised if Storm ends up stealing the spotlight from Lightning McQueen.

So Close

Cars 3 is attempting to get fans closer to the action than ever before. In the clips that were shown at the event, we saw multiple close-up shots of the tires, the race wall, and how close the races truly are. Previously, the focus was placed more on the surroundings these characters inhabited and not on the actual cars themselves. This certainly is a welcomed change.

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Dewey Singleton - Film Critic
I'm a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and have been doing reviews for many years. My views on film are often heard in markets such as Atlanta, Houston, and satellite radio. My wife often tolerates my obsession for all things film related and two sons are at an age now where 'Trolls' is way cooler than dad. Follow me on twitter @mrsingleton.