After the great success of Cars (2006) and its sequel (2011), as well as two spin-offs Planes (2013) and Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014), we were not surprised that Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation Studios decided to release Cars 3, the latest installment in the popular cartoon series. In the second animated sequel, new and younger cars are in town, but our friend Lightning McQueen wants to prove to them that he is still up for the challenge.
What critics say about Cars 3?
Given that sequels are mostly worse than the original movies and that its prequel received generally negative reviews, it was kind of a surprise that Cars 3 turned out to be such a nice movie.
At this moment, it has an average score of 68% on Rotten Tomatoes by all critics, and 75% by audience, making it as almost as good as the first movie. On iMDB it is rated at 7.2/10, while on Metacritic the movie received mixed reviews with an average score of 59/100.
Critics claim that Cars 3 is a beautiful movie, with stunning visuals, dazzling animation and wonderful voice performances, but with predictable story and lack of humor.
Here’s a short synopsis: A new speedster called Jackson Storm is outpacing the legendary Lightning McQueen on the track. He is young, arrogant, fast and more powerful. Our friend Lightning, with the help of his friends, decides to train as he never trained before to become the number one racer once again.
Cast and Crew Members
Unlike its prequels, which were directed by John Lasseter, Cars 3 is directed by Brian Fee. It is produced by Kevin Reher. Most of the main cast from the previous films reprise their roles. Well, we can not imagine anyone other than Owen Wilson in the role of Lightning McQueen. Armie Hammer lends a voice to Jackson Storm, a new arrogant racing car in town and McQueen’s main rival.
Here’s a full list of Cars 3 actors and crew members.
|Owen Wilson||Lightning McQueen|
|Armie Hammer||Jackson Storm|
|Daniel Lawrence Whitney||Mater|
|Cristela Alonzo||Cruz Ramirez|
|Kerry Washington||Natalie Certain|
|Lea DeLaria||Miss Fritter|
|Bob Costas||Bob Cutlass|
|Margo Martindale||Louise Nash|
|Darrell Waltrip||Darrell Cartrip|
|Isiah Whitlock Jr.||River Scott|
|Bob Peterson||Chick Hicks|
|Kyle Petty||Cal Weathers|
|Junior Johnson||Junior Moon|
|Ray Evernham||Ray Reverham|
|Paul Newman||Doc Hudson|
|Shannon Spake||Shannon Spokes|
|Madeleine McGraw||Maddy McGear|
|Mike Joy||Mike Joyride|
|Jeff Gordon||Jeff Gorvette|
|Daniel Suarez||Danny Swervez|
|Ryan Blaney||Ryan ‘Inside’ Laney|
|Bubba Wallace||Bubba Wheelhouse|
|Chase Elliott||Chase Racelott|
|Richard Petty||The King|
|Andra Day||Sweet Tea|
For more crew members please visit IMDb.
What about Cars 3 release date?
At the time of writing this article, the film already had a premiere in some countries, grossing over $195 million worldwide. In the United States, its official release date was set for June 16, 2017. However, it had its first public presentation five days before it. Cars 3 global premiere was set for June 15, 2017, but in many countries it won’t be released until July, August, or even September.
|USA (premiere)||June 10, 2017|
|Albania||June 15, 2017|
|Colombia||June 15, 2017|
|Georgia||June 15, 2017|
|Greece||June 15, 2017|
|Croatia||June 15, 2017|
|Hungary||June 15, 2017|
|Israel||June 15, 2017|
|Peru||June 15, 2017|
|Portugal||June 15, 2017|
|Serbia||June 15, 2017|
|Russia||June 15, 2017|
|Uruguay||June 15, 2017|
|United Arab Emirates||June 16, 2017|
|Bangladesh||June 16, 2017|
|Bulgaria||June 16, 2017|
|Canada||June 16, 2017|
|India||June 16, 2017|
|Mexico||June 16, 2017|
|Poland||June 16, 2017|
|Turkey||June 16, 2017|
|USA||June 16, 2017|
|Australia||June 22, 2017|
|New Zealand||June 22, 2017|
|UK (film festival)||June 25, 2017|
|Netherlands||July 12, 2017|
|Argentina||July 13, 2017|
|Brazil||July 13, 2017|
|Chile||July 13, 2017|
|Hong Kong||July 13, 2017|
|South Korea||July 13, 2017|
|Spain||July 14, 2017|
|United Kingdom||July 14, 2017|
|Japan||July 15, 2017|
|Belgium||July 26, 2017|
|Philippines||July 26, 2017|
|Estonia||July 28, 2017|
|Finland||July 28, 2017|
|Lithuania||July 28, 2017|
|Latvia||July 28, 2017|
|France||August 02, 2017|
|Cambodia||August 08, 2017|
|Vietnam||August 11, 2017|
|Malaysia||August 24, 2017|
|Denmark||August 31, 2017|
|Singapore||August 31, 2017|
|Norway||September 1, 2017|
|Sweden||September 1, 2017|
|Italy||September 14, 2017|
|Germany||September 28, 2017|
Trailer Compilation, Behind the Scenes Video
Below you can watch the compilation of all three official movie trailers.
Go behind the scenes on the set of Cars 3 animated movie with voice actors. Watch it below.
Cars 3: Driven to Win Video Game
For the end, we want to recommend you Cars 3: Driven to Win, a video game based on the titular movie.
The game has been developed by Avalanche Software for all mayor game consoles: PS3 and 4, Xbox One and 360, Nintendo Switch and Wii U. Unfortunately, it is not available for PC, so if you don’t own any video game console, you won’t be able to enjoy in this fun racing game.
It has several racing modes: Race, Battle Race, Takedown, Stunt Showcase, Best Lap Challenge, and Playground. You can watch the trailer and find more info about the game at the Cars III: Driven to Win official website.
The game has already been published in USA and Canada by Warner Bros. Interactive, and its release date for Europe and Australia is set for July 14, 2017. It will be available in Japan on July 20, 2017.