The Movie: 7.5/10
It’s Cars. It’s fun. It’s sweet. It’s trying to be inspirational. What more do you want? I can’t really say that Cars 3 grabbed me the way Cars did, but as a separate story with its own fun references and exploration of a world ruled by cars, it’s a good time. We have our hero car, Lightening, who is aging and finding out that he’s nearing the end of his racing career. He faces the new world of technology and the new cars on the track are way more advanced, so he’s becoming as obsolete as his mentor Doc Hudson. How can Lightening keep up? Can he? He tries, that’s for sure, and with the help of his new trainer Cruz Ramirez he might just do it. The thing is, these Pixar movies don’t really let that happen. There is always the passing of the torch, the letting go, the handing over to new generations. The sadness and emotional struggle with life changes is a hard topic to cover, but they seem to do it well.
Cruz is a car who has never tried to become the racer she wants to be, and Lightening is trying not to stop being the racer he always has been…sooooo yea, what do you think will happen? Just watch to find out:) This movie is sweet, like the others, and sad, and emotional, and has a lot of laughs. It looks great, sounds great, and the jokes are evergreen, of course. I could say it’s not got the emotional tug of other Pixar offerings, but it does a fine job on its own. If it’s your first Pixar adventure, it will bring a few tears and giggles for sure.
I want to watch it again just to look at all the car stuff in the world around them. When they are going across country the mountains and landscape are peppered with images of cars, just like we seem to think there are human faces and shapes in nature (But it’s just us looking for ourselves in the world around us.) There is one segment of the movie at a demolition derby, which is a lot of fun. I love the vibe of the whole thing and they match the theatrics of the real thing, or so I would imagine. I am guessing someone from Pixar was sent to demolition derbies to do “research”:)
Overall I enjoyed Cars 3 because it’s a lovely little story about moving on in life without being discarded, or seeing yourself as useless. I would watch them together, Cars and Cars 3, skip 2, it really didn’t fit in the mix for me.
- Lou (7 Minutes) – A short film about the lost and found bin in a school playground.
- Miss Fritters Racing School (3 Minutes) – A little funny commercial aimed at cars.
- Ready For The Race (6 Minutes) – William Byron a real life racing driver talks about his life on the track.
- Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could (8 Minutes) – A look at the design of the new character who is based on a lot of different Pixar females.
- Audio Commentary With Director & Producer
- Behind The Scenes (40 Minutes) – A superb five part documentary which covers all aspects of production on the film. What is most impressive is it’s more a grown up style doc and not the type that talks down to children.
- Fly Throughs – Quick CG fly throughs of the main sets in the movie.
- My First Car (4 Minutes) – Cast and crew talk about their first rides.
- Deleted Scenes (26 Minutes) – A ton of deleted scenes, mostly storyboard style with voiceovers.
- 4K, Blu-ray & Disney Digital Copy
Cover Art and Menus: 8/10
This is a cool cover. I would have it as a mini poster with the Cars poster to go with it. It says what it needs to without being too cute.
Audio & Video: 9/10
Cars 3 comes to UHD courtesy of a 2160P HDR enhanced transfer. This is the definition of showcase material for the new format with so much detail in each frame it’s hard to take it all in. Color depth is improved over the included Blu-ray edition and HDR adds another level of realism. This is reference quality stuff from Disney/Pixar as expected.
The Dolby Atmos track here is very pleasant and engaging to listen to. The Blu-ray includes a DTS-HD Master audio track which is also top-tier. The race events are the highlights here with lots of nice surround effects as the cars zoom around the oval tracks. LFE and bass response seems to be relegated to the songs throughout the movie. Dialog is centered and very clear as usual with a Pixar movie.
Overall Score 7.5/10