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Disney•Pixar’s CARS 3 Cruises Home

image001Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 surged to the front of the pack opening weekend with audiences racing to see the legendary Lightning McQueen, voice of Owen Wilson, and spirited trainer Cruz Ramirez, voice of Cristela Alonzo, team up to beat the new generation of blazing-fast racers. Now, this summer’s high-octane hit cruises home—loaded with bonus features like the all new mini-movie starring the demolition derby legend Miss Fritter— Digitally in HD and 4K Ultra HD™ on October 24, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD™ and Blu-ray™ on November 7.

Race fans of all ages are invited to ride along with the Cars 3 crew for hilarious and heartfelt extras, including an exclusive new mini-movie, Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool, taught by the queen of the Crazy 8; a feature detailing how real-world race training influenced filmmakers; the journey taken by voice actor Cristela Alonzo and team while shaping tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez; behind-the-scenes access to the story team who crafted Lightning McQueen’s third chapter; deleted scenes; and much more.

Cars 3 is Disney•Pixar’s first in-home title released in stunning 4K Ultra HD format, the next-generation viewing format with four times the resolution of HD and exceptional high dynamic range (HDR), resulting in brilliant highlights, vibrant colors and greater contrast on compatible displays than ever before. With 4K Ultra HD, viewers will feel like they’re at the center of the action—holding their breath during the dramatic crash that launches Lightning’s journey, feeling the pulse-pounding action at the Florida International Super Speedway, and getting down and dirty at the Crazy 8 demolition derby.

Bonus Features

Blu-ray & Digital:

  • 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
  • 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.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar puts thecrazyin 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
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director)

DVD:

  • Theatrical Short: “Lou”& “Commentary”

#95 by the #s in Cars 3

  • – As Cars 3 gets underway, world-champion racer Lightning McQueen is riding high with five Piston-Cup wins under his hood.
  • 11– Lightning McQueen raced into moviegoers’ hearts 11 years ago—making his rookie debut in Cars in March 2006—and remains an iconic character today.
  • 24 – The dramatic, slow-motion crash scene in which Lightning McQueen hits a wall and rolls several times takes 24 seconds.
  • 95 – Lightning McQueen still sports the dynamic #95 with his signature lightning-bolt graphics. He displays five distinct looks in Cars 3, including one that pays homage to his original paint, a primer look he gets following the devastating crash, a custom wrap ordered by Sterling, and more.
  • 198 – Lightning McQueen tops out at a speed of 198 miles per hour on his last lap with Cruz Ramirez on Fireball Beach. But Lightning’s nemesis – next-gen racer Jackson Storm – races at speeds pushing 207 mph.

 

CARS 3 Pit Cast and Crew

Cars 3 features Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen. Cristela Alonzo voices tech-savvy trainer Cruz Ramirez, who tries to help #95 return to greatness, and Armie Hammer lends his voice to next-gen racer Jackson Storm, whose high-tech speed leaves Lightning McQueen behind. Kerry Washington was called on to voice statistical analyst Natalie Certain, Nathan Fillion provides the voice of brilliant businesscar Sterling, Lea DeLaria lends her voice to formidable school bus Miss Fritter, and Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton helps bring voice command assistant Hamilton to life.

The third chapter of Lightning’s story pays homage to NASCAR with four characters based on real-life stock car racing legends. Chris Cooper voices Doc Hudson’s crew chief Smokey; team owner and NASCAR racing legend Junior Johnson lends his voice to Junior “Midnight” Moon; three-time Emmy® winner Margo Martindale provides the voice of Louise “Barnstormer” Nash; and Isiah Whitlock Jr. is the voice of River Scott. The film also features NASCAR drivers and the voices behind the sport, as well as a host of returning characters from Radiator Springs and the Cars racing world.

Directed by Brian Fee, produced by Kevin Reher and co-produced by Andrea Warren, Cars 3 is executive produced by John Lasseter, who directed the first two films in the franchise. With a story by Fee, Ben Queen, Eyal Podell & Jonathon E. Stewart, the screenplay was penned by Kiel Murray, Bob Peterson and Mike Rich. The film features a score by Oscar®-winning composer Randy Newman, instrumental cues composed by Brad Paisley, and original songs by ZZ Ward and Grammy® winner Dan Auerbach.

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CARS 3 Event – Hot Laps & More

In March, something really extraordinary happened to me as I movie fan and entertainment journalist. I got the incredible opportunity to visit Pixar in Emeryville, California for the first time! While we were hanging out at Sonoma Raceway to do interviews with the director, producers, well with everybody was involved in the fantastic animation Cars 3Going deep in this experience that last one and half days, what stood out to me was how much inspiration you feel, how much appreciation you started to have just to be surrounded by all of the artistic creativity people and the office environment. I was able to “taste”’ every aspect and details of the creation of an animation: storyboard, research, music, colors, formats, characters, types of cars…. It was endless and an unique experience! Aside from watch around 45 minutes of Cars 3 footage, I had the opportunity to watch the new short called Lou. This time around Lighting McQueen, voiced once by Owen Wilson, was pushed out of racing by a young car called Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer. To get back into the track, Lighting McQueen will use some help of trainer Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

Within the press event, I participated alongside with other journalists to some cool activities. I recorded some videos and took some pics….

HOT LAPS @ SONOMA RACEWAY

PIT STOP CHALLENGE

My Diploma

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CARS 3 – “The Limit” Official Trailer

Check out the brand new trailer for CARS 3 called “The Limit”. This is the final trailer!!!!

One more dream ⚡ One last chance ⚡ One more week ⚡

Directed by Brian Fee, produced by Kevin Reher and co-produced by Andrea Warren, CARS 3 cruises into theaters in 3D on June 16!!!

Official Synopses: 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!


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Cars 3 – Quick chat with director Brian Fee – Part 4

This past March, something really extraordinary happened to me as I movie fan and entertainment journalist. I got the incredible opportunity to visit Pixar in Emeryville, California for the first time! I was invited to do interviews with the director, producers, well with everybody was involved in the fantastic animation Cars 3. Going deep in this experience that last one and half days, what stood out to me was how much inspiration you feel, how much appreciation you started to have just to be surrounded by all the artistic creativity people and the office environment. I was able to “taste”’ every aspect and details of the creation of an animation: storyboard, research, music, colors, formats, characters, types of cars…. It was endless and a unique experience! Aside from watch around 45 minutes of Cars 3 footage, I had the opportunity to watch the new short called Lou.

Disney-Pixar’s Cars 3 that hits theaters on June 16 and this time around Lighting McQueen, voiced once by Owen Wilson, was pushed out of racing by a young car called Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer. To get back into the track, Lighting McQueen will use some help of trainer Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo.

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First time director Brain Fee (Photo: Pixar Animation Studios)

After screening the animation, we had a reception and we had a chance to chat a little with first time director Brian Fee. Here is the quick chat:

What can we expect from Cars 3?

Brian Fee – The tone is going to be more like Cars. That’s one of the things we wanted to do with that trailer. Not only is the tone going to go back to Cars and back to McQueen’s story, but we’re taking his character to a place where he has to decide who he wants to be, and he might not be able to be the person that he was.

This is your first time directing, right? How was the experience?

Brian – I came to Pixar as a story assistant, and I hadn’t ever drawn a storyboard before. I drew some storyboard like drawings, just to get the job as the assistant, and I asked my story supervisor, “How do I stick around here?” His advice was, “Just make yourself indispensable,” which was the best advice anyone has ever told me. How I interpreted that was just to do the best job I could, with whatever I was working on.

Did you go nervous or panic?

Brian – Yes! It was a combination of things. I worked on all of the other movies, so these characters are like family to me, and I felt the need and desire to protect them and to tell their story. I was very excited about that. I knew it was a great honor. What John was entrusting me to do was a huge opportunity and a huge honor. I was excited and terrified, at the same time, because I’ve never directed anything before. That’s really hard! I had to learn as I did it, but I was able to.

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Director Brian Fee & Associate Producer Andrea Warren at the reception @ Pixar Animation Studios. (Photo by Marc Flores)

 


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Cars 3 – The short film LOU – Part 3

“Share your toys!” Who never listened to this phrase in your childhood or even spoke it to your children? This is the plot of the short film Lou from Disney-Pixar that premieres before the new animation Cars 3, which will open on June 16.

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MEET 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. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

From director Dave Mullins and producer Dana Murray, Lou tells the story of a lost and found box of toys that has its own life. Lou himself is a kind and invisible monster who takes care of this lost and found box of a pre-school, which contains all kinds of toys, games, balls, incompatible objects and among other stuffs. Lou keeps an eye on the playground area and ensures that everyone is reunited with the treasures they once lost – even those who did not notice that they were separated from something so precious. During the long lead press day at Pixar Animation Studios, a group of journalists and I had the opportunity to hear from Dave Mullins and Dana Murray how it was the process to put this wonderful short together.

Dave has worked on many Pixar animations, including Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The Incredibles and Ratatouille. He worked as directing animator on Up and supervising animator on Cars 2. He also contributed his animation skills to Brave, Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur. On the other hand, Dana was a lighting coordinator for Cars and held a variety of department manager positions on feature films Ratatouille, Up and Brave. She also served as production manager for Inside Out.

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Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray present the animated short, LOU at Pixar Animation Studios. (Photo by Marc Flores)

Dave shared that since 2005, he started pitching different short film ideas. Nothing stuck until he started thinking back to his childhood and got personal and explained how and when Lou was born, “when I was a kid I moved around a lot…I was always the new kid and it was tough leaving old friends behind every year and having to make all new ones. At times being the new kid made me feel invisible…So I thought about that experience and it gave me an idea for an invisible character that could hide in plain sight at a school and longed to be accepted by the other kids”.

Dave and Dana shared how Lou’s story transformed throughout the animation process. “By continuing to work on the story we found some humor and entertainment that was missing from the original version of the film. In the end, we stayed with the original idea but we learned some things. It was a great lesson in being open to radically different ideas because at Pixar the best idea always wins”, stated Dave during the long lead press day at Pixar Animation Studios.

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Director Dave Mullins and Producer Dana Murray present the animated short, LOU at Pixar Animation Studios. (Photo by Marc Flores)


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CARS 3 – “Rivalry” Official Trailer

Check out the brand new trailer for CARS 3 called “Rivalry”.

This time around, it shows more Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer, and the trainer Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Cristela Alonzo who will help Lighting McQueen to get back into the track!

Directed by Brian Fee, produced by Kevin Reher and co-produced by Andrea Warren, CARS 3 cruises into theaters in 3D on June 16!!!

Official Synopses: 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!


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Cars 3 – Cristela Alonzo on board & NASCAR homage – Part 2

When I visited Pixar this past March, I went deep in the fantastic animation Cars 3. I was able to “taste”’ every aspect and details of the creation of an animation: storyboard, research, music, colors, formats, characters, types of cars…. It was endless and a unique experience! Aside from watch around 45 minutes of Cars 3 footage, I had the opportunity to watch the new short called Lou. Cars 3, directed by Brian Fee, making his directorial debut after doing storyboards for both prior Cars movies.

This time around Lighting McQueen, voiced once by Owen Wilson, was pushed out of racing by a young car called Jackson Storm, voiced by Armie Hammer. To get back into the track, Lighting McQueen will use some help of trainer Cruz Ramirez, voiced by Latin actress Cristela Alonzo. In fact, Cars 3 retakes the narrative line of the cars races just like the first film, Cars, debuted in 2006.

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CARS 3 (Pictured) – Cruz Ramirez visual development progression. Design by Bob Pauley, Model by Andrew Schmidt and Sculpt by Jerome Ranft. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

“In Cars 3, we wanted to bring back Lightning McQueen and the warmth and depth that resonated with so many people in the first film,” said creative director of Cars franchise, Jay Ward. Lightning McQueen returns as the big star he is. Now he is a veteran who is forced to accept being trained by a new generation racing instructor, Cruz Ramirez who will lead him to face his new reality and to make him aware the changes of the race standards. Cristela is a Mexican-American comedian from South Texas, who became the star of ABC’s TV series with her name on it, apparently filled Pixar’s ear with her happy voice and depth laughs and invited her to voice the unconventional Cruz Ramirez.

One of the producer of Cars 3, Kevin Reher, stated “we were inspired by Cristela’s story”. “Comedy is an intimidating industry for a newcomer and Cristela found her place against all odds. Cruz’s passion for racing is very reflective of Cristela’s experience,” Kevin explained during the long lead press day.

Creative Director Jay Ward & me @Sonoma Raceway

Creative Director Jay Ward & me @Sonoma Raceway

Per Jay Ward, Creative Director, he said at the Sonoma Raceway during the press day that “we were looking for an energetic, entertaining, warm voice, and not someone to be romantically relate to Lightning McQueen”.

Through the dilemma faced by Lightning McQueen, Cars 3 pays tribute to those who have returned to racing, the second most popular sports in the USA, behind the NFL. “We are talking about people who to succeed in this sport, had to work harder than the others competitors,” says Jay, mentioning Wendell Scott, the first African-American to compete in NASCAR and the first to win the Grand National Series, overcoming the racism, or Louise Smith, who is known to be ‘the first lady of racing’. “The man wanted, with all his heart, to compete, otherwise he would be gone,” Jay said about Wendell’s persistence, who was not allowed to participate in NASCAR racing at first.

Ray Evernham, former racing crew chief, & me

Ray Evernham, former racing crew chief, & me.

Ray Evernham, who voices his own character in Cars 3, a racing crew chief, who in life worked alongside Mario Andretti and was a crucial part in Jeff Gordon’s triumphs, was proud of what the animation presents. “I saw an early version of the movie, and all the work that Pixar dedicated to tell a precise story. Not once I did stop to think, I’m watching an animated movie with cars that speak, it was about people with whom I connected immediately since the movie began. It made me feel very proud to be part of that sport, for the values and messages it conveys; it is very clear, a positive message that I want my children to see.”