The third installment of Cars series has just revealed the first images after a long period of silence.
Debuting in 2006, the story about the red car Lightning McQueen joining the race for the first time was warmly welcomed by the audience. With the revenue of $462 million, Disney Pixar released the second installment in 2011 and earned more $560 million worldwide. Despite the mixed comments from the critics, Disney continues to introduce the third installment, expected to release in June, 2017.
The first time audience could see logo and poster of Cars 3 is in Disney's D23 expo in August last year. Since then, there was no more news from the project, and today, the 2 images of the concept art were released. They are only the sketches of the scenes in the film, however, we can see a new character, yellow Cruz Ramirez.
The plot this time around sees Lightning McQueen, voiced again by Owen Wilson, still in the world of racing, only this time, things are getting even tougher. As such, he needs a trainer, and she comes in the sleek, yellow Cruz Ramirez, a young Hispanic female race car who instructs Lightning McQueen, as this exclusive concept art depicts during a beach run.
“Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks,” says Cars 3 director Brian Fee. “Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. (McQueen) is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.”
Fee adds that those questions grow louder after newcomer Jackson Storm beats him. “Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.”
Cars 3 will feature McQueen with his signature Cars look and bring back familiar characters from the original's Radiator Springs, including tow-truck Mater (Larry the Cable Guy), girlfriend Sally Carrera (Bonnie Hunt) and auto-body shop owner Ramone (Cheech Marin).
The story will stay in America, hitting historical race sites throughout the country.
“This movie is a love letter to racing and the American way,” says Fee. “We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.”