Six years ago, in June 2011, my family fell in love with Cars. Specifically, Sebby fell in love with Cars. My not quite four year old, newly diagnosed with Autism found a reason to communicate, and something that brought him joy. The impact that the Cars franchise has made on our lives cannot be put in the words, and I cannot wait to take Sebby to see Cars 3 this weekend.
I’ve seen Cars 3 twice so far, thanks to being a guest of Disney*Pixar at the Cars 3 Red Carpet World Premiere. I know I’ll be seeing it many many times.
Sebby will be delighted that Cars 3 takes us back to Route 66, and back to Radiator Springs. While Cars 2 took us on a whirlwind world tour, and was decidedly Mater’s tale, Cars 3 tells a new story in Lightning McQueen’s life.
Now I’m a kid at heart, so the instant I see Lightning hit the race track for the first time, I get giddy. After all, I’ve shared in my kids excitement hundreds of times over the years. We quickly learn that things are no longer the same for Lightning, and he’s no longer the rookie champion he used to be, even with 5 Piston Cup wins under his belt.
Lightning is now racing against a whole new generation of racers, many of his old friends have retired. Jackson Storm is the rookie on the scene, and he’s a bit of a bully. Lightning struggles to compete with Storm and he ends up crashing in a race.
His crash ultimately lands him in the new Rusteze Racing Center, with his new sponsor, Sterling. Sterling is a shrewd and slimy businessman with an ulterior motive.
But Lightning as we know is stubborn. It’s what got him into trouble in the previous Cars films. His ego gets in the way of him seeing the bigger picture. Sterling assigns him a trainer, Cruz Ramirez, to see if Lightning still has what it takes. Despite her courage and determination, she is often overshadowed by McQueen. She’s just what Cars 3 needs though, as we find out. She’s smart and sassy, and I like her!
The two find themselves going on several adventures on their journey to the Florida Nationals, where Lightning hopes to race once more. On the way they meet Smokey, Miss Fritter and a host of many others.
“You’ll never be the racer you once were, you can’t turn back the clock kid, but you can wind it up again.”- Smokey
I’m not going to tell you how it ends, but I loved it, I know my daughter will love seeing another girl car in the movie, and I really hope that the way the movie ends means there will be a Cars 4! Cars 3 will be Sebby’s new favorite, I’m sure of it!
Coming up this week: Tomorrow I’ll share my interview experiences with Owen Wilson (voice of “Lightning McQueen”), Kerry Washington (voice of “Natalie Certain”), Cristela Alonzo (voice of “Cruz Ramirez”) & Armie Hammer (voice of “Jackson Storm”), and on Friday, I’ll share about some new Cars 3 merchandise!