Blu-ray Review

“Cars 3”

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In Pixar Animation Studios’ terrific Cars 3, Lightning McQueen is at a crossroads after a horrific crash–should he call it quits or should he retrain and get back in the game? What follows is a beautifully crafted and entertaining film (my original review is here) about aging, second chances, mentorship, and power of believing in yourself.

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The film is now available on Digital HD and Blu-ray. Here’s what is included on the three-disc Blu-ray/DVD combo set:

  • 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. Directed by Dave Mullins, this delightful and poignant short also played in front of the theatrical release of Cars 3.
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool – This fun new segment includes “testimonials” from the Crazy 8 drivers at Thunder Hollow who learn from the best–the school bus from hell, Miss Fritter.
  • Let’s. Get. Crazy. – Get schooled in the world of demolition derby, the “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Pixar put the “crazy” in the delightful Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race segment in Cars 3. This piece is hosted by Lea DeLaria herself, the voice of Miss Fritter.
  • Legendary – A close, historical look at NASCAR 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 artists to make the Cars 3 world as believable and entertaining as possible.
  • Cruz Ramirez: The Yellow Car That Could – Join Cristela Alonzo, the voice of Cruz Ramirez, and the Cars 3 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. This is a particularly good piece.
  • 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.”
  • Deleted Scenes – Each deleted scene is introduced by Cars 3 director Brian Fee with an explanation as to why it was removed from the film. The five 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 universe. I love Cars die-cast cars, so this one was very fun for me, too.
  • Commentary – Brian Fee (Director), Kevin Reher (Producer), Andrea Warren (Co-Producer) and Jay Ward (Creative Director) all join in for an excellent feature commentary.
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I was pleasantly surprised with all of the terrific bonus content and I really enjoyed watching everything. The mini-documentaries and shorts were high-quality and expertly done and truly provided the type of information that can make bonus features such a treat. I highly recommend this release for any and all fans of the Cars films and characters.

In fact, watching the bonus features was a bit of a bittersweet experience. The anticipation and enjoyment of Cars 3 has been such a highlight of 2017 for me and I’m sad to see it all come to an end. From the presentation at the North American International Auto Show in January, to the artwork, trailers, and posters, to the NASCAR race appearances, and to the film’s theatrical release, Cars 3 did not disappoint this Cars fan. Now that I’ve got my own copy of the Blu-ray, the wise words of Smokey the truck (voiced by Chris Cooper) from the film are fitting: “You can’t turn back the clock, kid, but you can wind it up again.” I will be winding up this excellent Blu-ray set again very soon.

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Lightning McQueen Made of More Lightning McQueens

I love this Lightning McQueen model currently on display at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (aka the annual Frankfurt Auto Show) in Frankfurt, Germany. It’s made up of smaller die cast Lightning McQueens (and some yellow Cruz Ramirez die casts; not sure what other characters were used for the additional colors).

Here’s the original tweet.

Pixar Animation Studios’ Cars 3 is still playing in select theaters and is coming to Digital HD on October 24 and on Blu-ray on November 7. Go see it!

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Other Things

Pixar Motorama 2017

Pixar Animation Studios’ bi-annual “Motorama” car show was held last Friday, June 16, in conjunction with the opening of Cars 3. This by-invitation-only event is the coolest car show that no one outside of Pixar gets to see. Thankfully, they let people take pictures and so here are some photos from the event. Enjoy.

Bruce Canepa McLaren P1 posing along side the Luxo Jr. statue.

The King from Pixar’s CARS movies (aka 1970 Plymouth Superbird)

Doc Hudson from Pixar’s CARS movies (aka 1951 Hudson Hornet)

Two of Walt Disney’s cars made the show: Walt’s 1924 Moon Roadster and his 1964 Mercedes-Benz SL 230. How cool are these?! (Photo and information courtesy of The Walt Disney Family Museum)

John Lasseter’s restored Chrysler Town and Country convertible

Ford Motor Company brought in a Ford GT for the show

McLaren Automotive brought in a McLaren 720

Aston Martin Lagonda Ltd. brought an Aston Martin DB11

And Nissan brought in a GT-R! So cool.


And here are some vintage cars that were on display (sorry that I wasn’t there to document these cars in more detail…).






Attending Pixar Motorama in person is definitely on my dream bucket list.

Photos courtesy of Autoweek

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“Cars 3” Premiere Pics

My invitation never arrived for last night’s Cars 3 premiere (haha), so I had to live vicariously through Instagram pics. The event took place in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Convention Center and in Cars Land at Disney California Adventure. Cars 3 opens in theaters on Friday, July 16!

Jackson Storm!

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We met #cars3 villain Jackson Storm. Not a bad sunset either 🌅 🚗

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What a fun night… everyone should see cars 3!

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Movie Posters

New Poster Posse Posters for “Cars 3”

Cars 3 opens in theaters a week from today on Friday, June 16. I like these Poster Posse posters that were commissioned by the Walt Disney Studios to commemorate the upcoming release of the film.


Artist: Andrew Swainson (© Disney•Pixar)

Artist: Stephen Sampson (© Disney•Pixar)

Artist: Oli Riches (© Disney•Pixar)

Artist: Doaly (© Disney•Pixar)

Artist: Jeremy Pailler (© Disney•Pixar)

Artist: Adam Rabalais (© Disney•Pixar)


Artist: Rodolforever (© Disney•Pixar)


Artist: Maria Suarez Inclan (© Disney•Pixar)


Artist: Salvador Anguiano (© Disney•Pixar)


Sources: Oh My Disney, Poster Posse

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