Disney•Pixar’s Cars 3 hits theaters this Friday, June 16th! We had the awesome opportunity to see a pre-screening of the movie thanks to our Fingerpaint partners. All thoughts and opinions are our own. From nostalgia to newcomers, check out our top 10 Reasons to See Disney Pixar’s Cars 3!
1. LOU. To kick things off, right before Cars 3 begins, you get to enjoy a Pixar Animation Studios Short called 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. We got a sneak peek of LOU and got to meet the writer and Director Dave Mullins (the nicest guy ever) at Disney Social Media Moms back in February and I instantly fell in love. I couldn’t wait until my boys had a chance to see it. When I saw a sneak peek of the film on Tuesday, the crowd laughed and cheered. It was so great to hear that because it’s such a sweet short film – totally from the heart.
3. Family Fun. I LOVE a film where we can take the WHOLE FAMILY. That’s right – all of us me, Andre, AJ, Alex and Adrian headed down to the theater to see the film. I knew that there would be something for everyone in the film. I’ve heard a few folks say that their younger kids had points where they became uninterested and that is bound to happen sometimes. But I did what any multi-tasking momma would do when Adrian got antsy…had plenty of snacks and drinks to go around. I also loved hearing the sounds of kiddos throughout the theater. I knew there were no judgmental folks around. Don’t you love that?
4. Scenery. Lightning McQueen’s journey in “Cars 3” takes him from coast to coast, calling for a variety of locations and sets to help propel his story. Artists designed and built EIGHT race tracks for the film: Los Angeles International Speedway, Copper Canyon Speedway (Arizona), Heartland Motor Speedway (Iowa), Motor Speedway of the South, Thunder Hollow Dirt Track, Thomasville Speedway, Georgia Super Speedway, Florida International Super Speedway. I love Radiator Springs, but it was so neat to see so many interesting locations in this film! What’s your favorite?
8. Cameos. Filmmakers recruited NASCAR greats—from rookie drivers and legends to the voices behind the sport—to inspire and help bring the film’s characters to life. Chase Elliot provides the voice of Chase Racelott, Ryan Blaney voices Ryan “Inside” Laney, Daniel Suárez lends his voice to Danny Swervez, and Bubba Wallace voices Bubba Wheelhouse. Jeff Gordon is the voice of Jeff Gorvette, Richard Petty once again voices Strip “The King” Weathers, Kyle Petty steps in as the voice of Cal Weathers, and Ray Evernham lends his voice to Ray Reverham. It’s great to hear voices you just may know from the track.
Is it ok for children? Of course, it’s made for kids, right? Well I’m not giving anything away since it was in the trailers, but there is a crash scene as you may know. Is it concerning to kids? Yes. Do I think it’s overly upsetting? I don’t think so. I don’t feel like the film focuses too much on the crash and they move on and show Lightning ok in the next scene. My 6-year old didn’t really react, my 8-year old was most concerned, but a simple hand on his shoulder telling him it would be ok seemed to assuage his concerns. If you are really concerned about how your little one would react, perhaps show them the trailer with the crash scene prior to seeing the movie and explain what will happen and that Lightning McQueen will be ok. Other than that, I think you’re A-ok!
I hope you get to go see the film this weekend! I know that it has renewed the LOVE for Cars in my boys and I’m happy to have Lightning McQueen, Mater and more back in our home!
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CARS 3 is now playing in theaters everywhere!
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