With the days of the calendar entering the year 2017, comes the promise of two new Pixar films. It will be only the second time that two feature films have been released by Pixar in the same year – the last time was in 2015, when Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur debuted. Cars 3 and Coco are set for release in the summer and fall of 2017, respectively. Cars 3 is up first, which means there will be plenty of photos, teases, trailers, and ads for the film headed your way imminently. Today, Pixar unveiled video close-ups of three of the characters that will appear in the film – watch them and get to know them better after the break!
Pixar provided the videos to Entertainment Weekly, which also released an interview this morning with director Brian Fee discussing the characters, Jackson Storm, Cruz Ramirez, and the star of the franchise, Lightning McQueen. Below are some insights into all 3 characters:
Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer)
Fee explains, “Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him, and everything about him says he’s faster, so much so that we’ve designed him so that even when he’s standing next to McQueen, McQueen looks old.” Technologically, he’s lightyears ahead of Lightning, a legitimate reflection of the actual years that have passed in the real world since our introduction to the first Cars in 2006.
Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo)
Cruz may be on Jackson’s side of the age gap, but she’s on Lightning’s side of the conflict. As a lifelong fan of McQueen, she’s optimistic, sunny, fierce, and friendly — and now, she’s his new, younger coach, coming to Lightning’s aid with stars in her eyes when he shows up at the Rust-eze Racing Center. “Whereas others like Jackson would look at McQueen and dump him, Cruz isn’t like that at all.
Lightning McQueen (voiced by returning Owen Wilson)
Finally, video close-ups of the three were unveiled, which JoBlo Movie Trailers combined into one video which you can view in its entirety here:
Fee and John Lasseter continue to emphasize the story of the film, with Fee calling it “the most human film in the franchise” and Lasseter saying the story is “very emotional”- all good news. Cars 3 drives (that’s right – I went there) into theaters on June 16th.