How Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 Came to Be #Cars3Event

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Disney Pixar’s Cars 3 opens in theaters nationwide on June 16th, and I am EXTRA excited to see this awesome movie after my recent all expenses paid press trip to Pixar Studios and Sonoma Raceway in San Francisco in March!

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In case you’ve been living under a rock and don’t know anything about Cars 3 yet, here’s a new trailer that will help you understand why this is going to be such an awesome movie, both for children AND adults!

I was able to screen a part of the movie when I was at Pixar Studios and I absolutely loved it. I can’t wait to see the whole thing from start to finish!!

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While attending the Cars 3 press event, I had the opportunity to sit down with the writers and head story teller to find out a little more about what went into the making of Cars 3. It was such an inspiring film, and listening to them tell us about what inspired them literally brought tears to my eyes…

Screenwriter Mike Rich has worked in the industry for over 15 years but this was his first time working for Disney Pixar as well as his first time working on an animated film. Of course, as a Disney Pixar fan, I have known who Bob Peterson was for a long time – he’s been at Pixar for 23 years! A story and screen writing master, he was a star supervisor on Monsters, Inc, a writer for Finding Nemo, and a CoDirecter and writer for Up too! Story supervisor Scott Morse has been at Pixar for over 12 years and previously worked on Ratouille, Wall-E, Brave, and Cars 2 before working on Cars 3.

Last, but certainly not least, is Kiel Murray, who was a writer on the original Cars and a writer for Cars 3 as well. This woman? SHE INSPIRES ME. She inspired me so much that I wrote this blog post about her statement regarding a character in the film, “She had a secret dream and she let it go.”

Such a simple statement that packs such a powerful punch, not just as far as the character in the movie goes, but for people in general. For me, specifically.

The Story of Cars 3! #Cars3Event

The “Cars 3” Long Lead Press Days, held at Sonoma Raceway, including presentations by the “Cars 3” writers (left to right) Mike Rich, Bob Peterson and Kiel Murray and Story Supervisor Scott Morse, held on March 28, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. (Photo by Marc Flores)

Mike explained to use why they faced challenges with the story of Cars 3.

This guy was very much to our advantage because he was a character that is an iconic character to work with. The one thing we didn’t have was he didn’t have a problem. He didn’t have a dilemma. The last race we saw Lightning McQueen he was on top of the world. He was a champion racer. Things were going well for him and I think part of the reason why Pixar perhaps wanted me to come on board was I had worked in films that dealt with sports in the past and sometimes larger than life. I mean Secretariat. Working on Secretariat was similar feeling of you like to have an under current. You like to have something they can come back from. So we knew we would have to do with McQueen is make him vulnerable and take him down a notch. So in the early exploration of how do we go about doing that we kind of looked at big athletes that were going through a similar thing. If you consider the fact that Cars 3 is really kind of a third act of the overall story, it makes sense that McQueen is now past the halfway, probably a little bit further past the half way point of his career as well. So we visited with and we talked with athletes like Jeff Gordon who was only a couple of years away from his own retirement. Bob and I are big basketball fans.

The Story of Cars 3! #Cars3Event

The “Cars 3” Long Lead Press Days, held at Sonoma Raceway, including presentations by the “Cars 3” writers (left to right) Mike Rich, Bob Peterson and Kiel Murray and Story Supervisor Scott Morse, held on March 28, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. (Photo by Marc Flores)

Bob Peterson said:

 “We talked about Kobe Bryant as he aged, his Achilles injury and other injuries and Michael Jordan. These guys are on top of the world just as McQueen is but then they have to figure out when they start to become obsolete what do you do. We found that a very interesting way to go with this story. In all these films we look for a universal truth that everyone can sort of identify with whether its toys or fish or whatever as long as there is something we can all learn from, a parable that is being told about life in a universal way. Then we fell like that is the sort of story we’re telling. In this case, it was what do you do when you’re not as fast any more and you have people behind you that are faster. Do you crumple or do you rise up and change?”

Mike said:

“When Kobe Bryant injured his Achilles late in his career, he had this famous 3 am post on Facebook where he basically was saying What do I do now. You could tell this larger than life athlete was at a loss. He asked do I crawl under a rock, do I quit, do I rise. He was wrestling with all the things that we realized would be interesting for McQueen.”

Next Mike said something that really resonated with me as a woman rapidly approaching middle age…working day in and day out in an industry (blogging and social media) that is quickly becoming dominated by the younger generation.

How do you know when things are changing, how do you realize it? And the answer is the kids will tell you.”

That, my friends, is scary and entirely true.

A new character in the film, Jackson Storm, is to Lightening McQueen was this younger generation is to everyone in life – no matter which profession you’re in, there are always those young bucks coming up behind us, threatening to steal the spotlight, making our old ways obsolete…and it’s frightening.

Bob said:

“So speaking of kids, brings us to our antagonist Jackson Storm. The exciting thing for us was that Cars 3 is kind of the inverse of Cars 1. Remember when Cars first started out McQueen was this brash, cocky rookie who just had youth on his side. He had speed to burn. He didn’t need anybody telling him about anything. He had the answers and his appreciation and respect for the sport was basically just for what about me, what’s it mean for me. Cars taught him that there is a lot more to value than just that.”

The Story of Cars 3! #Cars3Event

The “Cars 3” Long Lead Press Days, held at Sonoma Raceway, including presentations by the “Cars 3” writers (left to right) Mike Rich, Bob Peterson and Kiel Murray and Story Supervisor Scott Morse, held on March 28, 2017 in Sonoma, Calif. (Photo by Marc Flores)

Bob said:

“It’s interesting because it’s a mirror but his generation is colder. You see these older guys and they are having fun together and there’s camaraderie. Up come these new guys and it’s more about technique and winning and you sense kind of a warmth sliding out of the sport and that’s why you feel a little unnerved when all these rookies start replacing him.”

Mike said:

Stats stats can tell every bit of the story and sometimes we lose sight of the of the fact that stats can’t measure everything. That there’s heart. So if the goal was to show that McQueen was very much at risk of losing the one thing that he cherished more than anything, we wanted to show the audience what was it about the sport that he did fall in love with. So Scott and Brian see our director and myself took road trips. Research trips.”

The Story of Cars 3! #Cars3Event

A Cars 3 story review, including Director Brian Fee and Head of Story Scott Morse, on February 18, 2016 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

Mike also said:

“We went to the Daytona 500 and one of the great things about McQueen is just the connection with the fans that he has of the sport. They love him and then he loves them. We made a point of sitting in the grandstands, hundred rows up in the bleachers. Because they wanted to surround ourselves with what was the equivalent of McQueen’s fans. We saw people wearing Lightning McQueen shirts at the Daytona 500. But there was a moment the closest I can use as an illustration was Dale Earnhardt Junior. There was a moment at the race when he took the lead and there was this ground swell roar that he had taken the lead. I looked over at Scott and said yeah that’s our guy. That’s our racer, that’s the passion he has.”

I am REALLY EXCITED to see Cars 3 when it hits theaters in June, and I hope you are too!

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CARS 3 opens in theatres everywhere on June 16th!

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