During my amazing press trip to the Pixar studio and Sonoma Raceway a while back, I had the privilege of sitting down to a presentation led by the Pixar producers behind Pixar’s Cars 3, Director Brian Fee, Producer Kevin Reher and Co-Producer Andrea Warren. Anytime I am treated to a behind the scenes look a movie, it’s incredibly exciting, but PIXAR? Well, if you know of my love of Pixar, you can imagine that this was extra special exciting!
Now, when filmmakers begin working on a new movie, they say THE STORY COMES FIRST. That’s why all Disney Pixar films have such a heartfelt message and their characters are so well developed.
Yes, some of their characters are imperfect, and those imperfections are where they get many of their stories. Pixar filmmakers take their character development so seriously that they spoke to Jeff Gordon while working on his character! As the storyline behind Cars 3 is that McQueen is an older generation dealing with the newer generation of Cars, Pixar filmmakers spoke to athletes who had been at the top of their game and had gone through, or were now experiencing that dreaded “expiration date.”
We first asked Brin Fee: The writer said at the beginning of this project the obstacle faced was that Lightning didn’t have a problem. How tough enough was that to crack, to find a problem for him to have to solve?
Brian Fee: “I think all of us, I think everybody in the world probably has that feeling that they know what it’s like for someone younger to come in and not, and next generation and can, you can start to feel like you are no longer valid anymore. So, we seemed like an honest thing to latch onto.”
Now, this is something that I can personally relate to as an almost 40 year old…Generation Xers vs Millennials is a real thing that people my age are experiencing. I felt a special connection to the story of Cars 3 because as a blogger and social media influencer, I am dealing with the same kind of issues – trying to hold my ground while the younger generation moves in…now, of course it’s great to be challenged and force yourself to constantly improve, but sometimes it just gets tiring. I found Cars 3 to be very inspirational on a personal level while thinking about McQueen’s struggles to stay relevant…just like I am.
Before Pixar begins finding the actors they want to voice the characters, they do what they call scratch acting with employees in the studio.
They allow their actors to have input in their characters and the story, which I find really interesting! Brian Fee described a memory of Owen Wilson in the voicing booth, he said that he looked at the lines and thought they didn’t make a lot of sense – he’s also a writer, so they listened to his opinion.
The entire production team – including the actors – behind Cars 3 was between two hundred and fifty and two hundred and sixty people…..We are talking about HUNDREDS of people and years of work on this movie!
If you haven’t seen the Cars 3 movie trailer yet, check it out here!
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CARS 3 opens in theatres everywhere on June 16th!