With Pixar’s new film Finding Dory hitting theatres next week, it is time to look at the studio’s docket for their upcoming movies. The next film waiting in line is a sequel as well, being the third installment of the ‘Cars’ franchise. We know precious little about the follow-up, which will be helmed by first-timer Brian Fee whose first Pixar credit was as a storyboard artist on the first Cars in 2006.
Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter has provided some indications of what we can expect, stating:
“Lightning McQueen, he’s awesome. We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson.”
The second Cars movie, which Lasseter stepped in to direct in the midst of a creative turnaround, still feels like Pixar’s most pedestrian film, packed with juvenile humor and gags and lacking the emotion that drives the studio’s best entires. While a critical bust, Cars 2 grossed $559.9 million worldwide and the franchise continues to be a major merchandise coup for Disney, so the audience is there for Cars 3.
Sequels are what we can expect from Pixar anyhow, as the movies following the Dia de los muertos-inspired Coco in November are Toy Story 4 in 2018 with John Lasseter as director and Brad Bird’s highly anticipated The Incredibles 2 in 2019.