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When Cruz Ramirez (Cristela Alonzo) is training the new millennial cars on the treadmills, she plays music for one car to remind him of home, and shows him a scene on the television. The scene is from Coco (2017), and the car comes from Santa Cecilia, where Coco took place.
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The film has very few references to the events of Cars 2 (2011). They include: Doc Hudson's death, his medical office being converted into a museum, Lightning McQueen's newly installed headlights, an appearance by Jeff Gorvette at the final race of the movie, a picture of Miles Axlerod in Sterling's office, and a television screen showing John and Nancy, the two cars in Paris, kissing.
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In June 2017, Entertainment Weekly reported that during the voice-actor recording process for Cars (2006), Director John Lasseter spent a lot of time in the recording booth with Paul Newman, who often regaled him with stories about his life and his many years as a race car driver. Lasseter said, "In a way, he mentored me in racing, because car racing was his true life's passion, and I made sure that whenever he came into the recording booth, we were recording everything. In-between takes, he would tell me stories about great races, and you could hear the passion in his voice." Those recordings made it possible for Doc Hudson to reappear in this movie, released over eight years after Newman's death. Lasseter explained, "as we started Cars 3, we went back to every recording we did on Cars 1 and catalogued and listened to it all, and ended up with a lot of material that we could use; lines that were cut from the original film and never used, as well as some of those pieces from in-between takes."
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The sound of the portable treadmill booting up is the same sound made by Apple Macintosh computers. This is also the same sound WALL·E (2008) made when he booted up.
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Tom Magliozzi died in 2014. Instead of hiring a sound-alike, filmmakers reviewed old transcripts from Car Talk to find lines that would serve Rusty. Car Talk was a weekly NPR radio show hosted by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, where they were known as "Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers." "Don't drive like my brother" was their catchphrase at the end of the show.
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The Pizza Planet truck appears during the Figure 8-demolition race.
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One of the new racers is number 31, sponsored by Triple Dent gum, the commercial that annoyed Anger in Inside Out (2015).
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Executive Producer John Lasseter has teased that the film is a very emotional story, and a little bit more akin to Cars (2006).
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Fillmore's license plate is 51237. It's the ZIP code for George, Iowa, and the birth date of the late George Carlin, who voiced Fillmore in the first movie.
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The credits include many posters and signs from other Pixar films throughout the movie. This includes BnL, a company seen in WALL·E (2008).
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A Captain America car is seen in the demolition derby.
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Mack drives through Arlo's family farm, from The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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Thomasville Motor Speedway is named after Herb Thomas, who drove the original Fabulous Hudson Hornet. Doc Hudson's crew chief, Smokey, is named after Thomas' crew chief, Henry "Smokey" Yunick.
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The film's premise mirrors the first film. Lightning McQueen is now an old racer, like The King, and Jackson Storm is a young rookie about to overtake him, just as McQueen had done in the first film.
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The film features more than sixty-five different individual racers, more than the previous films combined. Cars (2006) had thirty-six racers, and Cars 2 (2011) had eleven.
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Director Brian Fee has mentioned that the film is a love letter to racing, and the American way, and is inspired by the Americana you see travelling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.
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Sterling's office door at the Rust-eze Racing Center says "A113", which was the number at Cal Arts.
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The first G-rated Disney animated film since Monsters University (2013), which is also from Pixar.
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The song Mater sings to himself is called "Put It in the Bag (The Humphrey Hop)" from the obscure Disney short cartoon series, "Humphrey the Bear".
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The Luxo, Jr. ball is found on the hood of one of the Crazy-8 racers in the demolition derby.
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Lightning's friends are named Bobby Swift and Cal Weathers, which seem to be a nod to Ricky Bobby and Cal Naughton, Jr. from Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006), which was released in the same year that Cars (2006) came out. Cal Weathers' name is also a nod to actor Carl Weathers who played Apollo Creed in the first four "Rocky" movies, and also provided the voice of Combat Carl in Toy Story of Terror (2013). The training scene on Fireball Beach between Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez is a tribute to the beach training scene in Rocky III (1982) between Rocky Balboa and Apollo Creed.
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Cinderella (1950)'s carriage can be seen in Sterling's office on the shelf, at the Rust-Eze training center.
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A sign can be seen in the background advertising "Wild Bill's Racing Cones". This is a reference to Pixar worker, Bill Cone.
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Daniel Gerson's last Pixar film. He died during production, over a year before the film's release. This film was dedicated to his memory.
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At the Detroit Auto Show, Pixar revealed a life-size McQueen to promote the movie.
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EASTER EGG: The Pizza Planet truck is seen sitting in the grass in the Cinemark connections trailer.
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Smokey calls Doc Hudson "Hud". Paul Newman played the title role in Hud (1963).
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Jackson Storm is seen racing at the Buy n Large raceway in the Next Generation Extended Look. Buy n Large originated in WALL·E (2008), another Pixar film, making this the second Pixar film to reference it, the first being Toy Story 3 (2010). Coincidentally, both are the third installment of their respective franchises (Toy Story and Cars).
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All three Cars films were released the same year as a Pirates of the Caribbean film. Cars (2006) came out the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006). Cars 2 (2011) came out the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011). This movie came out the same year as Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017).
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This movie's teaser trailer suggested that this film would have a much darker tone than its predecessors. As a result, a controversy began whether or not to allow young McQueen fans to watch this film. However, it left Cars critics unexpectedly anticipating this film.
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Cal Weathers, the old generation 42 Dinoco car is voiced by Kyle Petty. Kyle is the son of Richard Petty, who voiced "The King" 43 Dinoco car. Kyle raced many years in NASCAR, but had less success when compared to his father's seven championships and two hundred race wins. The running gag in the movie where Cal overhears his replacement attempts makes more sense with this background information.
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This movie features McQueen with his signature Cars look, and brings back familiar characters from Radiator Springs, including Mater, Sally Carrera, Fillmore, Sarge, Luigi, Guido, and auto-body shop owner Ramone.
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The first and only film to date in the Cars franchise to not be directed by John Lasseter since he chose to direct Toy Story 4 (2019) instead, though he was replaced by Josh Cooley part way through that film's production.
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Pixar's first follow-up film to have a returning villain outside a cameo, being Chick Hicks, the main antagonist of the first film, having redeemed himself.
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The film grossed two hundred million dollars in less than a month. It ended up grossing just over three hundred eighty-three million dollars worldwide.
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A tie-in video game accompanied the film's release. It was developed by Avalanche Software, which was shut down by Disney in 2016, but was acquired and revived by Warner Brothers Interactive Entertainment. This makes this movie the first Pixar film to receive a video game adaption for traditional video game consoles (not counting mobile games as well as LEGO The Incredibles (2018)) since Brave (2012).
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Doc's hometown is Thomasville, Georgia. Paul Newman, who supplied the voice of Doc Hudson, was married to Joanne Woodward until his death. She was born in Thomasville, Georgia.
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NASCAR driver Jeff Gordon consulted the film's story by basing McQueen's struggles with the next gens on his experience about younger drivers out pacing him in the races. Also, the next gens are based on young Pixar interns who have the same creative touch as the Pixar crew.
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A sign is seen advertising the Sleep-Well Motel. This is a reference to the Sleep-Well Motel from Toy Story of Terror (2013).
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Seventh film where Pixar's Bob Peterson voices a character after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013) as Roz, Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016) as Mr. Ray, Up (2009) as Dug and Alpha, and Toy Story 3 (2010) as the Sunnyside Daycare's Janitor and Chuckles (his former high pitched voice). In this movie, he voices Chick Hicks, after Michael Keaton was unavailable to reprise his role.
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During the end credits, a sticker appears reading "I love both kinds of music, country and western", This is a quote from The Blues Brothers (1980).
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On Sterling's door to his office, "A113" is printed on the glass. A number commonly seen in Pixar films.
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The name of the bus character is "Miss Fritter", a likely reference to the teacher Miss Frizzle from the PBS animated series The Magic School Bus (1994).
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Brian Fee's directorial debut.
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This is the third film of the Cars film franchise, which is the second Pixar franchise to have a third installment, the other being the Toy Story film franchise.
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Music from the first movie plays in some scenes.
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It is the third installment in the Cars film franchise, and was directed by Brian Fee, a storyboard artist on the first two films.
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The Thomasville Race Track is based on the old North Wilkesboro Race track in northwestern North Carolina.
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Despite somewhat different appearances, the cars that race for Trunk Fresh, Shiny Wax, Bumper Save, Sputter Stop, Spare O Mint, Lil Torquey Pistons, and No Stall at the beginning of the movie are the same cars that raced for them in Cars (2006).
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Not only did "A113" appear on Sterling's office door, but it also appears on Shannon Spokes' right side and Mater's license plate.
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The guitar of Ernesto de la Cruz can be seen hung on the wall behind the band playing at the Cotter Pin Bar at Thomasville, one of the two teasers for Coco (2017).
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In one of the flashback scenes of Doc, he is balancing a stack of objects on his hood ornament while saying to Lightning, "You might wanna take notes on this one." This line of dialogue is reused from the video game adaptation of Cars (2006) in which Doc sometimes says it when passing another car in a race.
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Unlike in Cars 2 (2011), Red's dialogue is different, thus having Jerome Ranft taking over for his brother, the late, great, and talented Joe Ranft, who voiced him in the first film.
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The first Pixar film to not receive any Academy Award, Golden Globe, and/or BAFTA nominations.
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The sign for Smokey's garage has the slogan "Best Dang Garage In Town". Smokey Yunick's garage used the slogan "Best Damn Garage In Town".
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The 11th of very few Theatrically released Animated films of the 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA. The previous 10 animated films of the 2010s to've had that rating had been Toy Story 3 (2010), Gnomeo & Juliet (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), Zambezia (2012), Monsters University (2013), Khumba (2013), Rio 2 (2014), The Hero of Color City (2014), and The Peanuts Movie (2015), and the next 2 would later be Charming (2018) and Toy Story 4 (2019).
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Some of the next generation racers names are puns on the cast members' names. For example, Chase Racelott is voiced by Chase Elliott.
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Nathan Fillion's second Pixar film, after Monsters University (2013).
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There are six new sponsors for the race cars in this movie, SynerG, Combustr, IGNTTR, Blinkr, Triple Dent, and Carbon Cyber. In addition, six sponsors from Cars (2006), Shifty Drug, Fiber Fuel, Sidewall Shine, Retread, Tach-O-Mint, and the unnamed sponsor for Junior aren't sponsoring any cars in this movie.
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The only Cars movie to not include Mia And Tia.
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Nathan Fillion plays Sterling, a billionaire who is known as the "Mud flap King of the Eastern Seaboard" as one of the businesses he owns is a mud flap company. Ironically, on Gravity Falls (2012), Fillion played Preston Northwest, a rich capitalist who also owns a mud flap company as one of his investments.
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One of the signs Miss Fritter has, is the same West Cutting Boulevard sign that Andy has in Toy Story 3 (2010). Also, West Cutting Boulevard is the street Pixar is on.
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Pixar's eighteenth feature film.
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In the trailer, when Doc says "Get ready for what's comin!", that is actually dialogue from one of the cutscenes in the video game version of Cars (2006).
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In a direct quote from Jeff Gordon, he will be returning to this movie as Jeff Gorvette.
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Was released eleven years after Cars (2006), and six years after Cars 2 (2011).
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Marks the first time Chick Hicks isn't voiced by Michael Keaton.
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Miss Fritter (Lea DeLaria) has a first line of dialogue, being the single word "boo", likely a reference to DeLaria's character on the Netflix series Orange Is the New Black (2013).
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Bonnie Hunt's seventh Pixar film after A Bug's Life (1998), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), and Monsters University (2013).
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The first Pixar film since Toy Story 3 (2010) where Pixar legend John Ratzenberger's character has a large role outside only one or two scenes, and only a few lines in the entire film.
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The third Pixar film to include "Thus Spake Zarathustra", after Toy Story 2 (1999) and WALL·E (2008).
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Some characters from Cars (2006) returned, such as Tex, The King, Albert Hinkey, and Bob Cutlass.
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When Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez meet Miss Fritter, you might have seen the Pizza Planet truck zoom by on the track, but on a part that wasn't in the clip, one of the Crazy-8 racers smashes into the Pizza Planet truck, and its rocket flies into the stands.
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When Lightning and Cruz are in the Cotter Pin Bar and Grill, there is a poster on the wall, that is dated, "Saturday, June 16". This is a reference to day the movie came out, June 16, although that day was a Friday, not a Saturday.
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When they are first talking about Storm's chances of winning midway through, and give him a 95.2 percent chance as a subtle hint at McQueen coming in second place, and that he is number 95. The odds for McQueen at only 1.2 percent is a nod to Cars 2 (2011), as he is car number twelve in the line-up.
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During the demolition derby, Lightning uses the name Chester Whipplefilter to try to hide his identity. "Mr. Whipple" is a character featured in Charmin brand toilet papers ads from the 1960s to the late 1990s. There is an oil filtering system that uses a roll of replaceable single-ply toilet paper as the filtering media.
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Pixar's third follow-up film to have a different director from the previous films in the series, after Toy Story 3 (2010) and Monsters University (2013).
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Was released on Home Media on November 7, 2017, the same day that Cars (2006) was released on Home Media eleven years prior.
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Producers Kevin Reher and Andrea Warren have stated that this isn't confirmed to be the last film in the franchise, and that if they'd do a fourth installment if it'll be better than the previous films, and would consider making Cruz Ramirez as protagonist. Lea DeLaria has also expressed interest in one of these days being able to reprise her role as Miss Fritter.
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Cheech Marin's sixth animated Disney film, after Oliver & Company (1988), The Lion King (1994), The Lion King 3: Hakuna Matata (2004), and the first two Cars films.
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This is the only Cars film not to show the Wheel Well Motel or Luigi's obsession with Ferraris.
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The only Cars film to date that doesn't not contain any Wilhelm Screams.
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Bubba Wheelhouse, Danny Swervez, Jackson Storm, Ryan Inside Laney, Chase Racelott, Tim Treadless, Ed Truncan, Herb Curbler, and H.J. Hollis are the only next generation racers confirmed to be released as diecasts by Mattel. The next generation Easy Idle and Re-volting racers will also be released, but they're exclusive to multi packs only sold on Amazon.
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Is the only non-documentary film of 2017 to be Rated G by the MPAA.
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Miss Fritter's racing number is 58, which is a reference to when her actress Lea DeLaria was born, which is 1958.
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When Lightning is looking at his memories at the Rust-Eze Racing Center, a sign for the Radiator Springs 500 1/2 can be seen. This is a reference to an episode of Tales from Radiator Springs (2013) titled "The Radiator Springs 500 1/2".
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Sheriff has little to no dialogue throughout the entire movie. He is mostly heard talking with the other residents of Radiator Springs when McQueen wakes up after being painted by Ramone.
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The only Cars film to not have a co-director.
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Until it grossed three hundred forty-three million dollars worldwide on September 3, 2017, enough to outgross The Good Dinosaur (2015), this was Pixar's lowest grossing film.
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This is the first Pixar movie where Bob Peterson voices a character from a previous movie that wasn't voiced by him (In this case, Chick Hicks, who was voiced by Michael Keaton in the first film).
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Jeff Gorvette from Cars 2 (2011) appears in the final race.
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The only Cars film to date not to be nominated for the Golden Globe for Best Animated Feature.
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When the treadmill Cruz brings to Fireball Beach with her finishes opening, it plays the sound from WALL·E (2008) when he boots up from the solar energy.
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"Thus Spake Zarathustra" from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) can be heard in the demolition derby.
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All three Cars movies were released in June. The first film was released on June 9, 2006, the second film was released on June 24, 2011, and this film was released on June 16, 2017.
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Chick Hicks is the first Pixar character to've been voiced by both an actor (Michael Keaton in Cars (2006)) and a Pixar Member (Bob Peterson in Cars 3 (2017)).
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Pixar's fourth film to feature no humans after A Bug's Life (1998), Cars (2006), and Cars 2 (2011)
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The eighth Pixar film to be scored by Randy Newman after Toy Story (1995), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), Toy Story 3 (2010), and Monsters University (2013).
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The tenth Disney film to be scored by Randy Newman, after Toy Story (1995), James and the Giant Peach (1996), A Bug's Life (1998), Toy Story 2 (1999), Monsters, Inc. (2001), Cars (2006), The Princess and the Frog (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Monsters University (2013).
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The fourth Pixar film of 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA, after Cars 2 (2011), Toy Story 3 (2010) and Monsters University (2013).
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The third Disney's animated sequel to produced in 2.35:1, after Cars 2 (2011) and Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014).
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The third Disney's animated film to feature 102 minutes, after Frozen (2013) and Big Hero 6 (2014).
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The second film of Pixar's where Peter Sohn voices a character where he's simply credited as an additional voice, he previously did so in The Incredibles (2004).
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The eighth theatrically released animated triquel, after Pokémon 3: The Movie (2000), Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek the Third (2007), Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009), Toy Story 3 (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), and Kung Fu Panda 3 (2016).
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Lloyd Sherr's fourth theatrically released animated film, after Barnyard (2006), Cars 2 (2011), and Turbo (2013).
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Pixar's seventh film to not have a co-director, after Toy Story (1995), The Incredibles (2004), Wall-E (2008), Toy Story 3 (2010), Monsters University (2013), and The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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This is the first Pixar film to be released on 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray.
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This is the fifth Pixar production where a character is voiced by a new actor, which applies to Chick Hicks. The first was Slinky Dog and Andy (younger at the start of the film) in Toy Story 3 (2010), the second was Fillmore in Cars 2 (2011), the third was Tales from Radiator Springs (2013) with Red, and the fourth time was Nemo, Squirt, and Jacques in Finding Dory (2016).
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Was nominated for only two Annie Awards, the lowest amount not only for the Cars franchise but for Pixar as a whole, besting Toy Story 3 (2010) and Finding Dory (2016)'s records of only 3 nominations.
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Multiple cars that bear sponsors from the first film, use different numbers. In Cars, the Re-volting racer used the number 84. In this movie, the Re-volting racers use the number 48. In Cars, the Vitoline racer used the number 61. In this movie, the Vitoline racers use the number 24. In Cars, the Octane Gain racer used the number 58. In this movie, the Octane Gain racers use the number 19. In Cars, the Easy Idle racer used the number 51. In this movie, the Easy Idle racers use the number 15. In Cars, the Transberry Juice racer used the number 63. In this movie, the Transberry Juice racers use the number 6.
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Just like Cars 2 (2011), Lloyd Sherr plays the voice of Fillmore, due to George Carlin's death in 2008.
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Guido Quaroni's fourth Pixar film, after Monsters, Inc. (2001) and the previous Cars films.
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Paul Dooley's fourth film to involve racing, after the first two Cars films and Turbo (2013).
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This movie is tied with Monsters vs. Aliens (2009), Up (2009), A Christmas Carol (2009), Inside Out (2015), and The Good Dinosaur (2015) as the eighth most expensive animated film, with a budget of one hundred seventy-five million dollars.
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The names of many next generation racers are never revealed.
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In the new clip with the Next Gen Racers, Storm says "Good luck out there champ. You're gonna need it." This is a possible reference to Toy Story 3 (2010), when the Army soldiers left, and Sarge said "Good luck folks", and then another solider said "You're gonna need it."
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Pixar's second triquel, after Toy Story 3 (2010), which is also part of an animated franchise created by John Lasseter.
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The second Pixar film to feature the full 2011 Disney opening logo as a closing logo, after Finding Dory (2016).
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The only film of 2017 to be rated G.
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Isiah Whitlock Jr. and Margo Martindale previously appeared together in Main Street (2010).
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Only fourteen Next Generation Racers have their names confirmed. The other twenty-one are unnamed.
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This marks the second time two Pixar sequels were released in-between two original movies, with this case being Finding Dory (2016) and this movie in between The Good Dinosaur (2015) and Coco (2017). The first time was when Toy Story 3 (2010) and Cars 2 (2011) were released between Up (2009) and Brave (2012).
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Both Pixar films released in 2017, this film and Coco (2017), each start with the letter "C", contain four letters, feature Cheech Marin as a voice, and have a character named Cruz.
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Although the word "Lightyear" is not heard in the first two Cars films, in this one, a reporter says "Cal Weathers, he's hanging up his Lightyears".
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Al Oft the Lightyear Blimp from the first two films in the series makes three cameos in the movie. First, he appears in the beginning race. Second, he can barely be seen during the first race with all of the Next Gen racers, and last but not least, he appears in the simulator when McQueen drives up a ramp.
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The fifth Pixar film to not be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature, after Cars 2 (2011), Monsters University (2013), The Good Dinosaur (2015), and Finding Dory (2016).
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Chris Cooper's second Disney film after The Muppets (2011).
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Like with Cars 2 (2011), which released the same year as Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), this movie released the same year as another Transformers film, being Transformers: The Last Knight (2017).
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Though this movie is not confirmed to be the last film in the franchise, all three films in the franchise were released in the gap between the first and second films of The Incredibles (2004) franchise.
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Jerome Ranft reprised his role as Red from Tales from Radiator Springs (2013).
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Released two weeks after DreamWorks Animation's Captain Underpants: The First Epic Movie (2017), and two weeks before Illumination's Despicable Me 3 (2017).
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Mater sneezing is kind of similiar to Snot Rod's sneezing in Cars (2006).
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Cristela Alonzo's second animated film, the first being The Angry Birds Movie (2016).
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In this film, the Nitroade car's number is 28, which is probably referring to 1928, the year Disney made their first film, Steamboat Willie (1928).
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This film screened domestically for twenty weeks. That's longer than Cars (2006), which screened for nineteen, but shorter than Cars 2 (2011), which screened for twenty-five.
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The only Cars film to date not to release in the same year as a film in The Weinstein Company's Hoodwinked! franchise. Cars (2006) opened up the same year as Hoodwinked! (2005) (US release date for it was January 13, 2006), and Cars 2 (2011) opened the same year as Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil (2011).
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The second Cars film where Mack calls McQueen "boss", after the first film. He didn't do so though in Cars 2 (2011) because of his minor role.
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In the movie, the ViewZeen car's number is 39, which is probably a reference to the old Disney short Donald's Lucky Day (1939).
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The only Cars film to date that does not release the same year as a film in Warner Brothers' Happy Feet film franchise, of which Cars (2006) was released the same year as Happy Feet (2006), and Cars 2 (2011) released the same year as Happy Feet Two (2011).
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The fourth theatrically released final installment of a computer-animated franchise after Shrek Forever After (2010), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), and Ice Age: Collision Course (2016).
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Sterling is similar to Al McWhiggin from Toy Story 2 (1999). Both are antagonists who are businessmen, and both have merchandise of the main protagonist at their place.
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The ninth Pixar film to be produced in 2.35:1, after A Bug's Life (1998), The Incredibles (2004), Cars (2006), Ratatouille (2007), WALL·E (2008), Cars 2 (2011), Brave (2012) and The Good Dinosaur (2015).
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The fifth Disney's animated film of 2010s to be rated G by the MPAA, after Toy Story 3 (2010), Cars 2 (2011), Winnie the Pooh (2011), and Monsters University (2013).
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Remains the only Cars film where Van and Mini do not appear in.
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Cameo 

Lewis Hamilton: the voice of Hamilton, Cruz Ramirez's on-board computer. He previously voiced himself as WGP racer "Lewis Hamilton" in Cars 2 (2011).
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The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Though it's implied that Lightning McQueen is the last veteran racer still standing at the Los Angeles 500, there are actually ten other veteran racers seen racing at the Los Angeles 500. Reb Meeker, the veteran Tank Coat racer, Buck Bearingly, the veteran View Zeen racer, Brian Spark, the veteran Leak-Less racer, the unnamed veteran Rev-N-Go racer, Rev Roadages, the veteran Vinyl Toupee racer, Darren Leadfoot, the veteran Shiny Wax racer, Ponchy Wipeout, the veteran Bumper Save racer, Murray Clutchburn, the veteran Sputter Stop racer, Ralph Carlow, the veteran Lil Torquey Pistons racer, and Dino Draftsky, the veteran Clutch Aid racer, all made it to the end of the season. However, all of them were replaced with next generation racers by the Florida 500.
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In Lightning McQueen's crash in the teaser trailer, McQueen has his old paint job that he had in the first two Cars films. In the actual movie when he crashes, his paint job is different.
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EASTER EGG: When Lightning McQueen and Cruz Ramirez change places in the final race, just before Cruz goes on the track, and she talks to McQueen, you can see the iCar in the background.
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At the Motor Speedway of the South, six veteran racers (the veteran Nitroade, Blinkr, N2O Cola, Mood Springs, Re-volting, and Easy Idle racers) were fired to make room for six new next generation rookies (Tim Treadless, Ryan "Inside" Laney, H.J. Hollis, Ed Truncan, Aaron Clocker, and Harvey Rodcap). This suggests that it's possible that more veteran racers were fired than retired.
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Mia and Tia do not make an appearance in the film. Which is weird considering the whole premise is about Lightning, and Mia and Tia are fans of Lightning.
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