Pixar Animation Studios released some new concept art along with new character names and a plot line for its upcoming animated sequel Cars 3.
The information appeared in the May 30, 2016 edition of USA Today. From the article, we learn that Lightning McQueen is having to deal with high-tech changes happening in his racing world. In the above image, he is getting trained by a new female character named Cruz Ramirez. According to Cars 3 director Brian Fee, “Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks.”
The story line in the new film is going to return back to the U.S.A. with a focus on “historical race sites throughout the country.” Brian Fee states:
“This movie is a love letter to racing and the American way. We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track.”
One of the film’s antagonists is revealed to be a high-tech rookie race car named Jackson Storm. Fee said that “Jackson Storm is the face of these rookies who have come onto the scene. And McQueen is in a position where his entire racing generation is being pushed out. But it’s too early to be shown the door right now.”
Ramirez’s goal is to help Lightning McQueen get back to the top of his game as he prepares to face this threat and race in the Florida 500 (the Cars version of the Daytona 500).
Brian Fee has worked on both previous Pixar Cars films as a storyboard animator. John Lasseter, Pixar Chief Creative Officer and the director of Cars and Cars 2, said about Fee that “Brian was part of the original story team on Cars, so he really knows the DNA.” Lasseter will executive produce Cars 3.
Consider us intrigued. Cars 3 opens in U.S. theaters next year on June 16th, 2017.
Source: USA Today