Cars had been an unexpected massive hit in 2006 that Disney Pixar decided to do a sequel, though a quite risky one since Cars 2 was in a much different tone from its predecessor, showcasing more spy-action than race-car action. However, when Cars 2 hit theaters in 2011, it underwhelmed both critically and commercially, having grossed only over $191 million domestically with a budget of $200 million. To make things worse, it was even called Pixar’s first “bad movie.”
Well, it looks like Pixar has learned from its mistakes, and Pixar exec and director John Lasseter is confirming that Cars 3 will be more in tune with the original.
During the world premiere of Finding Dory on Wednesday, Lasseter told Entertainment Weekly at the blue carpet:
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.
In 2006’s Paul Newman voiced the sage Doc. However, following the Oscar-winner’s death in 2008, his character was not replaced in Cars 2 with another voice actor.
Take a look at the entire Facebook Live session from the premiere below:
So it looks like we’ll be shedding a tear or two when Cars 3 is released, and we wouldn’t expect anything less from Pixar. Hopefully, Lasseter’s words will truly be fulfilled with the next installment.
Cars 3 hits theaters on June 16, 2017.