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The "Cars" Series: One of Pixar's Greatest Hits...Seriously!

Updated: May 24, 2020

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Seriously, I mean it! I spent a small chunk of my quarantine time watching movies (as I'm sure many of us in the world have) and part of that small chunk included me watching Cars, Cars 2, and Cars 3. Yes, I know Cars has become a main topic for a ton of memes as of late, but with all jokes aside, the films are still great!

As a young girl, I never really loved the Cars movie, but I did however love the Wii game Cars Race-O-Rama. My brother and I used to play it all the time. We wouldn't even participate in the races, we'd just drive around and explore the sweet town of "Radiator Springs." It was just relaxing for me to cruise around the town and enjoy the sights and scenery, it was a peaceful little made-up place. When I was a kid it was like a big thing to play driving games. Everyone my age was into them, especially me! I guess we were just anticipating obtaining our real licenses someday and having the ability to actually drive. Now that we do, I think we can almost all agree that it is MUCH more fun in video games...safer too!

Knowing how much I used to love the Wii game, inspired me to watch the series whilst staying home and not having much to do. After doing so, I must say that the series is put together really excellently. From the heartwarming qualities of the story, to the detailed animation, each film brings something valuable, something memorable, and something fun for all ages! And when all is said and done, you're like "this movie was about TALKING CARS and yet why am I so emotionally moved!" In my opinion, cars are some of the least likely things to personify. Pixar man, they are GOOD at what they do.

Another nice part of the film series is the way in which they went about honoring the passing of character Doc Hudson, played by Paul Newman, throughout parts 2 and 3. Paul Newman was also known not only in the entertainment world, but in the racing world as well, which makes the fact that he was a part of this series even more interesting. Paul Newman passed in 2008, two years after the first film was released, and rather than recasting another voice to play the role of Doc, the creators decided to memorialize the life of the character in the following films. I found this to be a sweet touch because although they were honoring the character Doc, they were also honoring Paul Newman in doing so.

This a pretty short review, more of a PSA to be honest. A public service announcement to let all people my age (and everyone for that matter) who saw Cars when they were growing up to watch it again, I bet it will be even more impactful now then it was before! There is so much symbolism in it,(as Pixar films often contain) and I am able to relate to it in a personal way. Currently, as I work toward finishing school and building my career, I am torn between the heavy demanding work flow of the film world, but also the more calm and laid-back world of a less busy lifestyle. I know that I can have the luxuries of both worlds, but it is more difficult than it may seem, especially since the film and tv industry are both, most often, fast-paced industries. In relation to Cars, and specifically the first one, this similar idea is addressed when looking at the racing world vs. Radiator Springs. Not to get all weirdly deep and spiritual, but I hope that as I go forward with my career, that I can always find a place in my soul for a "Radiator Springs." A place to call home, and to return to when the life around me becomes overwhelming. A place of peace!

See! This is what I mean! Pixar, and Cars specifically, can bring up things in you that you would not expect an animated film about talking vehicles to be able to do. Each film in the series has the storytelling potential to do so for that matter. Cars 3 really brings the entire story together in the sweetest most rewarding way possible, but I won't spoil much more than that! Oh, and also, if you skip Cars 2, then personally I don't feel 3 will seem as justified as it does when you watch all the films in order...just saying (lol). On that note, I shall leave you to it, get to watching (or re-watching) the Cars series now, you won't regret it. And I, will be re-purchasing the Wii game Cars Race-O-Rama to keep me occupied during these crazy times! Stay well everyone! ❤️

~Francesca Reviews


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