There are lots of hidden messages in the new Cars 3 Disney Pixar movie, due for general release on 22 June 2017 in Australia. I was not disappointed and actually left the screening feeling it was the best movie of the now trilogy.
The story revolves around Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and the fact that he has aged and is now the senior on the racing circuit. A new generation of high-tech racers (affectionately called 'The Next Gens') have been 'born' with new rookie Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer) being Lightning's main opponent. The advances in the new technology have changed the race teams and it is a sign of the times the way Lightning warms up for the new race season.
Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) is Lightning's 21st-century trainer who uses alternative training like virtual reality treadmills and mind power over the traditional physical training you would expect. The movie has definitely moved with the times and done it well in my opinion.
Admittedly, some of the messages may go over the heads of some the younger viewers, but they will be too excited about seeing their favourite racing car back in action to be bothered about any hidden message. Those older children that do get the main message, will relate getting older is a part of life and you have to deal with that. I am hoping that the audience will not interpret the message as 'when you age, you cannot carry on doing the things you love' but realise it as 'as we get older we have to adjust and find new ways to carry on doing the things we love'
There are some new characters plus the old ones you have grown to love from the previous Cars and Cars 2 movies and you don't have to have seen the first two movies to watch this one.
It will entertain all ages as there is something for everyone. My youngest daughter jabbed me in my ribs and laughed when I turned to look at her. Cruz gets bogged in the sand on the beach and says 'the beach ate me' which is similar to a situation we found ourselves in recently.
I think Pixar have been inventive and moved with the times with this movie. Enjoy it for what it is, an entertaining kids picture. A worthy school holiday or weekend outing in our family's opinion.
Watch out for the tyre high-fives near the end of the movie!