I’ve sort of accepted that I’m not the target audience for the “Cars” franchise. And that’s okay. Kids, especially little boys, absolutely adore these movies. But when I saw the teaser for “Cars 3”, a flicker of hope and genuine interest sparked in me. Particularly because of that line at the end. What could this mean for Lightning McQueen and the franchise? Could this actually be something different — even good?

Then I read the synopsis (see below). And then I went, never mind.

“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!”

Cars 3 will feature the return of Owen Wilson as the voice of Lightning McQueen along with Larry the Cable Guy as Mater, Bonnie Hunt as Sally Carrera, and Cheech Marin as Ramone. Cars 3 is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist for Cars and Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, “La Luna” short). The film will race into theaters on June 16, 2017.”


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