Cars 3: What You Need To Know
After two outings on the big screen, Lightning McQueen returns to cinemas this week in Cars 3, the latest animated adventure from Disney and animation behemoths Pixar. So what are McQueen and his four-wheeled buddies up to this time? Here's everything you need to know...
Who's in it?
Owen Wilson returns to provide the voice for Lightning McQueen, while other returning cast members include Tony Shalhoub and Bonnie Hunt, who reprise their roles as Luigi and Sally. Elsewhere though there are plenty of new additions, including Armie Hammer, Cristela Alonzo, Nathan Fillion, Larry the Cable Guy, Bob Costas and Kerry Washington, as well as an appearance for F1 driver Lewis Hamilton.
And who's directing?
Brian Fee, one of Pixar's animators who has worked on films such as WALL·E and Ratatouille, makes his debut in the director's chair for the film, which he has also co-written.
What's the plot?
Lightning McQueen is now a fully-fledged racing legend with seven Piston Cup wins to his name, but just as in all sports his era is coming to and end and a new generation of cars using technology to improve their performance are gradually replacing and retiring his peers.
McQueen has held out longer than most, but now he find himself being usurped by a young upstart named Jackson Storm, an arrogant young racer who constantly teases McQueen about retirement.
When a severe crash leaves McQueen out of action for four months, the veteran racer thinks he may never win a race again, but after seeking advice form his best friend Mater he decides to give it one last shot and tracks down an ageing racer named Smokey, the mentor to to the car who taught him everything: Doc Hudson.
Accepting that he'll never be faster than Storm, McQueen uses Smokey's advice on how to be smarter than his rival on the track, but he'll also need help from his trainer Crux Ramirez, who will prove to be vital to his challenge in ways he never expected.
Does it deliver?
If you're a fan of Pixar's films and enjoyed the first two Cars films, there's plenty to enjoy here and it's the perfect film for a day out at the cinema with the whole family, with the usual serving of cheeky gags aimed at kids and adults alike.