Cars 3: while this has no bearing if a film is good or entertaining, for it to be a proper sequel it should go beyond having the same characters or following up the story, and retain the same theme and tone of the original work. It is what Brian Fee achieves in this film, which gets back to Cars in all relevant ways. The story feels like an organic continuation to the original film, and it’s also stands well by itself. The new characters complement well the veterans, and the same can be said for the voice acting, which retains a low-key quality. Cristela Alonzo and Chris Cooper are good additions to the cast, and Owen Wilson easily plays this character’s charm by now. Randy Newman’s score is exciting and nostalgic when it needs to be either of those. The animation is, not unexpectedly, marvelous. The racing scenes are very colorful and dynamic, but it’s in the environment building in the quiet moments midway through the film that really shines; the lighting is just perfect and moody, almost photorealistic.
LOU, the short that plays alongside, is cute and has a fine message, but not as inventive as some other shorts Pixar has produced over the years.