New Millennial Cars Revealed for Cars 3!

Today Pixar and Entertainment Weekly  revealed two new characters in the upcoming Cars 3 movie. These two new characters, Jackson Storm and Cruz Ramirez, will be the representation of this generation but with completely different points of view.

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If you have seen the trailer for the movie, which will be coming to theaters in June, then you know Lightening McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) will be involved in a terrible accident of some sort. While we don’t know exact what happens, thankfully, we do know that Lightening McQueen goes through some soul searching. During this time, he is met by rival fast car Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Hammer), a millennial with a strong sense of entitlement.

Jackson Storm

CARS 3 Jackson Storm (voice of Armie Hammer) Jackson Storm is fast, sleek and ready to race. A frontrunner in the next generation of racers, Stormís quiet confidence and cocky demeanor are off-puttingóbut his unmatched speed threatens to redefine the sport. Trained on high-tech simulators that are programmed to perfect technique and maximize velocity, Jackson Storm is literally built to be unbeatableóand he knows it. ©2016 DisneyïPixar. All Rights Reserved.

©2016 DisneyPixar. All Rights Reserved.

But hope is not lost. While Jackson Storm is the millennial rival, Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo) is the millennial ally. Roughly the same age as Jackson Storm, she becomes Lightening McQueen’s trainer. As a fellow member of the Rust-eze racing team, she has the makings of being a good friend to Lightening McQueen.

Cruz Ramirez

CARS 3 Cruz Ramirez (voice of Cristela Alonzo) Cruz Ramirez is a sunny-but-fierce unconventional trainer at the Rust-eze Racing Center. She expertly arms the team's talented rookies with cutting-edge tools to tear up the trackóbut she nearly stalls when her longtime idol Lightning McQueen shows up. While sheíd love to help him find his way back to the top, she knows the competition is faster than ever, and victory is all about speedóor is it? ©2016 DisneyïPixar. All Rights Reserved.

©2016 DisneyPixar. All Rights Reserved.

I can’t help but feel a little nervous about this movie. I loved the first Cars movie because of the setting and the life lessons that Lightening McQueen learns in the end. In reading about the new movie, there are some parallels between the two movies. Lightening McQueen was the young upstart in the first movie, with Doc Hudson (voiced by Paul Newman) being the old, wise car from a bygone era. Cars was about Lightening McQueen finding himself, respecting the past, and learning the true value of friendship. But it was also more than that; it was a story about the changing times in society. Radiator Springs was a booming town before the highway came along. People suddenly wanted things to be faster and more convenient so they no longer had the time for a slower-paced, small town in the middle of nowhere.

In some ways, Cars 3 sounds like it might be trying to show those changes once more. Jackson Storm represents the present and the future, with his high tech upgrades and speed, while Lightening McQueen represents the past, when things were a little slower.

I only hope that they can capture the emotion and the feel of the first movie and not focus too heavily on the stigma placed on the term “millennial.” I also can only handle so many “mid-life crisis” jokes.

Renee Lopez
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