Cars 3 Music and Characters
I always feel like in a review there should be one sentence at the end that perfectly sums up how I feel about what I'm reviewing. But this time I can't help it. I have to say it now:
Cars 3 is BY FAR the best Disney･Pixar Cars movie out of the three!
How I feel about Cars: the first movie to feature Lightning McQueen, Mater and the rest of the gang holds a special place in my heart. My son was crazy about all things Cars when he was younger. They were instrumental in his development, and I know he's just one of so many children who connected with the various characters from the movie.
In addition to all that, Cars is simply a beloved movie. It has a great plot, excellent music and a solid story.
In defense of Cars 2: Cars 2 has received quite a bit of flack over the years, but I think a lot of that criticism is too harsh.
Let's face it, we have extra-high expectations for all things Pixar, and the plot of Cars 2 was a departure from the original Cars. While Cars 2 isn't anywhere near Cars in terms of heart and sincerity, it's far better than plenty of other animated films released around the same time!
All in all, though, 2 things set the newest movie apart from it's predecessors: the music of Cars 3 and the new characters in Cars 3.
Cars 3 Music
The music of Cars 3 sets it apart from the first two for a few different reasons.
First, there are songs that cross several different genres, from country to classic rock to R&B.
But don't expect the songs of Cars 3 to be the same ones we've heard countless times on the radio. The Cars 3 soundtrack features four classic song covers from newer artists. These new versions give a fresh voice to the music and put a spin on the songs that make it fit perfectly into the Cars 3 story!
Cover songs in Cars 3
There are four covers performed in Cars 3. These are the remakes of the classics, with information on the original singers and the new artists:
- “Kings Highway” :: performed by James Bay (originally by Tom Petty)
- “Glory Days” :: performed by Audra Day (original by Bruce Springsteen)
- “Drive My Car” :: Jorge Blanco (original by the Beatles)
- “Freeway of Love” :: Lea Delaria (original by Aretha Franklin)
Original Songs in Cars 3
Another reason the music brings Cars 3 to the next level is the original music. With music from blockbuster country artists and up and coming indie musicians, the variety of songs performed means there's something for everyone!
These are the original songs performed in Cars 3:
- “Run That Race” :: by Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys
- “Truckaroo” :: by Brad Paisley
- “Thunder Hollow Breakdown” :: By Brad Paisley
- “Ride” :: by ZZ Ward Featuring Gary Clark Jr.
Song in the Credits of Cars 3
I've seen the movie twice. Both times I watched through all the credits specifically to see who sings the song in the credits of Cars 3. The second time I wrote down my guesses so I could listen to the songs from the movie at home to figure it out.
Characters of Cars 3
The new characters introduced in Cars 3 bring so much heart and depth to the story. I don't want to share any spoilers, but I did want to give a quick overview of a few of the new characters in Cars 3.
Cars 3 Review: Final Thoughts
I feel like I've already said everything I need to say about this movie. It's wonderful. It has heart and soul.
If you're uncertain about Cars after seeing Cars 2, don't be! Cars 3 is the best of the best, and it's everything we've come to expect from Disney･Pixar!
Cars 3 races into theaters everywhere on June 16th. See your local showtimes and pre-order your tickets now!
See my other Cars 3 content:
- An unbelievable Disneyland night at the Cars 3 premiere.
- Get the newest printable Cars 3 activity sheets
- Everything I'll be doing at the #Cars3Event
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