Mater doesn’t get a lot of page time in “The Art of Disney-Pixar Cars 3,” a companion book to the new animated film.
That’s largely because Mater hasn’t changed much since the first “Cars” film. In the third, Lightning McQueen gets a makeover, makes some new friends and deals with the very real problem of aging. Thus, a new journey.
Admitting they took another “deep dive” into the world of racing, filmmakers use the book to detail what they learned in their latest excursion. Because “Cars 3” visits Doc Hudson’s roots, there’s plenty of classic styling and a quick veer to a demolition derby.
While earlier “Art of Cars” books looked at plenty of characters, this one shows lots about their settings Some of the digital art looks like photographs, not drawings and, yes, it’s remarkable.
The Florida 500 speedway is a marvel of architecture – easily a blueprint for a future Olympic stadium. The Rust-Eze racing center is like an attraction at Epcot.
Because much of the first film inspired the Cars Land area at Disneyland, it’s easy to see why these renderings are so detailed. Look closely and you enjoy the signage that passes quickly when you watch the film.
Although this “Art of” edition is light on copy (it’s basically cutlines and quotes) it does reveal a different kind of inspiration. Unlike many Disney cartoons, “Cars” doesn’t feature any humans or animals. It has to turn machines into characters (not unlike “Transformers”). Curves and edges become crucial to personality; positioning helps determine power.
A look at more than a dozen individual “also in the race” cars shows some of the creativity designers put into those stickers that fill their shells. Creators indicate that logos have been updated from the first film to indicate a sleeker mentality.
There are fun things, too, including a race simulator and a “pay” car phone.
While the phone was a concept in the first film, it wasn’t given a full workout until “Cars 3.” For young fans, it might be a double surprise – particularly if they’ve never seen a pay phone.
While “Art of Cars 3” isn’t as enlightening as “The Art of Moana” (the most detailed volume in the series), it does make a strong case for a sequel that stars all those rambunctious demo derby vehicles. Miss Fritter? We can see your starring role right now.
“The Art of Disney-Pixar Cars 3” is available from Chronicle Books.