The Art of Cars 3
Road rave Pixar shares a generous dose of behind-the scenes imagery as it unpacks its second Cars sequel
When it comes to art books, Pixar has been hitting it out of the park for some years now. And while the workmanlike Cars 3 isn’t exactly its most iconic movie to date, this release shows exactly how an ‘art of’ movie book should be done.
As production designers Bill Cone and Jay Shuster explain in their introduction, the central challenge was to evolve the world of the previous films in an entertaining way for the audience. With Cars 3, they opted for a new location, the southeastern United States, and a visual theme informed by the origins of NASCAR in the rural South. The book explores how this new world was developed, with insights from the artists and filmmakers along the way.
Most importantly, it’s all beautifully illustrated, with everything from preliminary notebook sketches and storyboards to fully fledged concept art, both physical and digital. With such a rich variety of visual material on display, including deleted and unused material, there’s no need to pad the book out with film stills: hurrah! Plus there are full artist credits for every image used: double hurrah!
A storyboard from a race early on in the film shows both Lightning McQueen’s skills and the camaraderie between him and his fellow racers.