Why Cars 3 Has a Great Lesson to Be Learned…But Isn’t for Tired Young Kids


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We are Disney fanatics in our home and have really been looking forward to see Cars 3. On opening weekend, we decided to go see it, and are very glad we did. My husband and I really enjoyed the movie and thought it shared a great lesson for kids and society in general. However, our girls were maybe a tad young (and tired) for it – they are 4 and (just turning) 6. I do think this is still a must see movie, but for the younger kids, perhaps waiting until it is on DVD and Disney Movies Anywhere is best.

Appropriate Age

I am going to be totally honest here, my 4 year old was asleep within the first 15 minutes of this movie. However, let’s take into consideration that we had been camping for two and a half days in the hot sun so she was exhausted. But my 6 year old, who is usually really good at movies, got bored in the middle and started singing to herself. At times there was a lot of talking, which helped explained the plot, but it could be a lot for young kids.

My husband and I both really enjoyed this film and agreed that ages 7 or 8 and up would be best for it – if you want your kids to really get the film and the lesson it gives. All that being said, it really does depends on the kid. If your kid is a huge Cars fan, they just might have no problem sitting through this film and paying enough attention to understand the important lesson to be learned. If they are especially young however, I recommend going to the theater first thing in the morning or right after nap time.

CARS 3 Meet the Legends

MEET THE LEGENDS — Lightning McQueen comes hood to hood with a group of characters who represent the roots of stock car racing—and provide a link to Lightning’s late coach and mentor, Doc Hudson. ©2017 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Positive Message

Now, I have seen some reviews state that this movie is not good for young girls or women. I have seen them say that some of the race cars talk down to the female cars. While this is not exactly wrong, I don’t think it had much to do with the cars being women (with the exception of one part). The way I saw it was they were treating the car like that because she was a trainer and not a racer. That being said, the story line could have accomplished the same thing if the trainer car was male. Then there would not have been as much backlash. Still, this in an important lesson that kids should learn (trying to avoid spoilers here).


Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves. To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns. Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

Coloring Pages & Family Activities

Download Here —–> Lightning McQueen Coloring Page Download Here —–> Jackson Storm Coloring Page Download Here —–> Cruz Ramirez Coloring Page

Download Here —–> Crazy 8 Card Game

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