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Cars 3

2017 | 102 min | S | adventure, animation, comedy, family

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 with her own plan to win, 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.

After watching the movie, you can have a discussion about the following questions:

  • In the movie “Cars 3,” there are various types of cars, each with their own personality. Who was your favorite car character? Why? You can even draw the car character if you’d like.
  • Lightning McQueen has many good friends. Design one more friend for Lightning McQueen. Create a story about their friendship. Make a drawing of the new friend.
  • Typically, in movies, there is a villain or a bad character. Who were the villains or bad characters in this movie? What were they like?
  • The movie explores motivation and self-belief. What do these concepts mean? Discuss together where motivation, self-belief, and confidence come from. How can you develop these qualities?
  • Why did Lightning McQueen give Cruz Ramirez a chance to compete? What thoughts did this decision evoke in you?

After watching the movie, you can also do the following tasks:

  • The movie tells the story of Cruz Ramirez. She finally gets to pursue her dream of becoming a racing car. Write a sequel to Cruz’s story that continues after the end of the movie. You can even create a comic strip if you wish.


“Cars 3” is most suitable for 1st to 3rd-grade students. This third installment in the “Cars” series offers a deeper story compared to its predecessors. While the movie remains true to its style with its racing and adventurous elements, it also raises questions about life values. As Lightning McQueen searches for his own motivation, he forms a friendship with his trainer and mechanic, Cruz Ramirez. Through this friendship, Lightning McQueen ends up reflecting on self-confidence and the priorities in life.

The movie introduces a variety of diverse and fantastic characters. Simultaneously, it explores the themes of aging and the impact of new technologies on our lives, as well as contemplations about what is truly meaningful. In addition to these profound themes, the movie offers humor and, of course, plenty of Mater jokes.

Educational Material Author: Elina Vitkala / Mediametka

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About the movie


  • arts
  • ethics
  • finnish


  • educational materials
  • equality
  • friendship
  • humoristic
  • imagination growth
  • intertextual
  • learning materials
  • motivation
  • optimistic
  • respectful
  • rolemodels
  • succeeding
  • thought awakening
  • warmth

Educational levels

  • middle schools
  • preschools
  • primary schools


  • adventure
  • animation
  • comedy
  • family

Age limits

  • S


  • Walt Disney