Great Job, Internet!: Theory: The cars in Cars aren’t cars

It’s hard to shake the marketing for Cars 3 from your mind, which dramatically suggested the death of series protagonist Lightning McQueen. A new video from the Film Theorists attempts to make that death much more visceral, suggesting that it is not a sentient machine that we will be watching die, but instead a living creature made of flesh, blood, and brains. That’s right: The cars in Cars aren’t cars.

The excitable MatPat of Film Theorists first manages to fit this new Pixar theory into the now internet-famous Pixar theory, which posits that all of Pixar’s movies are part of one larger, cohesive narrative. According to that, the cars are highly evolved machines roaming the earth after humans have left it, setting the stage for WALL-E’s post-apocalypse.

The “Cars’ cars aren’t cars” theory turns that on its head. Citing evidence that the cars have …

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