Cars 3 Untold: Jay Ward | Disney•Pixar

Cars 3 Untold: Jay Ward | Disney•Pixar


My dad was a auto wholesaler. He would buy cars, he would fix them up,
and he would sell them for more. And my earliest memories
were hanging out in his shop. He’d be in the back detailing,
and painting, and prepping real cars, and I’d be drawing them on a pad,
in the front. Just spending hours in my summer
doing that and loving it. Basically I’m John Lasseter’s eyes and ears
on everything Cars related. I had worked on the first film with John
as a manager for the character team, and John realized I actually knew
a lot about cars. And so he began to sort of lean on me
as a consultant for the movie, to say, “Is this detail right?
“Is that how that car should sound?” That’s how I became
the Creative Director for Cars. We didn’t have that job before.
John just sort of created it. One of the big things to us is, being authentic
and getting the details right with Cars. All the pieces, the undercarriage,
the suspension, the paint, everything looks beautiful
because we do all that homework. That’s probably my favorite part
of making these films. Going on the trips to Route 66,
or Detroit, or even the deep south, when we were working on Cars 3
for all the kind of Nascar stuff, that was a blast. Brian Fee and myself and some of the people
working on the film, were in North Carolina
going deep into the woods to these old,
what we call, ghost tracks. These old tracks that had been closed for years,
with weeds growing up through them. You could hear the sign squeaking. You could hear the wind blowing
between the fence. And you realized,
this was almost like this hallowed ground we were on. It was really strange. It was spooky and eerie, and yet, you had this sense of reverence
when you were there, for all these races that had happened. And we tried to put a little bit of that
into the film with Thomasville. It was really fun. I think what I’d love to do is, build a car that I could race at Bonneville
on the Salt Flats. And that would be
building a traditional style hot rod roadster. And those cars are purpose-built. And the goal of them is, just to go as fast as possible
in a straight line. I’d love to build one someday,
go 200 miles an hour, and pull my own parachute
on the Bonneville Salt Flats. That’d be pretty cool. I’m Jay Ward,
the Creative Director for the Cars franchise, here at Pixar Animation Studios,
and I hope you really enjoy Cars 3. Thanks.

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