Courage Lessons From Lightning: Cars 3 On Bluray

Thanks Disney for hosting me at Disneyland to celebrate the in-home release of Cars 3 on digital and Blu-ray.

Cars 3 - Lightning McQueen Crash Scene
Photo Credit: Disney Pixar
Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers led by arrogant hotshot Jackson Storm, the legendary Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) is suddenly sidelined and pushed from the sport he loves. To get back on track, he’ll need the help of eager young racing technician Cruz Ramirez, inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected twists and turns of fate. ‘Cause when the rubber finally hits the road, proving that #95 is still in the game will test the courage of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage! Bring home the high-octane hit that’s fully loaded with unforgettable characters, spectacular animation and turbocharged bonus extras!



My son absolutely LOVED Cars!! I did not think anything could top it…well until Cars 2.  So, when the Cars 3 promotion started, we could not wait to see it this past summer.  It was all that we could talk about for weeks leading up to the release date.    

Realizing some of you may not have seen it yet, I don’t want to give spoilers but there were so many lessons we learned from the movie, the biggest one being courage.  Courage is the ability to do something that frightens you. Throughout the movie, even the songs depicted a need for courage.  Here are a few lessons from Lightning that I want to share with you.

Cars 3 - Jackson Storm and Lightning McQueen racing
Photo Credit: Disney Pixar


Lightning learned that one moment can change your life forever.  I know for me; my life would be much easier if we had known about the concepts that I now teach.  I could have possibly avoided so many struggles and suffering.  However, my desire to help others live their best life was forged out of my attempt to live my best life.

Racing wasn’t the best part of Doc’s life Lightning, you were. – Smokey


Lighting learned it takes courage to decide to be done.   I am always reminding myself, if I continue to do the same thing my life will stay the same.  But if I decide to do something different, my life can be filled with all of the things that I desired.  It’s never easy but you have to decide to be done with one thing in order to try something new.

“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having a chance. You have a chance.” – Sally


Lightning learned that the negative things in life can motivate us.  While you can’t always control what happens, you can control how you respond to it.  There’s been many times when negativity tried to suffocate my creativity and steal my dreams.  The negative things that has happened in my life now fuel my faith to expect great things every day. 

It’s a wonder what you can do when you’re not overthinking things. – Smokey


Cars 3: Smokey giving advice to Lightning McQueen
Photo Credit: Disney Pixar

Being courageous is not easy.  I think everyone has moments when they are scared of doing something.  As parents we talk more to our children about responsibility, respect, and truth.  But a courage conversation can go a long way with teaching our children to be true to themselves as they grow up. 


Cars 3 Ultra HD + Blu-Ray + Digital

There are so many other lessons from Cars 3.  This is why you must snag a copy of the Cars 3 Blu-Ray + Bonus Pack available today, November 7th. It includes shorts, commentary on the making of the movie, and deleted scenes.  A few of my favorite bonus features are:

  • Let’s. Get. Crazy.: The “rules” of figure 8 racing, and how Disney Pixar created the Thunder Hollow Crazy 8 race.
  • Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool: An exclusive new mini of testimonials from the Crazy 8 racers on how Miss Fritter’s Racing Skoool changed their lives.
  • Ready for the Race: An interesting look at Hendrick Motorsports campus that influenced the filmmakers.
  • Crus Ramirez: The Yellow Car that Could: Cristela Alonzo (Cruz) and filmmakers journey of creating this new character.
  • 5 Deleted Scenes: There’s an explanation for every deleted scene. The deleted scenes are: “The Boogie Woogie,” “The Jars of Dirt,” “Lugnut,” “The Bolt,” “More than New Paint.”
  • Theatrical Short Lou: A short film written by Dave Mullins about a monster that lives inside a lost-and-found box. It’s entertaining with a positive message about bullying.   
Disney short "Lou" - Lou looking out of the lost and found box
Photo Credit: Disney

Encouraging our children to practice courage is important.  Are you teaching your children to be courageous? How do you feel about the lessons from Lightning? Please comment below, I would love to hear from you.



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  1. We’ve not seen Cars 3 yet, but my kids enjoy the first 2 and would enjoy it. It’s good to read there are good life lessons included!

  2. Courage is a great lesson to teach our kids and one that I don’t pay attention to as much as I should! Thanks for the reminder! Plus, I’m looking forward to checking out Cars 3!

  3. I completely agree with negative things motivating us. I feel the same way. We need to start focusing on how bad things can help us and push us instead of letting it bog us down.

  4. My kids ended up seeing this one without me while on vacation with their grandma. They loved it so much they convinced her to take them to it twice! It’s always a good feeling when they can pick up on life lessons while watching something fun.

  5. I love that Disney is able to put these life lessons into their movies. It’s important to spread the message of courage to the children that are watching these! Media plays such a large role in character development for kids.

    Sondra xx

  6. It is so important to teach courage to our children. The Cars movies have so many great lessons in them. I will have to grab a copy of Cars 3 this weekend.

  7. I watched Cars 3 recently and realized there are some great messages within the movie. I especially loved the ‘don’t be afraid of failure’ bit. You have written such a relevant post – much-needed reminders in today’s world. Cheers!!

  8. Indeed this is one of my favorite movies. So many take aways on life. I love that even its cartoon, there are so many good lines that we can pick on the movie.

  9. Cars 3 is something I can’t wait to see with my niece’s kids. It has awesome messages in it for the little ones. The message Lightning has is something everyone should learn. It really is important to know how to take negative happenings and switch them to something positive. Thanks for sharing this awesome movie.

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