Thing I thought of watching Cars 3 in the movie this car named Sterling who takes over Rusteze and wants to merchandise Lightning McQueen's image while also taking him out of the race. I wonder if Sterling is a representation of Disney. I wonder if during production Disney at one point of the production tried to stop the production and just wanted to keep merchandising Lightning McQueen which would make sense as Cars was a critical and financial failure even without inflation according to Box Office Mojo the only movies it is more successful then are the Good Dinosaur and A Bug's Life. This is just something I thought of while watching so I could totally be wrong and such.
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http://www.boxofficemojo.com/franchi.../?id=pixar.htm