Look, it wouldn’t take long to explain why Cars 3 is one of the weakest features ever released by the once-infallible animation wizards of Pixar. So after a few minutes of cataloguing the sequel’s generic storytelling choices, A.V. Club critics A.A. Dowd and Ignatiy Vishnevetsky turned to a more compelling topic of conversation: the film’s endlessly confusing and bizarre alternate universe of sentient talking vehicles. Do the cars of Cars have to eat? Are they born or built? What the hell does it really look like under the hood of these godless machines?

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