Now, consider the backstory of one character in particular: Sarge. Sarge is an Army Jeep who was built (Born? Bred?) for war. Specifically, World War II. His primary purpose is slashing the tires and fuel lines of German Panzers. According to the Blu-Ray extras, Sarge loves talking about his WWII days, "Like the time his tank friend lost his track in the Battle of the Bulge, and Sarge had to tow him to safety." That means even the battles are the same across worlds. Even Sarge's license plate refers to the year of the Pearl Harbor attack -- the year America officially became part of the war effort.
And many male cars with at least 18,000 miles were drafted into service.
And you can see that, apart from the fact that it was fought entirely by motor vehicles, everything about WWII appears to be exactly the same. Which ... very strongly implies that all of the atrocities of WWII also happened, only to cute whimsical cars. Nazi Volkswagens rounding up poor, innocent Opels and sending them to the scrapheap. Vintage Mazdas, their paint still scarred with radiation burns some 60 years after the Nagasaki and Hiroshima bombings. Even airplanes are sentient in this universe, which means some of them personally dropped those bombs. Picture it: Cutesy cartoon bombers all screwed up inside with PTSD, trying to drink away the screams and failing. Always failing ...
And you definitely wouldn't want to be a Beetle or Porsche when Sarge has a flashback.
In order to have a Sarge, there has to be a WWII. And in order to have that, we get all the horrible suffering that came with it. So don't be surprised if Cars 3 sports an oblique reference to their universe's version of the Palestine/Israel conflict. It might be a bit dark for a kids' movie, but you've got to keep the world internally consistent.
Jordan Breeding has a blog and a Twitter, and his work has consistently been referred to as super realistic.
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