Cars 3 — Official Teaser Trailer

From this moment, everything will change.

Disney/Pixar’s Cars 3 opens in US theatres in 3D June 16, 2017.

Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (voice of Owen Wilson) is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves.

To get back in the game, he will need the help of an eager young race technician, Cruz Ramirez, with her own plan to win, plus inspiration from the late Fabulous Hudson Hornet and a few unexpected turns.

Proving that #95 isn’t through yet will test the heart of a champion on Piston Cup Racing’s biggest stage!

And not in the “We finally find out how they reproduce” kind of way.

I mean, that’s pretty messed up. That’s Lightning McQueen, the star of the franchise voiced by Owen Wilson, going through a very realistic car crash. And the tagline “From this moment, everything will change” is ominous. Very unlike the rest of the light, fun franchise about talking cars, trucks, and planes.

So what could this mean? We don’t know. But it feels like Cars 3 is really going against the grain with the franchise, and we’re all for it. As long as we don’t find out how baby cars are made. Because I don’t think the world could handle that.

This is quite possibly the most dramatic Pixar trailer we’ve ever seen, as the studio usually attempts to tease the fun and colorful characters that audiences (and, you know, kids) can expect to see in the next adventure.

But going quite dark and dramatic with this Cars 3 teaser is a bold and, frankly, admirable move that shows Pixar is trying to do something different with this Cars sequel.

It’s no secret that the Cars franchise is the most critically maligned of the Pixar library. Upon rewatch the first Cars isn’t terrible—it’s John Lasseter’s ode to Americana, and it has a sleepy structure and pacing that’s actually pretty refreshing if you give yourself over to it.

But Cars 2 is one of the worst movies Pixar has ever made, a sequel that trades a loving story for cheap toilet jokes and lazy characters. So when Cars 3 was first announced, many weren’t exactly thrilled by the news. But I have to admit, this debut trailer makes me very curious.

Cars 3, the next film in the uber-successful Pixar franchise, opens June 16, 2017, and the first teaser trailer is here. But this isn’t your typical Disney or Pixar teaser. Unless you call “Bambi’s mother dying” typical Disney. Check it out.

Cars 3 is directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist “Cars,” “Cars 2“) and produced by Kevin Reher (“A Bug’s Life,” “La Luna” short).

Watch the first Cars 3 teaser trailer above. The film marks the directorial debut of Brian Fee, an animator and storyboard artist on films like Wall-E and Monsters University. Cars 3 opens in theaters on June 16, 2017.

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