So the new teaser for Pixar's newest sequel, Cars 3, has dropped — and there is no comedy to be seen. In fact, it focuses on a very shocking slo-mo shot of what is obviously the famous Lightning McQueen crashing in a race:
When I saw this, my immediate thoughts were, "Is this the newest Fast and Furious movie just mislabeled?" But nope, this is the newest Cars film — and you know what? I can't deny that my curiosity is raised.
Honestly, I wasn't a fan of both previous Cars films, and when this teaser popped into my feed, I couldn't help but groan and say, "Really? ANOTHER one?" But let's remember, Pixar is the great company that gave us brilliant films like Inside Out, Toy Story 3, Wall-E and Up, all of which explored complex emotional material. Is Pixar actually giving the Cars franchise some pathos?
This teaser sets up Cars 3 as quite different from its predecessors in both tone and, perhaps, story. The previous films (as well as the Planes spin-offs) were very bright, vibrant and colorful, which worked for the beautiful animation, but the stories weren't all that impressive and gave the feeling that those movies were made to sell toys. Cars 3 has the chance to be like Toy Story 3 and deliver us a great story that could possibly get us to start crying in theaters, thus fulfilling the sick thirst for tears that I know John Lasseter and Co. have.
I decided to take a look at the description for the movie and found myself surprised:
"Lightning McQueen sets out to prove to a new generation of racers that he's still the best race car in the world."
Hmm, a new generation, huh? That gives the impression that this sequel takes place many years after the first two, and now Lightning McQueen is much older and going through a mid-life crisis, so he tries to get back into racing and ends up with the worst crash of his life. Maybe now the movie will put the focus on a new character who becomes a racer and is trained by Lightning, which makes him take the place of Paul Newman's Doc Hudson from the first Cars film?
Lightning McQueen could retire at the end of the movie retire OR (if Pixar decides to throw a curveball) even die. Would Pixar go there?
I may not be a Cars fan, but I am a Pixar fan, so I always have faith in them delivering something great. Now it's time to ask about your opinion: Are you looking forward to Cars 3? Do you think it has potential be one of the Pixar greats? What do you think will happen to Lightning McQueen? Let me know in the comments down below!
Cars 3 is coming to theaters in the Summer of 2017.