After revealing an enigmatic teaser trailer that confused some fans due to its surprisingly dark tone, #Pixar finally released the full length trailer of the acclaimed studio's next big picture, #Cars3.
Check out the full trailer for Cars 3 below.
The trailer for #Cars3 shows what could be the swan song for both Lightning McQueen (voiced by Owen Wilson) and the #Cars series. This return to form may seem innocent enough, but for older viewers, Cars 3 may feel nostalgic for unexpected reasons.
If the trailers are to be taken at face value, Cars 3 is actually Pixar's animated remake of Rocky IV - a movie released 1985.
In Cars 3, Lightning McQueen is no longer the fastest car in the world. Looking to take the title is Jackson Storm (voiced by Armie Harmer), who believes that the world belongs to him. It's up to Lightning to teach Jackson a lesson or two.
In Rocky IV, the world's greatest boxer Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) finally meets his match: the Russian behemoth Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren). After Ivan kills Apollo Creed (Carl Weathers) in an exhibition match, Rocky decides to put Ivan in his place by means of a boxing match in Moscow, Russia.
Both Cars 3 and Rocky IV follow fictional sports legends who may be nearing retirement, but they nobly choose to participate in what could be the biggest and riskiest fights of their professional careers not only because their reputation is at stake, but so are the sporting principles they stand for.
At first, the similarities may end there, but looking deeper will reveal that the movies are essentially the same.
Rocky and Lightning are down-to-earth athletes who were both humbled after fame and pride got to their heads in Rocky III and Cars, respectively. Now, they are both seen as role models in their chosen sports that they redefined through their heroic sportsmanship.
Their rivals, on the other hand, know no such humility. Ivan is proclaimed by the Soviet Union to be the greatest fighter ever trained, while Jackson is said to be an entitled hotshot with technology on his side. This was confirmed by director Brian Fee when he revealed some plot details for Cars 3 to Entertainment Weekly.
"Jackson was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. Everything comes easy to him..."
Each hero also has a female supporting character who may not agree with everything they stand for, but still supports them anyway.
Rocky has his long-time lover Adrian (Talia Shire) on his side. Though she would prefer it if Rocky didn't fight anymore, she will always be there for him when the third act rolls in. Lightning is now backed up by Cruz Ramirez (voiced by Cristela Alonzo), who doubles as a friend and a coach in the third Cars installment. Cruz may be of the same age group as Jackson, but she has more respect for the likes of Lightning and his generation.
More similarities and differences could be pointed out in the future as more details about Cars 3 slowly pour in.
Old Versus New
Rocky and Lightning rely on unconventional and dated methods to get their groove back on. When Rocky used farming equipment and wood for his weight training, Lightning is shown in the latest trailer to use an old, dilapidated race track (possibly one from the first two Cars films) to refurbish his driving skills.
Doing so shows that the heroes lovingly respect traditions, and they know that success comes from hard work that can only be accomplished through means of somewhat primitive methods.
Ivan is shown working out in a state-of-the-art Soviet laboratory where he and his team use scientific equipment to improve his fighting capacity. Jackson has a similar technological edge, and the trailer described him to be a part of "the next generation of high-tech racers" while showing clips of him training in virtual reality simulations.
These training methods hint that characters who use whatever technology is made available to them are automatically lazy and entitled antagonists. This is in direct contrast to those who use old-fashioned, but effective, training methods like dragging your friend on a sled in the snow to build a good fighting physique.
The themes of a seemingly outdated but morally superior older generation facing a cocky breed of newcomers were dominant in the Rocky sequels (especially in Rocky IV and V), and they will now be the thematic core of Cars 3.
Fee's main focus for the latest Cars movie seems to be his unflattering take on the millennial generation's arrogance, and this was made all the more evident in the same interview with Entertainment Weekly:
"He [Jackson Storm] thinks the world is his. He's taking over. He's owed it... The older guys had their day, and it's done, and they have no place in the future of racing."
The Good Ol' Cars
It's too early to determine where Cars 3 will go from a narrative standpoint, but its similarities to Rocky IV of all things can help observant viewers predict where the story may go. Unless the crew behind this movie pulls a fast one and actually have some cool unexpected twists up their sleeves, Cars 3 may continue the Cars tradition of being the most predictable and generic entries in Pixar's otherwise strong line-up of groundbreaking animated movies.
Cars 3 is set to be released on June of this year, and only time will tell if it will be the promised send-off for one of Pixar's original stories, or if it will become the animated and equally self-indulgent equivalent of Rocky IV - the Rocky movie that is jokingly referred to as Rocky Versus The Cold War and has become one of the best guilty pleasures ever made.
What do you think of Cars 3 based on its newest trailer?