Disney and Pixar continue to push their sequels and spin-offs full-throttle following continued success in 2016. Having released films such as The Jungle Book and Finding Dory to high commercial and critical performance, the house of mouse is set to drive more and more pre-existing properties back to the big screen. Next up: Cars 3.
Cars and Cars 2 storyboard artist Brian Fee is in the directors chair, with Owen Wilson returning as the voice of drag-racing speedster Lightning McQueen. Kevin Rehner (A Bug’s Life) is on as co-producer along with Pixar chief John Lasseter. The team will be looking to return the Cars series to its original condition following the not-so-well-received Cars 2, which placed the focus more on the character of Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) becoming an International spy, rather than the winning formula of the first movie that kept its eye solely on the racing.
Sure enough, the new trailer for Cars 3 places us firmly back in the stands, seated front and centre as McQueen and his opponents race to the finish. In fact the teaser alone probably sets up the film well enough, as it shows the red racer getting involved in what looks to be a severe crash, which, as the synopsis shown below confirms, sees the all-star Car kicked out of the sport.
Official Synopsis and Trailer:
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!
Of course, more trailers and clips will follow, but we kind of wish they wouldn’t here as the 50-second teaser gives us a good hint at the direction the movie’s story will go in by itself; we know that the red car shown wrecked and rolling is Lightning McQueen, therefore we know the main problem the character will have to overcome. Our interest in seeing the film has already been peaked, as all that remains to find out is how McQueen will get back in shape and compete once again.
Regardless, the filmmakers’ have returned the franchise to its racing roots, and that is surely a good sign.
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Get set for Cars 3, arriving in theatres July 14th, 2017.