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Final ‘Cars 3’ Trailer Shows Off Surprisingly Emotional Film

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It’s no secret that Cars 2 wasn’t Pixar’s finest moment. Coming immediately off the heels of 2010’s masterpiece Toy Story 3, 2011’s Cars 2 threw a curve ball and admitted the impossible: even Pixar can’t have a perfect scorecard.

But if the upcoming Cars 3 has anything to say about the matter, soon we maybe (just maybe) won’t even remember the days of Mater gallivanting across Europe as a pseudo-secret agent. The third entry in the franchise, released June 16, has painted itself to the public as a return to form not just for the series, but for Pixar as a studio: gripping, intriguing, surprisingly gritty, and (thank you!) emotional.

The final trailer for Cars 3 just dropped. It so earnestly wants its audience to be involved in its story, to care for its narrative, to erase the wrongs of Mater and airplanes and everything that’s given its foundation a sour reputation. Take a look for yourself.

 

Along with the trailer comes a pair of new stills.

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As a refresher, the film announced its voice cast last month.

Cars 3 hits theaters June 16, 2017, and is directed by Brian Fee.

What are your thoughts on the final trailer? Will you race to the theater to see Cars 3?

Edited by: MJ Edwards

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About Blake Taylor

Blake graduated Appalachian State University studying Electronic Media Production/Broadcasting and Film. He is currently a participant of the Disney College Program. Blake’s favorite films are Mary Poppins, The Lion King, and Toy Story 3. You can find him on Twitter (@blake_242) and visit his blog at blakeonline.com.
  • Dante Panora

    If I’m being honest nothing about the trailer indicates it’s going to be any better than the first movie. I think the first Cars was a decent animated movie that kind of got bogged down by Pixar’s own reputation. Sure Cars 3 looks less obnoxious then the second one, but I honestly feel they are making the trailers this way in response to the very negative reception the second one got.

    • Manuel Orozco

      Obviously you’re right. I thought the second one was better than the 1st one. But does not retain the original’s rewatch quality. This new one should be awesome

    • Marielle

      I agree. Aside from the updated aesthetics, nothing seems revolutionary in this trailer. It’s Pixar’s sports movie and it’s a genre that’s always a bit cliché.

      • Manuel Orozco

        True which is why I’m not into sports movies a lot. But what the hey? Let’s all have fun with it.

      • Dave 52

        I wouldn’t really say “revolutionary” to describe this trailer. It is more so different and kind of inspiring and that is saying something especially coming from the Cars franchise of all things. This movie does look as if it could be in the same quality as some of Pixar’s greats or at least close to some of their greats.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Well most of Pixar’s movies are not great but simply entertaining and not so bad tasting. But I agree Dave about being inspiring and could join the ranks of the studio’s masterpieces.

        • Manuel Orozco

          By the way Dave, as I was asking on the Smurfs review thread, what did you mean by if being focused on being timeless?

          • Dave 52

            What I meant for Smurfs being more “timeless” is that if the movie had less out of place pop songs it would have that timeless Peanuts Movie feel that doesn’t take you out of the movie but brings you more into the world.

          • Manuel Orozco

            I guess it totally makes sense. So I have to agree and I would have just had I’m A Lady and I’m Blue instead of We Could Be Heroes too. But at least both movies were great and had Wizard of Oz vibes in different ways.

          • Dave 52

            I wouldn’t call Smurfs a great like say Peanuts but I would say it’s a pretty decent and a more respectful adaptation of the comics. I feel the fact that Peanuts tried a little bit harder so that is why I think it’s a but better. However, Lost Village is still very creative and definitely does feel like something similar to Wizard of Oz or even Alice In Wonderland when it does it’s world building.

          • Manuel Orozco

            To each their own. Smurfs Lost Village was more of my taste since I don’t ususally see movies that like Peanuts Movie deliver deeply felt emotion. But as fans of the legendary characters, I’m not that big on the Smurfs and Charlie Brown.

          • Manuel Orozco

            Just to elaborate on what I mean by Wizard Of Oz vibes is the character dynamic between Smurfette, Brainy, Hefty and Clumsy and the Peanuts Movie’s message that you have the power inside you to make your life better and you spent the entire show looking in the wrong places.

  • I still can’t stop thinking about that Lightning McGrill product. Like seriously, what do they even cook on there!? Oil? Then again, how can you even grill oil!?

    Aside from that, I’m actually looking forward to seeing this movie. This may even be consider as the real sequel of the Cars franchise unlike Cars 2. But what more exciting is the animated short film that will be played before the movie! That of course being Lou!

    • Manuel Orozco

      I don’t care about Sterlings little merchandise scheme. But I agree this is the true sequel to Cars

  • Manuel Orozco

    It was good to see Sally and Mater. The racing looks Epic and solidifies why the franchise should always be about cool talking cars in racing thrills and off the track drama! This might end up being this year’s Toy Story 3.

  • Jeremiah

    I happy.

  • I’m surprised at how impressed I am by this trailer. This could be redemption after the Cars 2 disaster.

    • Manuel Orozco

      I don’t blame you. And actually i never really thought Mater was all annoying. But at least Larry the Cable Guy has a decent comic mind. I’m not even disappointed one bit Flinn and Holly won’t be back. Besides, this should always be Lightning’s story as this helleva automobile jamboree started as. Also, if Paul Newman lived to reprise Doc in Cars 2, I would imagine Doc giving Lightning a fatherly lecture on treating your friends after his argument with Mater.

  • Sebastian

    Mr. McClean hahaha
    That Kachow Mix looks identical to my country’s popular chocolate.

    Yes I’m really supporting what they’re going for here with Cars 3. It’s nice to see the radiator springs gang back and is it only me or is this movie showcasing winter, cause I can swear that I saw snow in radiator springs. The animation, I mean I have no words Pixar keeps their game up and I also heard that their animation got so realistic during production that they had to back it.

    I am very happy that Pixar is not afraid of showing on screen intensity cause that crash was very intense but also very daring to show.

    I’m mostly looking forward to what they hid in the trailers, McQueen’s memories of Doc and how it affects him as a veteran who’s no longer a rookie. That’s gonna be very emotional I believe.

    • Manuel Orozco

      That’s weird what you said about winter. I didn’t notice it one little bit. The crash didn’t even scare me. But it would have costed them a PG rating but Cars 3 now has a G rating instead. As for Doc, they’re going to use audio archives of Paul Newman. So that should make the moment all the more special. And I know he would be proud of Cars success if he was still alive.

      • Sebastian

        I spotted from the scene where Sally enters the door to the Fillmore scene, snow in the background at top of the mountains in the valley. So could be at end of winter.

        Intense doesn’t mean it has to be scary well put it can just have you feel something like worried or surprised. I didn’t find it scary either but I still felt something for the crash.

        I’m sure the Doc scenes are going to be one of the strongest parts of the film. Plus I really believe that McQueen will be reminding himself of Doc still being around as he is training.

        • Manuel Orozco

          Nice point there I’ll try and keep that in mind. The crash didn’t make me too worried. If the movie can maintain its seriocomic tone like Finding Dory did last year shifting into emotional territory but still keeping it fun at the same time, that would be wonderful. Doc scenes should definitely be strong. Because when we reach Florida, it’ll be time for Lightning to really turn right to go left.

  • Here’s what I think. It certainly looks 10 times better than Cars 2. Much more emotional,
    serious, all wrapped up with excellent animation. The only thing I’m unsure about is the
    story. For a Pixar movie, it seems too simple. Either McQueen wins in the end (like most
    redemption films) or he doesn’t win and learns that winning isn’t everything (like Cars 1).

    • Manuel Orozco

      Well Rail I don’t think this Cars will be a slight rehash of the original like I thought Dory was going to be.

  • Very good trailer 🙂
    Would have loved to hear Armie Hammer speak but other than that pretty good 😉

    • Manuel Orozco

      I would have love to hear Johnny Storm speak too. I bet they were trying to get across that he is portrayed as more of an obstacle more than a primary threat. Kind of like Thunderclap in the Good Dinosaur.

  • Chelsea Robson

    I about cried at one point and then had to remind myself to get it together. That being said, I hope they didn’t just show me the whole movie…

    • Manuel Orozco

      I’m pretty sure they didn’t show the whole thing. It would take a little more than that to ruin my enjoyment of the movie.