Back in late 2016, Pixar got fans of its Cars franchise all revved up with a short teaser trailer for the third movie in the franchise.
Darker than anything seen in the previous two installments, which were more child-oriented than many of the company’s other offerings, the clip (below) saw Lightning McQueen suffer a brutal crash and not much else.
It left fans wondering if Cars 3 would be a more grown-up offering.
Their questions have now received a few more answers with the release of what Pixar is calling an extended sneak peek.
Two new characters are said to feature heavily in Cars 3, in the shape of Cruz Ramirez and Jackson Storm.
Both look set to breathe new life into the franchise, although some may ponder the potential for merchandising them likely being a factor in their introductions too.
The full synopsis for Cars 3, as provided by Pixar, is as follows:
“Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen 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!”
While the first two Cars movies may not be the most loved in Pixar’s back catalog, they did do very well at the box office. The original made a healthy $462 million worldwide, with the sequel outdoing it to the tune of $562 million.
These figures are not spectacular by Pixar’s standards but are clearly high enough to merit a third installment.
Director Brian Fee worked on previous Pixar favorites Ratatouille and WALL-E, although these roles were in the art department.
Cars 3 sees Brian making his directorial debut, which will get off the starting grid when the movie is released in June 2017.
Original Cars 3 teaser: