I’m not always a big fan of sequels. Many can work, but most don’t. And I was happy when Pixar decided to remain focused on producing only original material and try and leave sequels alone. And indeed outside of Toy Story that’s what they did. When Disney purchased the company however, they made it clear that sequels of popular movies would be a path they want to pursue for the company and I was quite disappointed.
And although Toy Story 3 was well done and a popular movie, their other sequels like Monster University and Cars 2, took Pixar down from always making great movies to middle of the road affairs. Not a sign for the most revered of animation companies. However Finding Dory proved that Pixar still has what it takes to write exceptional stories and not only that – proved that sequels could work, if they are done right.
So with the news of Cars 3 being made by Pixar, I’m left wondering if we can expect an average movie like Cars 2 or could we see something exceptional again from Pixar. Well, the teaser trailer for Cars 3 has just been released, so we have our first chance of finding out the answer to that question:
And to be honest that is something quite different. You would expect something light and funny, but that actually comes across as quite intense and filled with deep emotion. It does exactly what any teaser trailer should do and make you want to watch more.
Now I know you can’t really tell much or read too much into a teaser trailer, but if this is an indication of what to expect from the movie, then this could be another return to form for Pixar. And helps us get over the disappointment that was Cars 2.
Cars 3 is based off a screenplay by Daniel Gerson (Monsters Inc, Big Hero 6) and features the directorial debut of Pixar story artist Brian Fee. Fee has worked on the previous two Cars films and a host of other Pixar movies, so is familiar with what the studio has produced in the past and seems set on taking this film back into deep emotional material.
And that seems to be what they are definitely going for, as John Lassetter had previously mentioned to /Film:
Lightning McQueen, he’s awesome. We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to ‘Cars 1,’ where you get into a deep emotion with him. It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson.
Director Fee also had the following to say about what to expect in the movie:
Cruz Ramirez is trying to figure out how this old dog can learn some new tricks. Think of where he’d be in his career now in real time. (McQueen) is not an old man, but he’s one of the older cars on the circuit with new rookies coming in. People start to wonder and ask when he might retire.
Sounds a lot like a Rocky Balboa storyline here which is a good thing. I am definitely looking forward to seeing more. When Pixar is on top of their game, it’s great news for everyone.
Cars 3 is due out June 16, 2017.
Last Updated: November 24, 2016