Monday, November 21, 2016

Trailer Review: CARS 3 (Teaser Trailer)

The first teaser trailer for Pixar's Cars 3, a film that I wanted, but probably no one else did, has officially dropped, and Sammy is here to give you his thoughts.  So check out the synopsis, trailer, and review below:

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!

Well, maybe that is a bit hyperbolic, but lets be honest, when Pixar comes up in conversation, people normally talk about the greatness of the Toy Story series, Finding Nemo, Monsters Inc., The IncrediblesWall-E and Up, just to name a few. The Cars franchise is widely regarded as the worst franchise in Pixar's catalogue, which, in my opinion, it is... but I still really like it.

That's the thing with Pixar, because they are so incredible (see what I did there!), when they release a movie that is only... good, audiences are disappointed. Now listen, I am not gonna sit here and defend Cars 2, that movie is, even though I enjoy it, the worst Pixar movie by a mile. It has poor comedy, making Mator the lead was a mistake, and Pixar decided to favour action-packed animation, instead of a good story, which was a shame because what Pixar has always thrived at is telling original, unique stories that inspire audiences and make them laugh and cry. Which, in my opinion, the first Cars achieves.

The first Cars was one of the first movies I saw in theatres. I was 5 years old when Cars came out in the summer of 2006, and I saw it multiple times in theatres, and on home video. I had all the toys, had a Lightning McQueen television, and I think I had Cars bedsheets. Cars was one of the film's that, yeah, laugh all you want, made me fall in love with cinema.

So, yes, perhaps I have been eating too many member berries, but I still think even now, writing this as a 15 and half year old, Cars is a great movie.

It has heart, great characters, beautiful animation, and made a thoroughly enjoyable film out of a generic concept. It features excellent voice work from Owen Wilson, Michael Keaton, Bonny Hunt, Tony Shaloub, Cheech Marin, and the late great's George Carlin and Paul Newman.

So, yes, even though Cars 2 was a disappointment, and Mator is an annoying character, I am looking forward to Cars 3, and I have high hopes for it, especially now, with the excellent 50 second teaser trailer Pixar debuted today.

The trailer is really good, and different for an animated film. I have never seen a trailer for an animated movie quite like this. It's style is similar to what you would expect a comic book movie's trailer would be, or a war film. With the quick shots of the race, then quick cuts to black, then Mcqueen crashing, with his breath panting.

And yes, it is just a 1 minute or so teaser that is just a few shots of an animated car crashing... but it
got me. Somehow, someway, the way the editors cut this teaser together, has got me more amped for Cars 3. And the synopsis (seen above) had already gotten me excited.

Hopefully they cut back on Mator, use him correctly, make the film more emotional, and truly close this franchise on a high note, that might change some people's minds on the first Cars... Cause it doesn't matter how good Cars 3 is, Cars 2 will always be a stain on Pixar's legacy, even if I can find some redeeming qualities in it.

So yeah, I am amped for Cars 3, and I hope you are too, but if your not, or even if you are, sound off below and let us know what you thought!

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