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The Cars movies have always been the redheaded stepchildren of the Pixar family. Compared to the likes of Toy Story, Up, Inside Out, The Incredibles, and Ratatouille, these anthropomorphic cars and their baffling world have always stood on the fringes, appealing the young children in the family while the studio’s other movies tend to win over just about everyone.

So what are we to make of Cars 3, whose first teaser trailer suggested a wild left turn for a series that felt stuck in neutral after the second movie? The new trailer sheds more light on what we can expect.

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The first Cars 3 trailer that arrived a little while back was almost hilariously cryptic, showcasing a dark and dreary scene where series star Lightning McQueen wrecks on the racetrack. Children cried. Grown adults made wisecracks about whether or not this will be the anthropomorphized car version of Million Dollar Baby. I’ll say this much: it was jarring enough that even I, someone who would place the Cars movies last on a personal ranking of Pixar movies, was interested in what was going on with this one.

The first hard story details, including the introduction of two new characters, have arrived to add context to that dramatic accident seen in the preview.

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Pixar has released the first teaser trailer for Cars 3, which hints at a dramatic turn for the John Lasseter-created animated franchise. We’ve also updated this post with the newly released Cars 3 teaser poster.

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Most diehard Pixar fans probably don’t rank the Cars films amongst their favorites. They’re not the company’s most acclaimed or successful animated features, but they do sell a ton of toys and, whether you like these movies or not, at least a lot of kids seem to respond to them. The ensemble of talking cars, including Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson), will return to theaters next summer.

The third installment, unlike its predecessor, is not a spy film. Below, Chief Creative Officer of Pixar, John Lassetter, discusses the Cars 3 plot.

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Cars 3 Concept Art

In case you’ve forgotten, Disney and Pixar Animation still have Cars 3 on the way to theaters. With Finding Dory coming to theaters in June, I wouldn’t be surprised if some kind of short teaser trailer debuted with that Pixar sequel in order to get families excited about the return of Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and his trusty tow truck sidekick Mater (Larry the Cable Guy).

But when Cars 3 arrives next summer, Mater won’t be the only friend that Lightning McQueen has on the road. Some new concept art and details about the animated sequel introduce us to a new character, one who will help Lightning McQueen adapt to the fast-changing world of racing that seems to be leaving him behind as newer, more high-tech cars start leaving him in the dust.

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UPDATE: Disney has reached out to let us know that its blog has made an error, and that Scanlon is not directing Cars 3. No director has been announced for the Pixar sequel. Original story follows.

You won’t find many Pixar fanatics who cite the two Cars movies as their favorites from the studio. The first Cars wasn’t bad, but it was a disappointment coming in the middle of Pixar’s impeccable early run, and the second Cars is still the only Pixar movie ever to get a “Rotten” score on Rotten Tomatoes. It’s safe to say a lot of adult fans wouldn’t mind if Lightning McQueen and his friends just drove off into the sunset for good.

But Cars is absolutely huge with kids, and as a result this franchise draws in money by the truckload. Box office and home video sales are just the start of it. There are also toys, theme park attractions, and tons of other tie-in merchandise. So of course Pixar’s going to keep this thing running as long as they can. The studio announced a Cars 3 in 2014, and now they’ve finally revealed who’s behind the wheel: Monsters University director Dan ScanlonRead More »

the wolverine 3

If you like movies with numbers in their titles, Sequel Bits is the news round-up for you! In today’s edition:

  • Hugh Jackman offers an update on The Wolverine 3.
  • Transformers 5 will begin filming very soon.
  • Toni Collette joins XXX 3: The Return of Xander Cage.
  • Yes, Cars 3 will bring new Cars toys.
  • Kung Fu Panda 3 does something very new…
  • Jerry Bruckheimer is still trying to make Top Gun 2 happen.

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toy story 4 release date

Pixar fans already counting the days to Toy Story 4‘s 2017 release date need to reset their calendars. The fourth outing of Woody, Buzz, and the rest of the gang has been officially pushed back a year, and that shiny parking space of a release date now belongs to Cars 3.

More on the new Toy Story 4 release date can be found after the jump.

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Toy Story 4 Poster

D23 Expo begins today in Anahiem California and the big Walt Disney Animation/Pixar Animation Studios presentation will happen at 3:00pm pacific time. The D23 Expo 2015 show floor has just opened revealing a Pixar display featuring posters for the studio’s upcoming slate, including our first look at promotional teaser posters for Toy Story 4, Cars 3 and The Incredibles 2. Hit the jump to see the posters now.

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Disney head Bob Iger dropped a big piece of news offhandedly during the Disney Investor’s Meeting today, stating that Brad Bird is working on the story for The Incredibles 2 and that Pixar is also working on a new Cars movie.

No surprise with the Cars sequel; I’m sure they will continue that franchise until it runs out of gas and stops making them money in toy stores and at theme parks. The Incredibles sequel, on the other hand, is big news, and fans should be excited that Brad Bird is involved. No other details have yet been revealed.

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