Teaser Trailer for Pixar’s ‘Cars 2’ Debuts

It pains me to say this, but for once in a long while there is an upcoming Pixar movie that I am not in the least bit excited for. I understand that the Cars franchise has been hugely beneficial for Pixar with enormous retail sales and character recognition. However, the first installment is among every critic’s least favorite of the studios’ films and the early previews that have been given of the sequel have been nothing to get excited about. I hate to say it, but Cars 2 feels like Pixar is delving into the realm of all other major studios by regurgitating easy to sell stories in the hopes of a quick profit.

Of course it is outrageous of me to damn the studio to failure with months to go before the film gets screened for any major critics. Pixar has done great things with little to work with in the past. However, an early teaser trailer released today does not look very promising. The images look pretty and the sound design will no doubt be sublime, but the jokes seem forced and the story does not feel at all fresh. I never particularly cared for Larry the Cable Guy’s Mater, but he will not seem to go away; like the Jar Jar Binks for Pixar.

The original voice cast returns including Owen Wilson, Bonnie Hunt, Tony Shaloub, and Larry the Cable Guy and John Lasseter is once again directing. A new member to the cast is revealed in the trailer to be Michael Caine who plays an Aston Martin in England. The best news about the cast and crew is that Michael Giacchino, the master behind the score for Up and Ratatouille will be composing the score.

Check out the trailer below and definitely let me know your thoughts. Are you more or less optimistic than I am?

Cars 2 will be released in the U.S. on June 24, 2011.

[Source: First Showing]

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  • Angel E.

    You also have to understand that the most important critics for the films are the kids.
    I know tons of kids who love Lightning McQueen.
    So what if the technicality of this movie isn’t like The Godfather, which isn’t supposed to be.

    Kids around the states, especially little boys will defiantly be excited for this, & im ok with that.

  • I also know kids who love Kitty Galore and kids who thought Megamind was the greatest thing ever.

    I kind of stick to the philosophy that kids will like anything their parents allow them to see. Pixar has never been known for catering to the under 12 audience and that’s part of what makes them so great. It’s also why their movies are way more successful at the Box Office than other child-aimed movies. If that is their new philosophy, that is fine, but they are going to alienate a lot of their base of teen and adult support.

  • Jose

    No. Just no.

    At least they have the upcoming Monters Inc. 2 and Brave to make up for it.

  • Andrew R.

    I have to agree with Alex’s comment. Children have pretty awful taste.

    I’d normally give this trailer a “no” for forgettability, but the Toy Story films improved as they went along, so it’s a “maybe” for me.

    But that’s my opinion on the TRAILER. The actual film…don’t know what to think.

  • Guys, it’s Pixar! There’s just almost no way it will be bad, although it probably will be one of their weaker efforts. I for one quite enjoyed the originial “Cars”.

    On the other hand, Jose, “Brave” looks amazing. Can’t wait for that.

  • Jake G.

    Cars 2 looks hecka good!

  • I think this teaser is a huge step forward from what we saw last time. It isn’t great, but I think at the bare minimum it will be as good as the last Cars outing. The fact is that Pixar is doing this film because they want to do this film. You have to respect a business as independently motivated as that.

    As for the kids, as far as I’m concerned this one and Nemo pulled in a rare kind of attention from certain age groups that Megamind and other endeavors have not… but that’s just me.

  • Mike

    Pixar teasers never make the movie look good, but they always are. I still have faith in Pixar. They have never let me down. I was skeptical about WALL-E, Up, and Toy Story 3, and all were great. I expect this to be no different.

  • Anessa

    I agree with Mike, the trailers are ment to show the market values of the movie. The main audience are children so of course they’ll show scenes that involve the few corny lines, mostly involving Mater, and explosions to make it seem like exciting kidy movie.

    Theres a list on how trailers can make even the most depressing movies into light hearted comedies. This is still Pixar, I had doubts when the 1st Cars was coming out but I ended up still enjoying it.

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