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A brand new, extended look at Pixar‘s Cars 3 aired this week during the CFP National Championship Game.

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 (voice of Cristela Alonzo), 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!

This looks like a way more serious installment than the first two movies combined. When the teaser debuted back in November, showing Lightning crashing in slow motion, parents complained that it scared their children. My usual response would be that the parent didn’t fortify their children well enough. But when a teaser ONLY shows the main hero possibly DYING with no confirmation that he survives, even I had to say, “Yeah, this has the potential to traumatize some kids.” Maybe they should have star with this trailer (below).

Directed by Brian Fee (storyboard artist Cars, Cars 2) and produced by Kevin Reher (A Bug’s Life, La Luna short), Cars 3 cruises into theaters on June 16, 2017.

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Christina E. Janke

Christina is the co-host of “Intro to Geek” on Shauncastic and Editor-in-Chief at Agents of Geek. Her love of all things Mass Effect knows no bounds. She also carries an obsession with comic books, video games, and quirky television shows. Her heroes are Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Gail Simone. She hopes to be just like them when she grows up.

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