The first trailer for Cars 3 was finally released online on Monday, and quickly amassed close to 10 million views as fans of the franchise looked to catch up with Lightning McQueen (Owen Wilson) and Mater (Larry The Cable Guy).
However, soon after people watched the trailer for Cars 3, Twitter lit up with viewers who were rather taken aback and surprised by what they had just witnessed. For those of you that are yet to see the teaser trailer for Cars 3 and are wondering what all of the fuss is about, you can see for yourself by watching it below:
What's happened to Lightning McQueen?#Cars3cc @DisneyPixar pic.twitter.com/cHRkKLqBo9As you can clearly see, the first trailer for Cars 3 was much darker and morbid than the lighthearted tone and fun that we've become accustomed to seeing from the film's previous two installments. In fact, despite the brevity of the trailer for Cars 3, we appeared to see Lightning McQueen entangled in a catastrophic car crash that surely leaves him on the brink of retirement.
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Following this crash, which was preceded by several highly realistic shots of the sentient cars moving at high speed and the sound of engines roaring, a title card emerged on screen that simply read, "From this moment everything changes."
Shell-shocked viewers soon took to Twitter to share their candid feelings on the clip, with parents trying to warn their fellow mothers and fathers not to show their children the footage. One such Tweet came from @one_prettymommy, who wrote, "Attention parents: DO NOT SHOW YOUR KIDS THE CARS 3 TRAILER!!!"
@Conmanginger followed this sentiment, too, as he predicted that the footage from Cars 3's first trailer could deal permanent damage on the children that are unlucky enough to see it. He wrote, "So. The Cars 3 teaser. Um. That's gonna scar some children."
@rozeltov also had a stark warning for mums and dads, too, as he wrote, "Don't watch the Cars teaser with your kids unless you want to have the death conversation you avoid by saying Spot went to a farm."
@Toffiee07 was just as frank with her response, as she wrote, "Just saw the Cars 3 trailer and not sure whether it's suitable for children...," while @BenTheMemester1 had already seen enough, as he emphatically declared, "I will not allow my children to see the new Cars 3 movie."
Other Twitter users were able to see the funnier side of just how dark and morbid the Cars 3 trailer was. "Introducing Cars 3: Lightning Begins, directed by Christopher Nolan," wrote @MatteoNebbiai, while @dubstep4dads joked, "So excited for the new Cars 3 movie. I heard Lightning McQueen is going to try heroin."
Even Josh God, who voiced Olaf the Snowman in Frozen, took to Twitter to register his shock at how traumatizing and shocking the clip was. So much so that he compared it to two of the most emotional and heart-wrenching films in Hollywood history, as he wrote, "Deciding which is sadder: Terms Of Endearment, Sophie's Choice or the new Cars 3 trailer."
The synopsis for Cars 3 gives us an insight into what to expect from the film as it reads, via IMDb, "Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen 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 with her own plan to win, inspiration fro 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!"
We'll get to see if Cars 3, which reunites Owen Wilson, Larry The Cable Guy, Bonnie Hunt, and Cheech Marin, really is as shell-shocking as its trailer suggests when it's finally released into cinemas later this summer on June 16, 2017.
[Featured Image by Pixar]