A teaser trailer has been released for upcoming Pixar film Cars 3, taking an unexpectedly dark turn.
The Cars franchise began in 2006, with its sequel following in 2011. Cars 3 is expected to open in cinemas in June 2017.
An official synopsis for the movie reads: “Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen (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!”
This new teaser trailer sees Lightning McQueen involved in a tragic car accident, with the clip ending with the tag line: “From this moment, everything will change”. Watch below.
The trailer has attracted a mixed response, with some parents and social media users arguing that it is not “suitable” for kids and could even “traumatise” children. “Do not show your kids the Cars 3 trailer,” one woman wrote on Twitter. See in the tweets below.
Just saw the Cars 3 trailer and not sure whether it's suitable for children…
— •••Tofu?nmi••• (@Toffiee07) November 21, 2016
— Miss M (@one_prettymommy) November 21, 2016
The Cars 3 teaser.
That's gonna scar some children.
— Please Pass the Corn(dair) (@Corndair) November 21, 2016
The Cars 3 trailer is….fricking dark o.o this is a kids movie right?
— Elondras ?? (@Elondras) November 22, 2016
imagine kids going to see moana this week and the cars 3 trailer plays and they just start crying
— rinks (@riinksu) November 22, 2016
the 'cars 3' trailer is kinda dramatic for a kids movie imo ?
— sarah (@emiliasclrk) November 21, 2016