Explosive New ‘Cars 2′ Trailer Burns Rubber

Published 4 years ago by , Updated May 22nd, 2011 at 7:57 pm,

Car 2 movie image Explosive New Cars 2 Trailer Burns Rubber

We’ve spent a lot of time the last couple weeks detailing the new Toy Story short, Hawaiian Vacation, that will screen ahead of the next, inevitable, installment of the Pixar success streak, Cars 2.

Today, the upcoming feature from John Lasseter, and co-director Brad Lewis, takes center stage with an exciting new trailer featuring even more action packed international espionage… and talking cars.

Cars received Pixar’s least enthusiastic reception from critics, though the film went on to gross two times its $120 million budget in US theaters alone. One of the biggest criticisms levied against the movie was a bloated mid-movie stall in Radiator Springs where, despite some fun slapstick shenanigans, the film’s energy deflated.

Cars 2, on the other hand, not only propels Lightning McQueen and Mater onto the international racing scene – but into a James Bond-esque spy-story as well.

Check out the latest trailer for Cars 2:

Prior Cars 2 spots have certainly showcased the “international man of mystery” element, but the new trailer provides a compelling look at the sequel’s bigger, action-packed, plot. New characters such as Michael Caine’s Finn McMissile and Thomas Kretschmann’s Professor Zündapp (the main antagonist this round) cleverly draw from spy-movie cliches – and add a much needed burst of variety to the cast (which was dominated by mostly podunk townsfolk types in the first film).

Additionally, the focus on Mater’s mishaps across the pond give the comedy duo a lot more to work with this time out, allowing for the fan-favorite tow truck, voiced by Larry the Cable Guy, to get his own arc and character development – as opposed to the somewhat solitary, and traditional, character journey of superstar Lightning McQueen (who learned there is more to life than winning the race).

That said, if Cars 2 isn’t action packed enough for your tastes, there’s always the upcoming straight-to-DVD Cars spin-off, Planes to get your blood pumping.

Follow us on Twitter @benkendrick and @screenrant and let us know what you’re hoping to see when Cars 2 races into theaters on June 24th, 2011.

Source: MSN

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  1. I think this might be the first average Pixar movie. And thats saying something.

    • Doubt it, after seeing this trailer I can already see it standing up there with Dr No, North by Northwest, and the Bourne Trilogy. Just because it’s an action blockbuster in no way makes it an obvious average movie, look at Nolan’s filmography.

    • You see this G-Rated Pixar movie standing up there with the Bourne Trilogy? Hmmm your gonna have to explain that to me. And i dont think its gonna be average because it’s a blockbuster… if anything i think it’s gonna be average because the voice acting from Wilson sounds lazy, the humor seems childish, and it seems like Mater will be the main focus of the film. Unfortunate.

      • I don’t see anything special about The Bourne trilogy…

      • I think that’s just Owen Wilson’s voice. Pixar might very well be the best storytelling studio in Hollywood today, and with it’s three past films I could very easily see Cars taking their lead and being nothing short of fabulous. I mean what makes a G-rated flick a lesser movie than a PG-13 one? Just my thoughts. Also Mater is a character kids love, and American animation is still (unfortunately) a children’s genre.

  2. just because the movie isnt gonna hit an emotional string like the last few did, doesnt mean that the movie will be bad at all. Its gonna be great. There is no such thing as a bad Pixar Movie, just some less great than others

  3. The vid doesnt work :(

    Is there one on you tube?

    • Thanks Rickster. I’ve updated the story with a working youtube video.

      • This is why I love screenrant! 😎

        Thanks Ben 😀

  4. Well that was better than the previews trailer it looks action packed. Cars one was ok maybe Ill enjoy this a bit more I think Ill be surprised as I was Tangled…. :)

  5. It looks like The Incredibles except its cars instead of instead of super heroes. Any way I have faith in Pixar, haven’t let me down yet and they are still going strong. The best film studio in my opinion, by far.

  6. anyone else keeping in mind that this is a kids movie? seems like you guys are criticizing a new action movie or something…

  7. Looks fun. :-)

  8. Looks cute….