The Cars 3 Trailer from Disney Is So Dark Parents are Freaking Out About It



If you are among the crowds of parents and kids packed into theaters this weekend to see Disney’s Moana–which is spectacular and we need a whole other thread to talk about which song we liked the best–one of the trailers you saw before the movie was for the long-awaited Cars sequel, Cars 3. The Cars movies are pretty cute and wacky, but this new trailer is dark and shockingly dramatic, and now some people are worried that the trailer is going to traumatize some children.


It’s pretty intense. When I saw it yesterday, I didn’t even realize it was the Cars 3 trailer. All a person sees at the beginning is short, sudden clips of realistic-looking racecars zooming around a track over the intense thumping sound of a heartbeat. Every second, it cuts to black, but the heartbeat keeps going. Then you recognize the logos of Lightning McQueen, the Cars protagonist, spinning out of control. Next thing you know, flecks of burning, broken debris are flying across the screen in slow-motion over absolute silence, and McQueen turning over and over in the air and the only sound is someone breathing. Then it cuts to black again.

“From this moment, everything will change,” the screen reads, and then silently shows the Cars logo.

Damn, Disney. That trailer is intended to be a nail-biter, and it sure does its job well.

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(Twitter/JoshGad the voice of Olaf the snowman from Frozen)

With all that darkness in the trailer, some parents are worried that Cars 3 is going to traumatize the hell out of some kids. Sure, the trailer might have some kids panicking that Lightning McQueen is dead, but it’s Pixar, they wouldn’t do anything to hurt us! Well, nothing other than Toy Story 3, or Up, or … ah hell, this one’s going to make everybody sob, isn’t it?

Then again, Toy Story 3 and Up only traumatized the adults in the audience. The kids were all fine. So if anybody is going to have nightmares about the future dismemberment of Lightning McQueen, it’s probably just the parents. The kids are probably out there thinking, “Whee! Look at him fly! Hahaha, that’s hilarious.”

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