The End of Kachow?

Donovan Brooks, Staff Writer

The recent Cars 3 trailer seems a little out of character for the usually family-friendly-feel-good Pixar movies. The entire 49 second trailer intentionally avoids showing the cars’ cartoonish faces, and cuts to a dramatic scene of Lightning McQueen crashing and doing several flips in the air. The text that comes after, ¨From this moment, everything changes,” has led those who have seen the video to speculate that Lightning McQueen dies in the newest iteration of the franchise.

According to Wikipedia, the plot is much more lighthearted than everyone imagined. ¨Blindsided by a new generation of blazing-fast racers, the legendary Lightning McQueen is suddenly pushed out of the sport he loves,¨ says Wikipedia.

So this movie is probably not going to be a dark and gritty reimagining of the series like the current DC movies are, go figure. One still has to wonder, however, why did they go with this dark tone for the trailer. The cars look beaten up, no faces are shown, and a heartbeat plays in the background throughout the video. Are they trying to attract an adult audience? Are they trying to redeem themselves after the atrocity that was Cars 2?

Whatever the case may be, the evidence isn’t in favor of the death of McQueen. But fear not, edgy teenagers, there is still some hope yet. If the scene we see in the trailer happens at the end of the movie, Lightning McQueen could be dead after all. We know from Doc Hudson’s death in Cars 2 that Pixar is not above killing off their characters. With any luck, they’ll give Lightning the same treatment, and finally put a stop to Pixar’s most disliked franchise.

But, realistically, that’s not going to happen.