Just this minute of video is already better than the whole second movie.

Theatergoers are still months away from the premiere of Cars 3 in the United States on June 16, but Pixar is whetting our appetite by releasing the first official teaser. The producers reportedly are going for a more serious tale than Cars 2’s somewhat maligned lighthearted story. The more adult tone definitely comes through in this minute-long video and has us excited. The action reminds us of Days of Thunder but without all the actors getting in the way.

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According to Pixar’s brief story summary, a new generation of racers arrives on the scene and pushes Lightning McQueen out of the spotlight. You can get a glimpse of these newcomers in this clip when a sharp-edged black and blue car with IGNTR on the back pushes through the pack and appears to take the lead. We also see McQueen suffer a huge wreck, and this is likely the incident that pushes him to work with a young, female race technician named Cruz Ramirez on finding a way back to the winner’s circle.

Cars 3 Teaser Trailer
Cars 3 Teaser Trailer
Cars 3 Teaser Trailer

Rather than Pixar legend John Lasseter at the helm like the last two installments, relative newcomer Brian Fee will take over directing duties. According to the Internet Movie Database, this is his first time in that role, but he has previous experience doing storyboard art for Cars, Ratatouille, WALL·E, and Cars 2.

“We’ve got some great new characters, some great racing in it. It’s a very emotional story. It’s a little bit more akin to Cars 1, where you get into a deep emotion with him. It’s really a special story. It’s very emotional and his relationship with Doc Hudson, and his memory of Doc Hudson,” Lasseter previously told Entertainment Weekly about the film.

Rather than Cars 2’s international setting, Fee is centering his story in the U.S. “We’re inspired by the Americana you see traveling through the South where every small town has a dirt track,” he told USA Today. It sounds like a story we want to see.

Source: Pixar

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Gallery: Cars 3 Teaser Trailer