Up until recently I wasn’t a big fan of animated films and hadn’t seen many in my adult life. That all changed when I started babysitting my niece once a week. Now, I’m obsessed with all of them. Seriously, how amazing was “Toy Story 3” and “Up“. Another one I fell in love with was “Cars“, though it took me maybe four sittings to get through. When watching a two-year-old, you’re multi-tasking so much, there is no way in hell you’re plopping your ass for two hours straight to watch a movie. Having said that, even after watching the animated film in bits and pieces and out or order, I fell in love with it and the motley crew of Radiator Springs. So when I saw a sequel was coming, I was beyond excited.

In anticipation of “Cars 2” hitting theaters June 2011, Pixar and Disney just released the first trailer. Originally, it was scheduled for a 2012 theatrical release, but was moved up by a year. “Cars” is only the second Pixar film to receive a sequel. Since five years have passed when “Cars” was first released, a lot of things have changed. Most notably, three of the cast members have passed away, including Paul Newman who voiced former Piston Cup winner, Doc Hudson. Stepping in will be Michael Caine who plays a British undercover operative.

CARS 2 MOVIE TRAILER

“Star racecar Lightning McQueen and the incomparable tow truck Mater take their friendship to exciting new places in “Cars 2” when they head overseas to compete in the first-ever World Grand Prix to determine the world’s fastest car. But the road to the championship is filled with plenty of potholes, detours and hilarious surprises when Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.

Torn between assisting Lightning McQueen in the high-profile race and towing the line in a top-secret spy mission, Mater’s action-packed journey leads him on an explosive chase through the streets of Japan and Europe, trailed by his friends and watched by the whole world. Adding to the fast-paced fun is a colorful new all-car cast that includes secret agents, menacing villains and international racing competitors.” – official description

I’m not sure how I feel about the whole travel around the world espionage twist. The best part of the original was the quaintness of the town of Radiator Springs and being nostalgic. Now you’ve got cars with missiles, foreign imports, and a whole new slew of new characters. Has “Cars” jumped the shark? Also, the minute long clip acts more of an upcoming toy catalogue instead of a movie trailer. Let’s face it, half of these characters will be toys you’ll be buying for your nieces/nephews/kids come Christmas 2011.