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'Hangover 3' trailer sees a giraffe come to a bad end

Not even Hollywood insiders could’ve predicted the success of the low-budget, boys-go-to-Vegas themed “Hangover” movie series. The 2009 original went on to snag a Golden Globe, launch Bradley Cooper and Zach Galifianakis’ careers, and end up spawning two sequels. The trilogy that no one thought would become a trilogy is coming to a close, and the first full-length "Hangover Part III" trailer, released Thursday, is being well-received by fans of the series.

In the movie, the Wolf Pack returns to Las Vegas and to all sorts of madness. Mr. Chow is back. Men in frightening pig masks confront the gang. And perhaps most inexplicably, Galifianakis’ Alan is happily driving a giraffe down the highway – that is, until an unfortunate accident that causes some serious destruction.

The trailer starts off melancholic with Schubert’s “Ave Maria” playing over a scene of a funeral. Turns out, it’s Alan’s dad’s funeral. More surprisingly, it’s Alan singing.

“My god,” Phil (Cooper) whispers to Stu (Ed Helms). “He has the voice of an angel.”

Hearing Alan, a bearded man-child, sing such a classically refined song, even though his father has just died, throws us right back into the weird and fantastically vulgar world of “The Hangover.” Heather Graham makes a return, “Bridesmaids’” Melissa McCarthy shares a lollipop with Alan (love at first sight), and the Wolf Pack is back to getting trashed and making more horrible decisions.

Yet, with the plot still generally under wraps, we have to wonder where Doug (Justin Bartha) is during the trailer? Do we have another kidnapping on our hands?

Angry with Stu, Allen presciently tells him, “We’ve been on a lot of adventures together but it seems like you haven’t learned anything. Anything!”

If the boys have learned anything, they should check the hotel’s rooftop first.

“The Hangover Part III” hits theaters May 24.

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