Cars 2 is getting all geared up to race into theatres on June 24 and that is evident from the tons of news that has been released on it including character pics and of course, the trailer. The Disney and Pixar collaboration never fails to amaze and doesn’t disappoint so without further ado, it’s time to check out what Disney has next in store.
Oddly enough, it is a direct-to-DVD spin-off of Cars called Planes. I consider it odd because this seems like something that would be right up Disney’s alley to make into another theatrical release franchise yet here they are going small screen.
Official synopsis: PLANES takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure starring Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race … despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.
Collider reports that Pixar will not be involved in the making of Planes and it will be totally handled by DisneyToon Studios. To their credit, they have done other Disney classic sequels like Bambi II and The Lion King 1 ½.
Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter (also director of Cars) had this to say about Planes:
“We had such a great time exploring the world of ‘Cars’ over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters. By expanding the Cars world, ‘Planes’ gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters. The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion. I know audiences are going to love taking off into the wild blue yonder with these daredevil characters, as they experience a whole new kind of animated adventure.”
Seriously, does that not sound like something Disney and Pixar would love to work on together for a brand new franchise? I could see it working because the millions that love Cars would clamor to it in droves. So strange that it is heading straight to home release.
Planes is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in spring of 2013.
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