Planes is an upcoming spin-off of Cars. Pixar Animation Studios, however, will not be producing the film. Planes will be produced by DisneyToon Studios, instead. Planes will be theatrically released on August 9, 2013.
Planes, Disney's upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure movie features Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying agricultural plane. Dusty lives in the small town of Propwash Junction, and the single-prop agriculture plane dreams of competing in a world-famous aerial race. There is just one problem, though. Dusty is afraid of heights and is not exactly built for racing. His mentor naval aviator Skipper is convinced that Dusty has the engine to compete with the best, and helps encourage him to pursue his lifelong dreams. But if Dusty wants to make his dreams a reality, he'll need to push himself further than he ever imagined. Dusty narrowly qualifies for the air race, and his sportsmanship and speed begin confusing the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger, who will stop at nothing to see Dusty fail. With the help and support of a crew of all-new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life. As you can see, the plot owes much to the story of Cars and Cars 2.
Planes is shaping up to be a film which will teach us not to give up and to realize dreams we never thought would be reachable. Coming in August, Planes will be the family movie to watch.
For a children's film about anthropomorphic airplanes, Planes sure has courted a lot of controversy from film fans. Planes will now arrive in theaters on August 9, 2013, where it will compete against 'Elysium' and 'We're the Millers.'
Pixar Animation Studios, the production team of Cars, however, will not be producing the film. Instead, it will be produced by another production team DisneyToon Studios.
Although Pixar isn't producing the film, John Lasseter will be one of the producers. Lasseter had this to say about the film:
"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."
On August 20, 2011 at the D23 Expo it was announced that Jon Cryer will be the voice of the main protagonist Dusty. However, Cryer dropped out of production and it is unknown who will voice Dusty. James Seymour Brett is set to write the film's score.
Besides the Planes trilogy, DisneyToon is considering to make more spin-offs that would feature other vehicles like boats and trains, and which may go into production if the Planes series is well received.
John Lasseter said:
"I kept thinking about - I'm a big train fanatic. I love trains. And I started thinking about trains, and boats and airplanes. And I kept wanting to have more and more of those type of characters. [...] It’s one of the ideas, that there will be an ongoing series. It almost starts getting into this thing where we fall in love with these plane characters, we want to see more and more stories with them. And then you start doing other vehicles and stuff like that. Yeah. So it kind of is a bigger idea that can keep expanding."
Planes is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Fall 2013. A sequel, titled Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, is also in the works.