Disney’s Planes, set in the world of Pixar’s cars, started as Direct to Home Video project from DisneyToon Studios with most of the animation work done out of India via Prana Studios. At some point in the process the powers that be decided that the home video market wasn’t strong enough to support more releases and that the movie would need to be upgraded to a theatrical release. There isn’t one clearly identifiable moment but the shift in intensity is obvious between the start and end of the movie.
How can you tell? The world building got richer, the main character got a new voice with more of a spine, featured characters became multidimensional, supporting characters either fade into the background or gain more importance to the plot. It definitely makes for a stronger film, even if it has a bit of a multiple personality disorder.
When Disney’s Planes takes off this summer, audiences will Dusty the crop duster on a unique journey above the world of Pixar’s Cars. Disney has announced a long list of talented voiced actors for the movie. We already know Dane Cook, will provide the voice of Dusty, and others just announced include: Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger (repeating his role from the Cars films). Adding some high-flying cameos from a high flying feature film are Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.
Inspired by the world of Cars and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), Disney’s Planes is an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about Dusty’s dream of competing as a high-flying air racer—and his decidedly unfortunate fear of heights. The film takes off in theaters in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.
Character cards and names of which actor is playing which character below the jump:
I missed this a few days ago, but Disney has released a teaser trailer for the direct to home video Planes. Set in the world of Pixar’s Cars, Planes explores the world above those movie’s more earth bound characters.
John Cryer is on board to voice Dusty, the little plane that could. It’s scheduled to hit home in Spring 2013