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Klay Hall

Produced by

John Lasseter

Theater Release

August 9, 2013 (United States)
August 16, 2013 (United Kingdom)

Blu-ray/DVD Release

Fall 2013 (United States)
TBA 2013 (United Kingdom)

Rotten Tomatoes

90% want to see. (Fresh)

Disney Planes - Teaser Trailer01:29

Disney Planes - Teaser Trailer


Planes is a 2013 direct-to-video spin-off of Cars, and the first film in the Planes trilogy. Pixar Animation Studios, however, will not be producing the film. Instead, it will be produced by DisneyToon Studios.[1] It will be theatrically released on August 9, 2013.[2][3]


From the Cars Official Website:

"From high above the world of "Cars," flies "Planes," Disney's upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There's only a couple of not-so-small problems - Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights.

Despite his fear and with encouragement from his mentor, a naval aviator named Skipper, Dusty narrowly qualifies for the big competition. Dusty's sportsmanship and speed begin to rattle the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger, who will stop at nothing to see Dusty fail.

When disaster strikes during the climax of the final race, Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate t

est. With the support of friends old and new, Dusty reaches heights he never dreamed possible and in the process, gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar."[4]



Although Pixar isn't producing the film John Lasseter will be one of the producers.[5]

Lasseter had this to say about the film:

[3] 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.[1] [4]

On August 20, 2011 at the D23 Expo it was announced that Jon Cryer will be the voice of the main protagonist Dusty.[5] However, Cryer dropped out of production and was replaced by Dane Cook.[6][7] On February 27, 2013, the teaser trailer was re-released with dialogue from Cook instead of Cryer.[8]

James Seymour Brett is set to write the film's score.[9]

The film was first announced to be released in direct-to-video on DVD and Blu-ray in the Spring of 2013. Disney subsequently pushed it back to Fall 2013[10], while it was confirmed it would have a theatrical release in Europe.[11] It was finally set to be released theatrically on August 9, 2013. It will be released in the United Kingdom on August 16, 2013.

DisneyToon is also working on a sequel, called Planes 2: Fire and Rescue.[12] It has been confirmed by Carlos Alazraqui the Planes series will be a trilogy.[13][14]

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.[15][16] 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."[17]


To create a transition between Cars and Planes, Disney launched a product collection called "Cars Take Flight", which focuses on releasing merchandise for Cars Toons episodes Moon Mater and Air Mater.[18] The line features die-cast, race tracks, games and books. A "Cars Take Flight" event was held on September 14th, 2012 at the Chicagoland Speedway.[19] A "Cars Take Flight" official website launched a contest whose prize was a vacation to Cars Land.[20]


  • The Cars Toons episode Air Mater introduced elements of Planes, including Propwash Junction, Skipper and Sparky. Also, at the end, Mater says that they should make a movie about planes, which Skipper's assistant Sparky says that's a good idea.
  • Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer, both of Top Gun fame, voice two F-14 Tomcats (the type of plane used in Top Gun) as cameos.





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  2. Disney Sets Cars Spinoff Planes for a Theatrical Release
  3. Box Office Mojo
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  8. New Trailer for Disney's Planes Flies In
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  10. Disney Changes 'Planes' Release Date
  11. INTERVIEW: Anna Chapman, Disney
  12. Exclusive: DisneyToon Already Working on Planes Sequel
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  14. Bradley Raymond dishes dirt on the Disney Channel's "Pixie Hollow Games" TV special
  15. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir on the Rise and Fall of Disney’s Circle 7 Animation
  16. Disney's 'Cars 2' a Hit Already—in Stores
  17. In ‘Cars 2,’ John Lasseter Says Big Oil is the ‘Uber Bad Guy’
  18. Disney Toy World Supplement 2012
  19. ‘Cars Take Flight’ at Chicagoland Speedway’s Kids Zone This Weekend
  20. Cars Take Flight | Disney

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