You know a spinoff film is destined for greatness when one of the companies behind the original is no longer involved, nor any of the original cast, and the release was bumped from Direct-To-DVD to theatrical. Such is the case with Disney’s upcoming animated feature, Planes.
Made without the help of Pixar, who famously saw a dip in their popularity with the release of Cars, Disney’s Planes hopes to kickstart a new franchise (aka vehicle for toy sales) that will take everyone’s love of talking machinery to the skies. The film was originally scheduled to arrive Direct-To-DVD in the Fall, but it was recently announced the film will now debut theatrically on August 9, 2013. The film features the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, and Carlos Alazraqui. The plot is as follows:
The story centers on Dusty’s (Cook) dream of competing as a high-flying air race. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing, so he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
You can view the first trailer for Planes after the jump.
Don’t think Disney is going to let this talking vehicle idea stop with this film. Planes 2: Fire and Rescue is already in development and will likely hit theaters sometime next year.