It’s the first time any one of Pixar’s franchises have emigrated over to their parent company, although in this case, you can’t help but think that this decision was made to protect their reputation. Cars 2 wasn’t an unsuccessful film but it’s universally considered to be their worst film. And the law of diminishing returns only works one way…
Leading the voice cast is Dane Cook, the American stand-up best known for developing a new way to flip the bird. He plays a crop-dusting plane who “dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights.”
Originally planned as a straight-to-video film, an August theatrical date has now been announced. Before we throw our hands up in despair, let’s remember that Toy Story 2 was also originally supposed to be a DTV feature. On top of that, don’t forget that Disney Animation is also the same studio that made the excellent Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph. So there’s no counting out the possibility that Planes will turn out great.
Planes is scheduled for release on August 16th.