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Disney's Cars spin-off, Planes, will get a theatrical release in 2013

Dec. 21, 2012by: Alex Maidy

While the Pixar CARS movies may not be the best films from the studio, they are huge marketing behemoths. My house is crammed full of every imaginable kind of Lightning McQueen toy. With CARS 2 ending up as the lowest grossing Pixar film to date, it was no surprise that the long in development spin-off PLANES would be a direct to home media release.

The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Disney has changed their mind and will instead release PLANES theatrically on August 9, 2013. The movie already had a teaser on the CARS 2 Blu-ray featuring the voice of Jon Cryer as Dusty the prop plane. Cryer is now no longer involved in the film.

PLANES was produced by DisneyToon Studios, which typically handles their direct to home media releases, and is not associated with Walt Disney Animation or Pixar. John Lasseter does oversee all aspects of Disney animation and CARS is his baby, so I would find it hard to believe he does not have some sort of sign off on the project.

Disney has had a good deal of success in animation recently with WRECK-IT RALPH, TANGLED, WINNIE THE POOH and the upcoming FROZEN. And just remember that the last Pixar related sequel that got bumped up from home video to movie theaters was a little movie called TOY STORY 2.

Extra Tidbit: Disney will now have 10 theatrical releases in 2013.

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1:44PM on 01/24/2013

This is hilarious!

Grown men complaining about children's movies. Grow up! My kid loves cars 2 and he saw the preview to Planes and wants to see it...he's 3. How old are you?
Grown men complaining about children's movies. Grow up! My kid loves cars 2 and he saw the preview to Planes and wants to see it...he's 3. How old are you?
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11:11PM on 12/22/2012

What the hell?

"And just remember that the last Pixar related sequel that got bumped up from home video to movie theaters was a little movie called TOY STORY 2."
No the last one was the mediocre Cars 2 which was pushed as a movie starring the annoying tow truck character and only somewhat related to the first film.
And the upcoming Frozen is all ready being called a success? Along with Tangled and Winnie the Pooh both of which were not considered big successes when released.
Did Disney buy this site too?
"And just remember that the last Pixar related sequel that got bumped up from home video to movie theaters was a little movie called TOY STORY 2."
No the last one was the mediocre Cars 2 which was pushed as a movie starring the annoying tow truck character and only somewhat related to the first film.
And the upcoming Frozen is all ready being called a success? Along with Tangled and Winnie the Pooh both of which were not considered big successes when released.
Did Disney buy this site too?
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5:15AM on 12/22/2012

Say hello to the new Mickey Mouse franchise

Walt Disney held a lot of disdain for Mickey Mouse and his cast of noodly supporting characters. He called them nothing more than the studio's "bread and butter". They only existed so that money could keep coming in to support his experimental "Silly Simphonies" projects (which lead to their first theatrical release, and later culminated in Fantasia).
Cars and the Cars universe is looking like the modern incarnation of Disney's Mickey Mouse franchise. So even though everyone's seeing it in
Walt Disney held a lot of disdain for Mickey Mouse and his cast of noodly supporting characters. He called them nothing more than the studio's "bread and butter". They only existed so that money could keep coming in to support his experimental "Silly Simphonies" projects (which lead to their first theatrical release, and later culminated in Fantasia).
Cars and the Cars universe is looking like the modern incarnation of Disney's Mickey Mouse franchise. So even though everyone's seeing it in a negative light, I consider it a good thing. It will be through this that we may see the next big risk from Disney animation come to fruition, whatever it may be.

Fingers crossed, at least.
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4:52AM on 12/22/2012
I'm just happy Pixar isn't really involved in this.
I'm just happy Pixar isn't really involved in this.
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2:02AM on 12/22/2012

Really?!?!?!

Cars 2 was already too much. Common, make Nemo 2, The Incredibles 2, Up 2, any of those films than the Cars series.
First Automobiles, now Planes, next Trains;)
Cars 2 was already too much. Common, make Nemo 2, The Incredibles 2, Up 2, any of those films than the Cars series.
First Automobiles, now Planes, next Trains;)
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11:02PM on 12/21/2012

And next is...

TOASTERS...
or SALAD BOWLS
TOASTERS...
or SALAD BOWLS
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3:52PM on 12/21/2012
That's cool - I won't see it but kids will love it which is the point. The old green warplane cartoons from Saturday mornings (johnny?) were always fun to watch - they were repeats from years earlier. Hopefully they will recreate/follow a mold like that.
That's cool - I won't see it but kids will love it which is the point. The old green warplane cartoons from Saturday mornings (johnny?) were always fun to watch - they were repeats from years earlier. Hopefully they will recreate/follow a mold like that.
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3:47PM on 12/21/2012
The Cars films are definitely the weakest ones in Pixars lineup. Cars 2 was an absolute borefest. SoI definitely have my doubts about this one, this ain't no Toy Story 2.
The Cars films are definitely the weakest ones in Pixars lineup. Cars 2 was an absolute borefest. SoI definitely have my doubts about this one, this ain't no Toy Story 2.
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3:26PM on 12/21/2012

Way to go Disney....

Keep yanking on those udders and squeezing the milk out.
Keep yanking on those udders and squeezing the milk out.
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3:19PM on 12/21/2012
Tex Avery (the Warner Bros. animator that created these in cartoon form in the 40's and 50's) must be spinning in his grave.
Tex Avery (the Warner Bros. animator that created these in cartoon form in the 40's and 50's) must be spinning in his grave.
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