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Keri Russell will (possibly) be lending her voice to DisneyToon's Planes

Jan. 23, 2013by: Joey Keeton

I feel that PLANES is an upcoming movie that's been getting a lot of undeserved hate from the internet. In fact, I'm going to go ahead and say that I love it. No, I haven't seen it, and, no, I may not ever see it, but I think it's fantastic. Why? Because Pixar isn't making it.

To the best of my knowledge, outside of the concept of putting large eyeballs inside of windshields and big mouths somewhere underneath them, I don't think anybody at Pixar has put any creative effort into this project whatsoever, leaving every bit of the work to DisneyToons, and this is wonderful. Hopefully, this movie will make at least $200 million, and it will ensure that, whenever Disney feels like distributing an animated movie that's loosely affiliated with a Pixar franchise, they'll just go ahead and make it themselves, and Pixar can be left to working on projects that are all sorts of original and amazing, like this stuff.

Anyway, an eagle-eyed staffer at Animated Views has taken notice of a change to the movie's IMDb page in which Keri Russell has been added to the cast as "Emo". IMDb isn't the most solid news source (it still lists Jon Cryer on the cast, and he left the project in December), but usually their casting updates have at least some rhyme or reason to them, so I think we can safely say that this is a credible rumor at this point, but that's about it until any official confirmation comes through from either Russell or Disney. It's also certainly possible that Russell has indeed been cast, but as an entirely different character than Emo, such as Grunge, or Shoegazer, or maybe Soul.

Extra Tidbit: If nothing else, I can always give credit to PLANES for serendipitously reminding me of how incredibly cute Keri Russell is.
Source: Animated Views

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8:32PM on 01/23/2013
A character named Emo? umm ya my interest just dropped well past zero. Also how can we get a sequel & a spinoff to Pixars weakest film & not get an Incredibles sequel, which is the one film who deserves one.
A character named Emo? umm ya my interest just dropped well past zero. Also how can we get a sequel & a spinoff to Pixars weakest film & not get an Incredibles sequel, which is the one film who deserves one.
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6:23PM on 01/23/2013

John Lasseter

Well, you failed to mention that the director of Cars, co-founder of Pixar and current CCO of Disney Animation, is a producer on this project. Knowing how actively involved in projects he has been, he probably had a large role in developing this film and getting it made. The gap between Disney and Pixar, because of the leadership of John Lasseter, is not as wide as it used to be. That is why Disney is releasing quality animated films as of late, and Lasseter can simply have Disney produce a
Well, you failed to mention that the director of Cars, co-founder of Pixar and current CCO of Disney Animation, is a producer on this project. Knowing how actively involved in projects he has been, he probably had a large role in developing this film and getting it made. The gap between Disney and Pixar, because of the leadership of John Lasseter, is not as wide as it used to be. That is why Disney is releasing quality animated films as of late, and Lasseter can simply have Disney produce a spin-off to his passion project (Cars).
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9:40PM on 01/23/2013
Thanks, that's a good point about Lasseter. What I'm driving at is, looking at Cars 2, it was the only Pixar movie that's ever received mass groans from fans every time it popped up in the news, and it wasn't so much that Cars 2 was being made, but rather that Pixar was spending their efforts on it. At least with Planes being developed by DisneyToons, there aren't any hard feelings against the project solely for it tying up peoples' time over at Pixar.
Thanks, that's a good point about Lasseter. What I'm driving at is, looking at Cars 2, it was the only Pixar movie that's ever received mass groans from fans every time it popped up in the news, and it wasn't so much that Cars 2 was being made, but rather that Pixar was spending their efforts on it. At least with Planes being developed by DisneyToons, there aren't any hard feelings against the project solely for it tying up peoples' time over at Pixar.
12:42PM on 01/23/2013
Having Rusell join the cast and Cryer leaving are both a win win.
Having Rusell join the cast and Cryer leaving are both a win win.
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