It's Off to the Sometimes Friendly Skies with Goose, Iceman, and Dusty
John Lasseter, the head honcho of the "Cars" production team at studio Pixar, had been the major driver behind the "Cars" films there. In the meanwhile, he had become the boss at Disney as well as Pixar. Lasseter, aside from being awesomely talented, was uniquely aware of the possibilities of the "Cars" franchise and also uniquely positioned to do something about it. He came up with the concept and story of "Planes" (2013), directed by Klay Hall for DisneyToon Studios, and wrote up the screenplay with Hall and Jeffrey M. Howard.
Having a realistic approach to "Planes," though, Lasseter, to his credit, did not try to ram it through as a major theatrical release with all the trimmings. Instead, he pawned "Planes" off on the arm of Disney that typically made direct-to-video releases, and the decision to release "Planes" theatrically was only made very late in the process. It was a good decision, too, for 'Planes" became a solid, if unspectacular, moneymaker for the studio.
|Dusty is a determined lad.|
|Dusty meets the big boys at JFK.|
|El Chupacabra is Mexican.|
|Bulldog, voiced by John Cleese, is British.|
|The "Flysinhower" fighters.|
|Ishani flies by the Taj Mahal.|
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is wasted in the role of El Chupacabra's girlfriend (Chupa is played by Carlos Alazraqui), and Priyanka Chopra presumably was cast as Ishani because she sounds convincing as someone who would know valuable information about India. Strangely enough, though, Priyanka may be the most interesting thing about "Planes," which isn't exactly the greatest feat in film history. The voice cast is far from being the worst in a major animation film release, but it isn't a high point of "Planes," either.
|Skipper apparently is a World War II Corsair.|
|The beautiful Priyanka Chopra voices Ishani.|
|A preview of "Planes: Fire and Rescue."|
"Planes: Fire & Rescue" is the sequel, and it has a release date of July 18, 2014. You can see the trailer for the sequel here.
Below is the trailer for "Planes," and a "Planes" 3-pack already is available. You may also see some other videos and other promotional material we previously assembled for "Planes" by clicking here. Disney's "Planes" takes flight to Blu-ray Combo Pack and Digital HD on November 19, 2013.