With Cars 2 quickly approaching and Disney understandably expecting big things, they have just announced that Pixar’s popular animated franchise will continue on after this film. No, we’re not talking about Cars 3 (yet), we’re talking about a loosely related feature that revolves around talking vehicles in the sky. That’s right, Disney has officially announced that they are working on a Cars spin-off called Planes. Man, are they running out of ideas over at the Mouse House or what? Before you get too upset, however, it’s worth noting that this will not be a theatrical release, and Pixar will not be involved… at least not from a production standpoint.
Quite honestly, this is the first I had heard of it, but apparently reports of a Cars spin-off first cropped up sometime last summer. At the time, it was unclear if Pixar would be handling the project, but we now know that DisneyToon Studios (TinkerBell) is the production house working on it. Chief Creative Officer John Lasseter had this to say:
“We had such a great time exploring the world of Cars over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters. By expanding the Cars world, Planes gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters… The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion. I know audiences are going to love taking off into the wild blue yonder with these daredevil characters, as they experience a whole new kind of animated adventure.”
The story revolves around Dusty, a small town plane who dreams of entering an around-the-world air race. The only problem is — get this — he’s afraid of heights! Oh man, this sounds so terrible that I had to double check that it wasn’t April 1st already. Planes will be released on DVD and Blu-ray in Spring 2013. What do you think… are you excited to “wing it” with Disney’s latest direct-to-video dud?