Disney Officially Announces a Cars Spin-off Called Planes (Seriously)

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?

  • kyri

    I feel you Sean.
    I feel your pain.

  • Captain N

    I never really cared for Cars and I am planning not seeing Cars 2. I can’t say I am disappointed or really care that Disney and Pixar are milking the Cars universe with a direct to DVD movie. Cars has been one of their biggest hits in terms of merchandising, so they’re probably making the right choice.

  • Joe

    where are one step closer to pixar’s PHONES

  • rjdelight

    How about a sequel to A Bug’s Life, their most under appreciated film.

  • kyri

    Well, we all knew Disney was part of the Illuminati.. Pixar stood no chance..


  • Joe that was my exact thought to that news as well! Never liked Cars so I dont really care….just think its ridiculous!

  • patrik

    I blame Jay.

  • Jim The Movie Freak

    Here’s hoping the third film is an animated mashup of sorts called PLANES, TRAINS, AND CARS

  • kyri

    No, actually their next film is going to be about a Blonde Princess. An authentic modern transfer, one might say, of Disney’s philosophical style into 3d. Maybe that was the purpose all along.. To promote the female sex-slave archetype-paradigm and the Disney idiosyncrasy once again into the minds of our children..


    Grow up boys, Pixar hasn’t produce anything Bad thus far and their movies under Disney are in fact getting better and better. Show a little faith here, most likely Cars2 will be awesome.

  • Strand0410

    Disney is a studio of money-grubbing suits? Why aren’t I surprised. Cars was probably Pixar’s worst film (but still tolerable) and something I never wrapped my head around. Sentient cars? Where are the humans? The characters are obviously built around human drivers, with doors and such?

  • Scrivner

    Can’t wrap your head around sentient cars? Seriously? I mean, you do realize this is coming from a studio owned by Disney – a company based around a bipedal talking mouse that wears pants. :-) (What about sentient trains? Ever heard of a little known character called Thomas the Train?)

    I know I’m in the minority but Cars is my favorite Pixar movie. It has a great story and it’s packed with good life lessons about friendship, loyalty, respect, humility, responsibility, etc.

    Both my four year old and I love it. The story for Cars2 was phoned in but it’s still a fun movie to watch. We have high hopes for Planes since I’ve loved planes and flying since as long as I can remember (I even got my pilots license a few years back) and my son seems to share my passion as well. We can’t wait to see it.