Disney’s ‘Planes’: New photos, a ‘Top Gun’ reunion

March 28, 2013 | 4:11 p.m.
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Dusty Crophopper: A crop duster with a dream. Voiced by Dane Cook. (Disney)

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Leadbottom: A grumpy old biplane with no time for Dusty's racing dreams. (Disney)

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Skipper: A reclusive Navy Corsair who may just be able to train Dusty for the big race. (Disney)

ripslinger Disneys Planes: New photos, a Top Gun reunion

Ripslinger: The biggest name in air racing, but that doesn't mean he plays fair. (Disney)

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Bulldog: The oldest racer on the circuit, this plane is from the U.K. (Disney)

Not exactly a sequel, and not an entirely new franchise either, Disney’s “Planes” is hoping to capitalize on the success of the first two “Cars” films that combined earned more than $1 billion worldwide.

“Planes” takes viewers back to a world where cars, planes and even forklifts have feelings, facial expressions and the ability to talk. The film will look very familiar to anyone who has seen either “Cars” or “Cars 2,” but it is produced by DisneyToon Studios, and not Pixar, which produced the first two “Cars” movies.

The star of “Planes” is Dusty (Dane Cook), a crop duster who dreams of  joining the air racing circuit, even if he is afraid of heights.

He’s joined by a cast of characters that include a grounded old Navy Corsair who coaches him to greatness, a genial fuel truck, and an array of  international air racers who are regulars on the circuit.

Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer and Dane Cook will all voice characters. The film also features a “Top Gun” reunion of sorts, with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voicing a pair of fighter jets.

“Planes” opens in theaters on Aug. 9. Check out the trailer and tell us what you think about “Planes” in the comments.

— Deborah Netburn


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2 Responses to Disney’s ‘Planes’: New photos, a ‘Top Gun’ reunion

  1. Fred says:

    Even though Pixar is not producing the film, it's worth noting that John Lasseter, (director of Cars & Cars 2, and chief creative officer of both Pixar and Disney Animation), will be one of the producers of Planes.

    I don't care what anyone says, I loved the Cars movies and I'm looking forward to Planes. Looks really fun. :)

  2. TOTALLY STOKED that they wised up, and are releasing in theater instead of straight to DVD!!! Thrilled to see it in theater, perhaps a few times, AND buy the DVD if it is as good as I hope it will be!

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