Dusty Crophopper: A crop duster with a dream. Voiced by Dane Cook. (Disney)Link
Leadbottom: A grumpy old biplane with no time for Dusty's racing dreams. (Disney)Link
Skipper: A reclusive Navy Corsair who may just be able to train Dusty for the big race. (Disney)Link
Chug: Dusty's buddy, coach and biggest fan. (Disney)Link
Dottie: Forklift and ace mechanic. (Disney)Link
Bravo and Echo: Two of the Jolly Wrenches top troops. (Disney)Link
Ripslinger: The biggest name in air racing, but that doesn't mean he plays fair. (Disney)Link
Ned and Zed: Ripslinger's evil henchmen.Link
Rochelle: A tough racer and the pride of Canada. (Disney)Link
Bulldog: The oldest racer on the circuit, this plane is from the U.K. (Disney)Link
El Chupacabra: A passionate racer from Mexico. (Disney)Link
Ishani: The Pan-Asian champion from India. (Disney)Link
Roper: The race official with a personality. (Disney)Link
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