Planes

The Formula One rivals of Ron Howard’s Rush won’t be the only racers speeding toward possible death this year. Disney’s Planes features an aerial race contender so inexperienced and unqualified that his very participation prompts one character to shrug, “Well, he’s going to die.”

In most other respects, though, we can probably expect Planes to be a much different affair from Howard’s historical drama. For one thing, the racer in question is an anthropomorphic crop duster named Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook). For another, Planes is set in the same colorful, kid-friendly universe as Pixar’s Cars. Don’t expect any solemn meditations on mortality and the competitive spirit from this one, in other words. To find out what you can expect, see the new trailer after the jump.

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Disney’s Planes, the former direct-to-DVD film that’s now been given the full-blown, 3D theatrical treatment, has just announced its star. Dane Cook, one of the world’s most famous and successful comedians, though paradoxically not necessarily the most popular comedian, will voice the lead character of Dusty (above), a plane who hopes to be a racer but is afraid of heights. Jon Crier was originally cast in the role. Read the full press release below. Read More »

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