Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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With Disney’s announcement earlier today of a Finding Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, set for 2015, it’s extremely interesting that they’d also choose today release a brand new glimpse of Planes. The Dory reveal started a lot of conversation, both on this site and Twitter, about Pixar’s recent penchant for sequels. Planes isn’t a sequel, nor is it a Pixar film, but many fans are going to assume both things when it’s released this Summer. So let’s set the record straight.
Planes is a spin-off of Pixar’s Cars, created by Disney Toons Studios. They’re the company that primarily does Direct-To-DVD films, and this film was originally intended as a video-only release. When John Lasseter (who created and directed both Cars films) got his hands on Planes, he decided it was bigger than that and it’ll get a full theatrical release August 9 under the Disney banner.
What you’ll see below is your first footage from the finished film, which recently announced Dane Cook as the main voice. It looks…incredibly exciting. Visually impressive, lots of speed and action. But it does bring up the issue of Disney going back to the well time and again.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Disney’s Cars spin-off Planes is getting a boost from a high-profile voice cast. Following Dane Cook‘s casting last month as protagonist Dusty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, and many more have signed on to fill the supporting cast. There’s even a mini Top Gun reunion going on, with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Get details on and images of their characters 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 »
Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Pixar seems done with the Cars universe for the time being, but Disney isn’t letting a franchise that popular lay fallow. A couple of years back, DisneyToon Studios began work on a direct-to-DVD spinoff titled Planes, about a crop duster named Dusty who unexpectedly lands a spot in world-class air race.
Then, much like its protagonist, the project found itself called up to the big leagues when Disney decided to go ahead with a real theatrical release. A new trailer has just arrived, almost two years after the first, and you can check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 21st, 2012 by Angie Han
Grownup fans will argue til the cows come home about which Pixar movie is the best (it’s Ratatouille, FYI), but when it comes to the studio’s worst film, there’s a strong consensus that Cars 2 is the studio’s low point. Even the original Cars was beloved more by kids than their parents, and the sequel has the dubious distinction of being the first Pixar movie to ever get a “Rotten” critical score.
Nevertheless, the franchise’s success with the under-12 set can’t be ignored, and so Disney announced a few years ago that a spinoff titled Planes was in the works. (Yes, I mean Disney, not Pixar.) The feature was originally slated to go straight to DVD in the fall of 2013, but now the studio’s changing course with a planned theatrical release next summer. More after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
To be fair, a low point for Pixar is still what would be considered a middle or even high point for most studios, but that doesn’t change the fact that most people over the age of 12 see the two Cars films as the nadir of Pixar’s oeuvre. It’s doubtful that the direct-to-DVD spinoff Planes will fare much better with that crowd, either, especially as it’s not even being made by Pixar — rather, it’s being produced by Disney Toon Studios, the same outfit behind other home video sequels like Mulan II, Tarzan II, Bambi III, The Fox and the Hound 2, etc.
But the Cars films do make a ton of money with the younger set, and like it or not Planes will probably do brisk business as well. The Mouse House, in fact, is so confident in Planes‘ future success that it’s apparently already begun developing Planes 2: Fire and Rescue. If there’s one silver lining for Cars (and by extension Planes) haters, it’s that the spinoff-sequel is still a ways away, as the first Planes has just been pushed back half a year to Fall 2013. Read more after the jump.
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Last year, it was revealed that Disney was developing a film called Planes, a direct-to-DVD computer animated spin-off from Cars. Its notable that while the trailer mentions the story takes place “from above the world of Cars”, the teaser has no mention of Pixar AT ALL. Even the Disney-Pixar production company logo above the movie title only reads “Disney”. The movie was produced by Disney Toon Studios, the outfit behind many DVD sequels for Disney films.
Remember the last time Disney began doing direct-to-dvd spin-off/sequels of their classic animated films? Yeah, that was a disaster — a disaster that John Lasseter ended in 2007. Well it looks like the mouse house needs more money and Lasseter is on board.
I’m sure Pixar wants no credit what-so-ever. I have no interest what-so-ever in seeing this movie. Watch the one and a half minute teaser trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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