Planes Fire and Rescue Ryker

For the first time in nearly a decade, 2014 won’t provide fans with a Pixar film. The closest thing is probably Planes: Fire and Rescue, the sequel to 2013’s Cars spinoff, Planes. (Disney’s Big Hero 6, out in November, is in the mix too, but there’s no trailer yet). In this sequel, Dusty (Dane Cook) is forced to leave racing and decides to go for a more noble calling, “Fire and Rescue.” However, it’ll be tough to gain the respect of his peers coming from such a pampered lifestyle.

Below, check out a brand new Planes Fire and Rescue trailer, some new characters (who are Cars, not Planes) as well as a list of new cast members including Ed Harris, Wes Studi, Fred Willard, Jerry Stiller, Erik Estrada, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Kevin Richardson and Patrick Warburton. It opens July 18. Read More »

The Muppets Again - train station with James Bobin

Disney just changed a bunch of release dates and titles, offering a glimpse at what the company that owns Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm has in store in the coming years. No Star Wars Episode VII news yet, but here are the highlights:

  • The Muppets …Again has changed its title to Muppets Most Wanted. It still opens March 21, 2014.
  • Two untitled Marvel movies will be released May 6, 2016 and May 5, 2017.
  • Brad Bird’s Tomorrowland arrives a week earlier on December 12, 2014.
  • Rob Marshall’s musical Into The Woods is now scheduled for December 25, 2014.
  • A sequel to Planes, called Planes: Fire and Rescue, will be released on July 18, 2014.
  • Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day starring Steve Carell and Jennifer Garner opens October 10, 2014.
  • Lasse Hallestrom’s The Hundred-Foot Journey comes out August 8, 2014.

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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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