Disney Announces ‘Planes’, A Spin-Off of Pixar’s ‘CARS’

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Disney is planning a direct-to-DVD spinoff of Cars, called Planes. Don’t get too excited, because Pixar won’t be involved. Instead the film will be handled by DisneyToon Studios, whose previous movies include The Lion King 1 ½ and Bambi II.

Here is the official plot synopsis:

Planes takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure starring Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race … despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

Disney/Pixar Chief Creative Officer and Cars director John Lasseter had this to say:

“We had such a great time exploring the world of Cars over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters. By expanding the Cars world, Planes gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters. The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion. I know audiences are going to love taking off into the wild blue yonder with these daredevil characters, as they experience a whole new kind of animated adventure.”

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