Disney has set an Aug. 9, 2013 theatrical release for Planes, an animated feature that is “inspired by” the world of Pixar’s Cars but is not made by the animated division.
Hailing from Disney Toon Studios, Planes was originally planned for a direct-to-home entertainment release when it announced several years ago. The movie does for the world of airplanes what Cars did to the world of automobiles and even takes cues from the designs (for eyes are the cockpit windows, for example).
Jon Cryer was initially announced as the lead voice star but is no longer involved. Disney is now looking for a new actor.
Even though it may not have the Pixar stamp, it does have the oversight of Pixar’s John Lasseter, who oversees Disney Toon as well as Walt Disney Animation, the division behind features such as Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph.
This is not the first time Disney is bumping up an animated movie to a theatrical level. Toy Story 2 was initially planned for direct-to-video release in the late 1990s but those plans were revised when execs saw early reels. (Planes was already scheduled to hit theaters internationally.)
The late addition of Planes to the studio’s release calendar bring the number of movies it will open in 2013 to 10.
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