Disney Announces Direct-to-Video, Pixar-Less ‘Cars’ Spin-Off

Hollywood.comWere you a huge fan of Disney-Pixar’s 2006 Cars, but felt it could have been less polished? Did you love the talking transportation-themed characters but felt they could have been voiced by actors less distinguished than Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy?

Well than today is your lucky day. DisneyToon Studios — the direct-to-video division of Walt Disney Studios responsible for such classics as Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch and Cinderella III: A Twist in Time — today announced a new CG animated Cars spin-off, Planes, coming to home video on Blu-ray and DVD Spring 2013.

Thankfully Pixar Animation, the studio that has earned twenty-four Academy Awards and made over $6.3 billion worldwide, is in no way involved in the production of Planes.

Below, without any additional sarcastic commentary, is the ecstatic press release from Disney:

DisneyToon Studios Announces Planes

An all-new high-flying feature-length comedy adventure

with a fleet of fun new characters

BURBANK, Calif. – February 17, 2011 – The sky’s the limit as DisneyToon Studios proudly announces PLANES, a spectacular, full-length CG-animated comedy action adventure movie for everyone set high above the world of CARS.  PLANES will introduce an entirely original and hilarious crew of daredevils from every corner of the globe and draws inspiration from the immensely popular Disney•Pixar’s CARS world. PLANES will arrive on Blu-ray and DVD in Spring 2013.

“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.” commented John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.  “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.”

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.

Fasten your seatbelt; more information on PLANES will be arriving shortly.

Source: DisneyToon Studios