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Despite not earning the same critical praise other Disney/Pixar films have, 2006’s Cars has been one of the most successful for Disney, spawning a sequel and becoming a merchandising machine. So it should come as no surprise that Disney planned a direct-to-video movie taking the franchise to the air with Planes. However, the studio announced today that the film will now be heading to theaters.
ComingSoon.net reports that Planes will hit theaters on Aug. 9, 2013. The film focuses on Dusty, a small-town plane who wants to race against world-wide stars in an around-the-world race. Unfortunately, he has a fear of heights. Dusty’s friends will help him overcome his fears to fly in the major race.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Two and a Half Men’s Jon Cryer was originally slated to voice the main character, but he dropped out and the studio is still looking for a lead actor.
The film is being produced by DisneyToon Studios, which is usually responsible for the direct-to-video features, although some of its films have made it to the big screen before. Pixar’s John Lasseter will still have oversight on the project.
Hopefully, the film will turn out as good as Toy Story 2, a film that started as a direct-to-video project before getting scheduled for theatrical release. It has gone on to be one of Pixar’s most acclaimed films.
This is the 10th film that Disney will release to theaters next year.