- Cast: Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Dane Cook, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Anthony Edwards, Brad Garrett, Stacy Keach, Larry the Cable Guy, Cedric the Entertainer, Sinbad, Roger Craig Smith, Carlos Alazraqui, Gabriel Iglesias, Roopashree Jeevaji, Brent Musburger, Niyanta Acharya, Roma Chugani, Mark Allan Stewart, Filip Watermann, Colin Cowherd, Jaswant Dev Shrestha, Ahmed Lucan, Oliver Kalkofe
- Director: Klay Hall
- Writer: Jeffrey M. Howard
- Producer: Traci Balthazor
- Associate Producers: Tony Cosanella, Kip Lewis
- Executive Producer: John Lasseter
- Art Direction: Ryan L. Carlson
- Casting: Jason Henkel
- Editor: Jeremy Milton
- Music: Mark Mancina
- Production Design: Ryan L. Carlson
Dusty, a small-town plane, dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer, but he has two problems: he isn't built for racing and he's afraid of heights. So he receives help from a seasoned aviator named Skipper Riley to take on the defending champ of the villainous racing circuit named Ripslinger. Dusty's courage is really put to the test when he aims to reach heights he never thought possible, giving the world inspiration to soar.
- Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
- MPAA Warning: Some mild action and rude humor
- Production Companies: DisneyToon Studios, Prana Animation Studios
2013 Guide Analysis: "A spin-off of Pixar's "Cars" franchise, DisneyToon Studios produced the project which was originally aiming for a direct-to-disc release in Fall 2013. Then, late last year, the studio instead opted to release the film theatrically in the late Summer. This will mark the first DisneyToon Studios theatrical release since "Pooh's Heffalump Movie" in 2005.
Already it looks more interesting than the "Cars" sequel, and Disney certainly has high hopes for its potential, a sequel entitled "Planes 2: Fire and Rescue" is already in development. "Cars 2" was crassly commercial, primarily made for rich merchandising revenue rather than setting out to actually tell a decent story. The same could be said about "Planes," the question is if the storytelling is at a level good enough to make it worth bothering with in the cinema.
The plot this time out follows Dusty, big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There's a catch though, not only is Dusty not built for racing, but he also happens to be afraid of heights. With encouragement from a naval aviator named Skipper, Dusty qualifies and begins to rattle the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger. Jon Cryer was originally cast as Dusty, but dropped out for unknown reasons.
John Lasseter serves as producer on the project, despite the fact that Pixar isn't producing the film. Lasseter has been talking it up though, saying "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." We'll see John, we'll see."