Disney's 'Planes' Pics: Meet Dusty and the Rest of the Cast
The Cars franchise continues to be the most lucrative in Pixar history. Any parents reading this understands why. A quick scan around any room in their house likely will reveal some toy or merchandise inspired by the adventures of Lightning McQueen and his tow truck pal, Mater.
This summer, though, the creative team behind Pixar’s auto franchise is taking to the skies this summer for Planes, an original story that introduces Dusty (Dane Cook) the crop duster and was originally headed for direct-to-DVD but now will get a run at the multiplexes starting Aug. 9.
Can you name the last Pixar film that followed a similar path? It was a little sequel titled Toy Story 2.
USA Today shared a ton of new images for Planes, with insight into each new character. “I always felt every vehicle in the world of Cars is a character, and I love the idea of airplanes because you get off the ground and can take people places they have never seen," said John Lasseter, who directed Cars and Cars 2 and is executive producer on Planes. "There's so much potential."
The most noteworthy bit of casting involves these first two planes, Bravo and Echo. They’ll be voiced by Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer, triggering the Top Gun reunion parents have been waiting for.
After that, meet Skipper (Stacy Keach), Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith) and Bulldog (John Cleese), faces that are sure to be familiar once families take a ride on Planes in August.
We’re probably going to see a full trailer soon, but for now, what do you think of the character stills?
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Sean is a film reviewer for The Washington Post and daily contributor to Fandango.