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Animation: After anthropomorphic cars comes, naturally, anthropomorphic planes

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Dusty, from 'Planes'That Disney will follow up its/Pixar’s CGI anthropomorphized Cars with the forthcoming CGI anthropomorphized Planes, starring Dusty, the old-fashioned single-prop crop-duster plane who wants to compete with the fastest jets in an around-the-world air race, isn’t exactly news – it was announced in June 2011 as going direct to video in Spring 2013. But now, according to Cartoon Brew, in the wake of the announcement of DreamWorks’ June 2013 Turbo, about the snail who wants to be an auto race track speedster, Disney has decided to make Planes a theatrical release, on August 9, 2013. At least the plane looks cuter than the snail.

This is not Disney's first anthro airplane. Remember Pedro, the little mail plane trying to cross the Andes in Disney's 1942 Saludos Amigos? You don't? Oh, well ...

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Reminds me Eric Schwartz's old Amiga Aerotoon cartoons before he moved onto Amy the Squirrel and Sabrina Online.

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Oh, I can't WAIT for this!

~ Huskyteer

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Whoah, two Pixar theatrical releases in one year?

Honestly, the only reason they haven't gotten two nominees for Best Animated Feature at the Oscars is because they haven't had two features out in a year. Neither this nor Monster's University seem like slam dunks for the category, though they will mop up at the box office.

That being said, is this a real release, or a Tinkerbell release designed to crank up the nominee list, except they didn't Tinkerbell have the next year so Planes got the call? Admittedly, Toy Story 2 was supposed to be direct to video as well, so this looks legit.

And, honestly, Planes has a decent chance of being the best Cars movie ever.

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Also, White Zombie's "More Human than Human" is an odd choice for the trailer.

Very odd.

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Amid Amidi has an editorial on the Cartoon Brew website pointing out how this trailer is made to look as much like a forthcoming Pixar movie as possible, without once actually mentioning the Pixar name. Result: hopefully the public will mistake “Planes” for a top-quality Pixar film, and not notice that it is a production from the much lower-quality DisneyToons Studio, Disney’s direct-to-video production studio, even if “Planes” is getting a theatrical release on August 9.

Note that “Planes” is now “the first film in the Planes trilogy.”

http://www.cartoonbrew.com/disney/disney-releases-planes-trailer-78623.html

http://pixar.wikia.com/Planes

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Animation Scoop has the second trailer for Planes. It's looking better and better, and is FULL of anthropomorphism.

http://blogs.indiewire.com/animationscoop/planes-preview-clip#

I am a bit confused, though. Animation Scoop says that Planes is a production of Disney's TV animation Glendale subsidiary, Disneytoon Studios. But Indian studio Prana Studios, with offices in Mumbai and Hollywood, says that it produced Planes under subcontract for Disney. Prana produced the four Tinker Bell direct-to-video features.

http://www.pranastudios.com

Fred Patten

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And here is Planes trailer #3.

http://www.movieweb.com/movie/disneys-planes/trailer-3

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Cartoon Brew's Amid Amidi posted today that, "Disney announced this afternoon that they will release 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' as a 3D theatrical feature on July 18, 2014. The film is a sequel to 'Planes', itself a spin-off of Pixar’s 'Cars', that will open in theaters on August 9. Both of the 'Planes' films are produced by Disneytoon, the John Lasseter-run division that handles all the projects that Pixar and Disney Feature won’t touch with a ten-foot-pole. It should also be noted that Planes 2 wasn’t among the 15-feature release slate that Disney announced last month so we can only guess how many more Disneytoon features will flood theaters over the coming years in addition to the Disney and Pixar features."

Apparently "Planes", and presumably its sequels, is actually produced under subcontract to Disneytoon by Prana Studios, the CGI studio that produced all four Tinker Bell direct-to-video DVDs.

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"Planes" is doing unexpectedly well at the box office. It is still hanging in the Top 5 after almost a month since its release. And yes, its closing credits list all of the Prana Studios' filmcrew who worked on it.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-23839872

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"Planes: Fire & Rescue". Here is the first trailer for the second movie of the "Planes" trilogy.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrrvR8xC58c

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"Planes: Fire & Rescue" trailer #2. The comments on this on other sites are worth reading; most of the commenters obviously think that this is either a Pixar or a Disney movie. It's no secret that it is planned by Disney's Disneytoon subsidiary, with the CGI animation subcontracted to Prana Studios in Mumbai.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=00kruVHYwqo

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"Planes: Fire & Rescue" trailer #3, and Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" official website.

http://movies.disney.com/planes?cmp=wdsmp_plan_4d_bing_src_Title_Trailer

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Yarst! The Rotoscopers website reports that DisneyToons Studios' "Planes: Fire & Rescue" is doing so poorly at the box office that the promised "Planes 3", now in production, may be cancelled, and the studio has just had considerable layoffs.

http://www.rotoscopers.com/2014/08/13/disneytoon-studios-hit-layoffs-fire-rescue...

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a retired former librarian from North Hollywood, California, interested in general anthropomorphics