Animation: 'Planes' vs. 'Wings'
On August 9, Planes hit the movie theaters, while Wings hit the Walmart video bins. Jerry Beck has the story and a trailer on his Animation Scoop website. YouTube has the complete Wings, but in the original Russian.
What is the similarity between them? They both feature anthropomorphized airplanes. What is the difference? Quality. This may seem like an ironic comment considering that most of the reviews of Planes criticize it for its lack of the quality of Pixar’s Cars (despite the Disney label, it was subcontracted to Prana Studios in Mumbai for production), but check out the Wings trailer for yourself. Wings is vastly inferior to Planes. Technically, anyhow. Plotwise? Ehhh…
Despite the seeming rush to get Wings out on the same day as Planes, Wings was released in Russia on August 9, 2012 – a year ago to the day. One wonders when it went into production – was it always a blatant imitation of Planes, or did it start as a Russian CGI feature inspired by Cars? Also, see the recent Turbo for the same incredible-underdog-wins-the-big-race plot.