Disney’s Planes is taking off, people.
This is big.
As a major Radiator Springs devotee, my six-year-old has high hopes for the animated Cars spin off, and I’m pretty psyched to see what kind of coolness comes of it as well.
Inspired by the world of Cars and directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall of King of the Hill and The Simpsons acclaim, Disney’s Planes promises to be an action-packed 3D animated comedy adventure about a plane named Dusty, and his dream of competing as a high-flying air racer – despite his unfortunate fear of heights.
“Dane Cook brings unmatched charisma and brilliant comedic timing and instincts to the character,” said Hall. “He gives Dusty a great edge.”
The all-new story offers an exciting cast of characters and centers on Dusty’s high-flying dream. But, since Dusty isn’t exactly built for racing, he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps him qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
But wait, there’s more.
Just today, Walt Disney Studios announced that comedian/actor Dane Cook has been tapped to voice the plucky plane.
Best known for his appearances on Comedy Central and HBO specials, Cook recently starred on Louie opposite Louie C.K., and his film credits include My Best Friend’s Girl opposite Kate Hudson, Dan In Real Life opposite Steve Carell, and Mr. Brooks opposite Kevin Costner.
It’s an interesting choice, and I have… feelings about it considering Cook’s blatant overuse of the word retarded in his jokes.
That being said, here’s hoping working on a family-friendly project will get him to seriously clean up his act. Ha. See what I did there?
Produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn and executive produced by John Lasseter, Disney’s Planes takes off in theatres in 3D on Aug. 9, 2013.
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