Planes - now coming to theaters

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Juuchan17's avatar
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So, Disney/Pixar's hit series "Cars" has a spin-off movie coming out called "Planes" - anyone looking forward to this? Honestly, I'm not, if only because I have a feeling it's going to be the same thing as the "Cars"-verse.... except with aircraft. I don't doubt that it'll be a hit with kids [boys mostly, I'm sure], but based on the premise and the lead character Dusty [he's a plane that's afraid of heights - ha ha, that is so cliché, Disney/Pixar!], I'm just not getting into it.

Anywho, ComingSoon.net say that the movie won't be a DTV release anymore, but a late summer theatrical release instead [August 9, 2013 to be exact]!

So, let's talk about it, Keyframers~ Are you looking forward to this spin-off?

- Juuchan17

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Yeah, I've updated the profile...

From what I can gather Planes was going to released in Cinemas throughout Europe - including the UK - regardless, so I'm still in the same mood for it as ever, pretty indifferent either way. We're getting it the film a week later, which isn't so bad.*

Being set in the same universe as Cars, neither Pixar's best work, also doesn't fill me with any more enthusiasm. That it's being made by Disney's Disney Toon division, also isn't helping. If they put the time and effort into the film, so that it feels like a proper movie and not just an ascended DTV, then it might claw some interest back for me. If it stays at around DTV quality; well the review I write should be fun reading for others at least.

Of course, one might say that I predisposed to think that everything new and upcoming is going to be bad, if only to be thankful when it turns out not to be the case.

*Still waiting for Wreck-it Ralph to arrive here. Although I'm a bit more hopeful about its quality than I was before.

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This is one I hadn't planned on seeing when it was a DTV, so I'm definitely not wasting my get-a-free-movie points on it. 

The Cars universe has just never worked for me. Cars wasn't terrible, but it's my least favourite Pixar film. I still haven't seen Cars 2. I figure it's one of those movies I might check out if I was trapped on a plane or something.

Planes on a plane maybe? ;)


starlac - do you know what Disney Toon has be responsible for so far?

Juuchan17's avatar
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starlac: Thanks for the update, and I'm glad I could offer some assistance~

Also, I'm just like you - I'm not really looking forward to it. I didn't really like the first "Cars" [save for Mater], and I have yet to see "Cars 2" [which I've heard more negatives than positives... except from the crazy Cars-fans], so I'm just... eh, not looking forward to it.

Also, wow... you haven't gotten "Wreck-It Ralph" yet? I hope you get it soon and then go see it! I am curious to hear your thoughts on it!

athena: I haven't seen "Cars 2" either, and I'm in no hurry to see it... unless it's a free viewing. I'll probably be the same way about "Planes", but I'm willing to wait a bit before placing some sort of official judgment on it.

- Juuchan17

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Pixar

Cars 2 is currently sitting on my blu-ray shelf, chosen as my latest freebie from Disney UK reward's scheme, as of yet I haven't played it (properly). It's kind of there for the sake of completion (once Finding Nemo is out on blu-ray, I'll have all of Pixar's films to date on the format). It was easier to spend points for it instead of actual cash.

Personally, I don't hate it, but I do think that it's one of Pixar's weaker films. If you don't have much good feeling about the first, then I'd avoid the second.

DisneyToon Studios

Well originally they were just another of Disney's TV studios, then they got renamed/upgraded to Disney Movietoons and made Duck Tales: Treasure of the Lost Lamp as their debut; with the idea of making movies of the other various TV shows airing at the time.

Then they got re-renamed Disney Toon Studios and were set making all those Disney DTVs that we all love, from Return of Jarfar, to Little Mermaid 3, pretty much all of them. In-between DTVs, they created other theatrical stuff like the Pooh movies - with the exception of the most recent one, A Goofy Movie and its sequel, The Mickey Mouse films - Mouseketeer, and whatever else that Disney figured the main feature guys didn't need to work on.

Since Disney cancelled all plans for future DTVs based on existing movies, they've been making the Tinker Bell DTVs.


Wreck-it Ralph

Thanks Juuchan17, the film's coming out here in February, to coincide with our school break.

Also thanks for the help. :)

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Hmm, while I still think the first Goofy Movie was excellent, a lot of those DTVs were really terrible. 

The one Tinkerbell film I've seen seemed fairly decent though, both in terms of story and animation. Maybe the current generation is better than that which brought us Return of Jafar. :P

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