More than a few people are going to look at the new teaser trailer for Planes and think of it as the next evolution of selling out for Pixar. The thing is, despite John Lasseter’s presence as a producer, this straight-to-DVD sequel that got bumped up to first class has DisneyToon Studios written all over it. In fact, you won’t see the Pixar logo anywhere in the trailer — even though they’re aping the look of Cars right down to the font choices.
The movie stars Dane Cook, voicing Dusty Crophopper, a plane whose afraid of heights but desperately wants to compete in a massive flying contest.
It’s being directed by Klay Hall (Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure) and comes right at the tail end of the Summer blockbuster season. Check out the teaser for yourself:
First of all, it’s great to see Rob Zombie involved with movies again. Second of all, the teaser is plenty of fun with its winks and clever sky writing, and with the personell involved (and not involved), it’s most likely that this could be a fun, colorful flick for kids that doesn’t try to hard to keep the parents engaged.
Planes hits theaters August 9th.