THE NEWS BUNDLE: Disney Moves Non-Pixar 'Cars' Spin-Off 'Planes' To Theatrical Release for August 2013

For what seems like awhile now, Disney has been hard at work developing a spin-off to their hit Cars franchise with the CGI animated Planes. Originally set for a Blu-Ray/DVD bow late next year, the film takes the talking vehicles into the skies and explores an entirely new adventure separate from the race track we've seen thus far. Now, however, it seems the popularity of Lightning McQueen and a very successful year for 2012 Disney Animation has led the company to rethink its strategy and has revealed we can expect another Walt Disney animated feature in theaters next year.

Disney has announced today have moved the planned direct-to-video release of Planes to a full cinematic one for a late summer release on August 9th, 2013.

The film was developed by Disney Toon Studios, not Pixar despite its polished CG-animated look. Among the voice cast confirmed, Jon Cryer was set to star as a crop-duster plane named Dusty (pictured above), but has since left the project. Disney is searching for a new voice actor to star longside characters from the talents of Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett and Carlos Alazraqui.

A sequel called Planes 2: First and Rescue is already in development, but whether or not it could hit the big screen mostly depends on Planes' box office success. At the very least, it could become yet another Disney home video sequel that the company has made famous (or rather infamous) in recent years, returning the possible series to its original release format.

Directed by Klay Hall with producer John Lasseter assisting in development, here is the first teaser trailer for the film:

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