Feature-Length <i>Cars</i> Spinoff <i>Planes</i> Coming Direct To DVD

Pixar's Cars 2 is almost upon us, hitting theaters at the end of June. We'll be waiting considerably longer for Disney's just-announced direct-to-video spinoff Planes, however, with a Blu-ray/DVD release now set for spring 2013.

"We had such a great time exploring the world of Cars over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters," co-director John Lasseter said in a press release. "By expanding the Cars world, Planes gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters."

Like the Cars 2 plotline, it sounds like Planes is built around a major race, only this time it will be set in mid-air. The star of the show is Dusty, a small-town flyer with dreams of being a top-flight (couldn't resist) racing superstar and a pesky fear of heights to overcome. Harry Potter star Jason Isaacs is lending his voice to the character Siddeley for Cars 2, who happens to be a plane. Seems reasonable to expect that the character, if not the actor, will be showing up at some point in Planes.

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