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‘Planes’ Trailer: Dane Cook Gets Animated for Disney

Disney has released the first full trailer for ‘Planes,’ their spin-off of Pixar’s ‘Cars,’ in which Dane Cook plays a crop duster plane named Dusty (obviously), who has big dreams of competing in an air race. But he’s a crop duster plane! Shenanigans ensue!

Joining Dane Cook in the voice cast are Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, making this the closest thing to a ‘Top Gun’ reunion we’re likely to get.

The film itself looks… okay. The Pixar ‘Cars’ films are not among their best efforts, so it’s hard to stir up excitement for a spin-off film, especially one that touts the voice work of Dane Cook. When Disney released ‘Wreck-It Ralph’ last year, they surprised everyone by making a more Pixar-ish film than the one Pixar released (‘Brave’), so perhaps ‘Planes’ will surprise us, too. We certainly hope so, but the trailer doesn’t seem to indicate anything spectacular.

‘Planes’ lands in theaters August 9. Here’s the official synopsis:

From high above the world of ‘Cars,’ flies ‘Planes,’ Disney’s upcoming animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history. There’s only a couple of not-so-small problems – Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he also happens to be afraid of heights.

Despite his fear and with encouragement from his mentor, a naval aviator named Skipper, Dusty narrowly qualifies for the big competition. Dusty’s sportsmanship and speed begin to rattle the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger, who will stop at nothing to see Dusty fail.

When disaster strikes during the climax of the final race, Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test. With the support of friends old and new, Dusty reaches heights he never dreamed possible and in the process, gives a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.

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