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Pixar Set To Launch Planes
A direct-to-video Cars spin-off...

15 July 2010  |  Written by James White  |  Source: Movieline

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Cars holds something of an odd place in the Pixar pantheon. A pet project of the studio’s creative big cheese John Lasseter, it’s been largely looked down upon as one of the “lesser” films produced by the Emeryville bods, and isn’t exactly one of their bigger earners. Unless you take into account the merchandising, which has spawned an empire all its own and which makes it their biggest earner of all. So, naturally, there’s a sequel revving its engine up for release next year and now, according to Movieline, a direct-to-video spin-off called Planes.

Yes, for a team that once stood firmly against sequels (and worked itself to the bone rescuing Toy Story 2 from a DTV grave), there really does seem to have been an attitude shift in recent years, with sequels to some of the big hits like Monsters Inc in production. And with a whole company spin-off (the new Canadian arm of the studio), we’re guessing this could be just the start.

But before leaping to any negative conclusions, let’s have a little faith in the people behind Buzz, Woody and Lightning McQueen, shall we? Toy Story 3 was excellent and no one should count them out as money-grabbing factory-film types just yet.

No one has seen a frame of Planes, which will be set in the same vehicles-as-characters world as Radiator Springs and could well be a charming, fully realised adventure all its own - and some of the Cars shorts were rather sweet.

If Planes is a success, we expect Trains to follow along shortly, followed by Cars 3 and a re-release under the banner title of Planes, Trains & Automobiles, with the ghost of John Hughes shaking his fist in frustration on the corner of the box art.


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ATN Overmind
Dude, Lasseter is the Head of Animation. This decision most definitely falls within his purview, jaunty bonnet on cock not withstanding. More

Posted by Cohaagens_Eyes at 01:09 on 17 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Bew Locks
I dont think this is Lasseters do. Yes he is a high suit, but not THE suit. More

Posted by Overmind at 04:30 on 16 July 2010 | Report This Post

Bew Locks
Motherfuckers please... you said it yourselves: Cars has become the most successful Pixar film in terms of merchandising revenues, so what other reason is there for Pixar to be releasing a DTV spin-off? And this is John Lasseter, the guy who took the reins at Disney amidst boasts that it was time to stop sullying their reputation with DTV spin-offs! What a two-faced cock sucker of a man. Looks like the cash registers outweigh your moral stance, eh John? More

Posted by Cohaagens_Eyes at 23:25 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

oh please..lesser my arse, i hate it when a couple of know it all critics tell everyone what to think of a film (not refering to Empire specificly). Personally after Monsters Inc. Cars is my favourite Pixar film and generaly its a matter of taste and opinion, since visuals and characters were in no way worse than lets say Ratatouille More

Posted by Zimbo at 22:40 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

my 2 year old adores cars. utterly besotted with it and if you watch it as many times as i have (!) you get to see just how wonderfully realised it all is. It does help if you love things that go vroom vroom as much as me and my boy but it's still a brilliantly timed and beautifully drawn movie. As for Planes? Well, he likes them too and anyway, we've got a 3 month old so who knows, maybe that one will like jet engines. and like someone else said, if you don't wanna see it, don't buy it. More

Posted by leroythemasochist at 11:45 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: Pixar Set To Launch Planes
sounds like Jimbo and the Jet Set. More

Posted by boove at 08:45 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

But, John Lasseter shut down all of Disney's Direct-to-Video projects, and said there would be no more, which made sense, and fit in with our image of Pixar. It's an utter mess to now make one themselves. If it had another name, I don't know what, something that didn't sound so blatantly crap, maybe then I'd be on board, though I doubt it. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 08:11 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

Gear Change
We all know folks that Pixar is as business, like any other business they need to put out product to make a profit. No profit, no business. This is I belive an idea which keeps the wheels turning until the next big movie comes along, because remember, this is straight to DVD, not a cynical attempt to part us from our hard earned cash. The best bit of advice I can give you, if you don't want it dont buy it! More

Posted by kittybinks at 08:03 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

RE: No...
Please PIXAR! Drop this shit and start workin on John Carter of Mars again. More

Posted by Overmind at 04:39 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

No...
this shows Pixar are running out of ideas or scared to try new things. And if ever there was a Pixar film that needed a prequel or sequel its The Incredibles. More

Posted by Lemure at 01:49 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

So long Pixar, and thanks for all the fish.
Selling out was a long time coming, as much money as they need to make, this isn't the way, alas, it's the easiest way. More

Posted by Ethanial at 00:15 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

"A direct-to-video Cars spin-off..."
Everything about that sentence made me die inside. More

Posted by AYBGerrardo at 00:10 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

Oh please no. I actually do love Cars, yes it's my second least liked Pixar film, but it still puts it above all Dreamworks movies for me, but I really really don't want Pixar to do this. More

Posted by crazymoviesdude at 00:08 on 15 July 2010 | Report This Post

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