Last week, Movieline reported that Pixar was putting out a DVD-spinoff of Cars entitled Planes. The site ran it as an exclusive and did not provide a source for the information. Overall, I think the news got blown way out of proportion after the mainstream media picked up on the story. Some began to question Pixar. “Why?” they asked. “How could Pixar go into the DVD-sequel business when they were doing so well?” was another common question. How quickly we forget about a feature such as Buzz Lightyear of Star Command.
As reported by Upcoming Pixar, Steve Hulett of The Animation Guild Blog has been alluding to Planes for some time now, and now may have confirmed its existence by stating DisneyToon Studios will be producing it. DisneyToon Studios is the production company that has worked on the recent Tinker Bell DVD movies and straight-to-DVD sequels such as The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning. As you may recall now, Buzz Lightyear of Star Command: The Adventure Begins was released in 2000, and while there may have been Pixar employees serving as consultants, the film was not “A Pixar Film”.
Hulett is an Animation Guild Business Representative, so he is already more reliable than an unnamed source who provided Movieline with the information about Planes. I have to say I was very skeptical of the news about Planes when Movieline reported it, which is why you haven’t seen a post on The Pixar Times until now.
No official details about Planes has been released so nothing is confirmed.