Originally planned as a direct-to-video release, Walt Disney has decided to lock in a theatrical release date for their movie Planes, which is inspired by the world of Pixar’s Cars, and follows…you guessed it, airplanes.
Disney has reserved the August 9, 2013 spot for the movie, which will be made by DisneyToon Studios, not Pixar. Pixar legend and Cars director John Lasseter, however, will oversee the project, as he does for all DisneyToon and Walt Disney Animation titles.
Planes originally had Two and a Half Men star Jon Cryer attached to voice the lead, but he’s since departed and they’re now looking for someone new.
Though it’s very unlikely to happen again here, Toy Story 2 was also originally planned as a direct-to-video release. We all know how that turned out.