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Review: 'Planes' Featuring The Voices Of Dane Cook, Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Brad Garrett

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 7, 2013 11:03 AM
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Billions of dollars flood the Walt Disney Company every year, thanks to the toys, videogames, DVDs, clothing, gummy vitamins and bed sheets associated with their "Cars" franchise. What originated as a single Pixar movie (2006's "Cars") has expanded beyond the sequel (2011's "Cars 2") and short films and "land" at the Disney California Adventure theme park (whose signature ride, Radiator Springs Racers, is one of the most impressive attractions in the whole Disneyland complex). It's now it's own universe, one with just as many spin-off and sequel possibilities as such high profile Disney modules as "Star Wars" or Marvel. This is made very clear in "Planes" mere seconds after the shimmery Disney castle disappears and an odd title card emerges, before anything else, that reads, simply: "World of 'Cars,'" which, depending on your age and demographic, is either a promise or a warning. Either way, "Planes" is just the beginning. Buckle up.

Watch: New ‘Planes’ Clips Features John Cleese & Mexican Stereotypes

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • July 19, 2013 3:25 PM
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August’s animated feature “Planes” is kind of an odd duck. The world of “Planes” was introduced in a "Cars"-based Pixar short film called “Air Mater,” which literally ends with lovable tow truck Tow Mater (Larry the Cable Guy) looking into the camera and saying something like “Boy, someone should make a movie based on this.” (The short and feature also share at least one character.) The movie has a number of Pixar hallmarks (including a cameo from John Ratzenberger and an executive producer credit for Pixar bigwig John Lasseter), and is being advertised as “From the World Above ‘Cars,’” but the Pixar name is nowhere to be found on the finished film, and DisneyToon Studios handled the animation duties, which are stylistically incredibly similar to the work Pixar did on “Cars.” As you can see, it’s all very confusing. But hey! There’s a new clip! And it at least establishes that “Planes” is going to be very, very pretty. And maybe a little offensive.

Monty Python Members Reunite To Voice Aliens In Terry Jones' Comedy 'Absolutely Anything'; Robin Williams Also Involved

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 27, 2012 9:43 AM
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It's been nearly thirty years since the members of Monty Python appeared on screen together in "The Meaning of Life." Thanks to most of the group feeling it was the weakest of their film outings, long-standing fissures in the group, and resistance by John Cleese in particular to a possible sequel to "Monty Python and the Holy Grail," Monty Python have never since worked on the same project since. That said, members have teamed on various projects over the years -- all the surviving members (Graham Chapman having passed in 1989) except Terry Gilliam appeared in Terry Jones' "The Wind In The Willows" in 1996, while there have been a few on-stage reunions, generally with one or more members absent.

Disney Prepping 'Winnie The Pooh' For 2D, Hand-Animated Film For 2011

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 10, 2010 6:08 AM
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Jim Cummings To Voice Winnie The Pooh, John Cleese To NarrateDisney, once the prestigious leaders of animated family fare, have struggled considerably in recent years to remain creative and relevant in a climate dominated by the likes of Pixar and DreamWorks Animation. Their most recent in-house efforts, "Meet the Robinsons," "Bolt" and "The Princess and the Frog" have been middling efforts and their upcoming "Tangled" has virtually no heat behind it (maybe we're just the wrong demographic but the buzz on that one seems non-existent at this point). So it's no surprise then that Disney is trotting out a successful, cherished brand to try and right the ship.

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