Creating Personality Out of 'Planes'
By DAVID WEINER
August 07, 2013
Disney's Planes takes off in theaters nationwide in 3D this weekend, and we're with the stars of the brand-new Cars spinoff film, including Dane Cook, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Priyanka Chopra, to find out what it takes to create a winning personality out of what is essentially an inanimate object!
Hatcher laughs that she was "hired to play a forklift" because she could bring "some attitude and some humor" to her role, while Louis-Dreyfus simply says, "They are geniuses -- these animators know what they're doing, and my hat's off to them."
"I couldn’t believe it – I saw my entire life of watching Disney animation flash before my eyes," says Cook about voicing the central character. "I remember watching Pete's Dragon when I was a kid and Bedknobs and Broomsticks and Fantasia and all these things and now I'm in it; now I'm a part of it. So this is incredible."
Disney's Planes is the comedic tale of Dusty (voiced by Cook), a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. Dusty's not exactly built for racing – and he's also afraid of heights – so he turns to a seasoned naval aviator (played by Stacy Keach) to learn how to take on the defending champ of the race circuit.
Featuring some fun and friendly nods to favorite, high-flying films (Top Gun stars Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards cameo as fighter jets named Bravo and Echo). Disney's Planes also features the vocal talents of Brad Garrett, Cedric the Entertainer, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Roger Craig Smith, Gabriel Iglesias, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe and Brent Musburger.