Pixar Not Making CARS Spin-off, PLANES

     July 20, 2010

Last week, we reported that Pixar was possibly getting into the direct-to-video business by spin-offing Cars into a home entertainment movie called Planes.  While the success of Cars made a spin-off seem like a reasonable business decision, Bleeding Cool reports that Pixar is not actively working on the movie.  Instead, the movie is being developed over at Disney Toon Studios.  They’re the folks best known for making disposable, direct-to-video sequels like Bambi II and The Lion King 1½.  Pixar isn’t doing the animation and the extent of their involvement is unknown regarding the story.  Bleeding Cool notes that Pixar and CCO John Lasseter are protective of their franchises, so they may serve as consultants in some capacity.  But overall  it looks like Planes won’t really be flying under Pixar’s banner.

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