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Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Terry Boyden


Disney’s Planes is Another Nail in the Pixar Coffin

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The latest trailer for Disney’s Planes debuted today and I can’t help but shake my head at what’s become of the former Pixar dynasty.

Not only was Cars 2 one of the worst Pixar movies of all time, but now Disney is spinning off the Cars world and re-branding it solely under the Disney name. Perhaps Disney is taking a lesson in merchandising from George Lucas, one of the top shareholders at the Mickey Mouse company after selling off the house that Star Wars built.

You won’t find a kid around who doesn’t love those cool Cars toys, which have been licensed in lineups ranging from Lego to McDonald’s happy meals.

It’s sad to see Pixar get watered down. Earlier this month, it was announced that Merida, the heroine of Pixar’s Brave, would become a Disney princess. Unfortunately, in order to make the grade, Merida had to be transformed from a fiery, curly-haired hero into a freshly permed Barbie doll.

Is it the Brave end of Pixar as predicted in our prior podcast, or just a step in a different direction?

You can watch Cars 3 with airplanes, err the new trailer for Planes below. The Happy Meal trailer comes next. Hey, at least it has Val Kilmer in it. Can’t go wrong with Top Gun‘s Iceman!

Disney’s Planes debuts in US theaters on Aug 9 and UK theaters on Aug 16.

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  • Ernie Estrella

    This film doesn’t even bear the Pixar name on it but it’s a spinoff of Cars. There’s a huge factor of Disney and it’s the licensing aspect, and Cars 2 is a money-making machine, and Planes will be too building off of the Cars brand. It’s a smart move by Disney, and my kid’s been talking up Planes since he saw the trailer for it on the Cars 2 blu-ray. So believe me, there’s a reason they’re doing this. Creatively I agree, there isn’t much originality and again, it’s clear that this is a Disney film (which isn’t so bad when you consider Wreck-It Ralph and Bolt were both “Disney” films– both of which I enjoyed. I think the true test is to see both Monsters University and the next original property Pixar comes up with. I’m not ready to put the nail in yet, but as a fan of Pixar I can agree with many of the points you made.

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  • Patrick

    This isn’t a Pixar movie. It’s by DisneyToons. Therefore, you entire article’s premise is wrong. Way to go.

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