Can the success of Cars translate to Planes for Disney without Pixar??

Hi there!

That’s right! News out of DisneyToon Studios has it that Planes will draw inspiration from the hugely popular Cars series of movies, games, and merchandise. Instead of cars acting like people, we’ll have a new and original group of daredevils from around the world!

We don’t have any details beyond what’s in the latest press release from DisneyToon Studios. Planes will arrive on DVD & Blu-ray in Spring 2013.

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Here’s what we know:

“We had such a great time exploring the world of Cars over the course of two films, so it seemed only natural for us to see where our imaginations would take us in a film where planes were the main characters. By expanding the Cars world, Planes gave us a whole new set of fun-filled situations and a great opportunity to introduce some fantastic new characters,” commented John Lasseter, Chief Creative Officer, Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios.

“The team at DisneyToon Studios has done such an amazing job creating a heartfelt story filled with great comedy, adventure, and emotion. I know audiences are going to love taking off into the wild blue yonder with these daredevil characters, as they experience a whole new kind of animated adventure.”

PLANES takes off with an international cast of the fastest air racers around, in a comedy packed with action and adventure starring Dusty, a small town dreamer who longs to enter the most epic around-the-world air race … despite his fear of heights. With the help and support of a fleet of new and hilarious characters, Dusty wings his way into the biggest challenge of his life.

Fasten your seatbelt as more information on PLANES will be arriving shortly!

It’s interesting that this is happening without Pixar in the loop… But I’m sure we’ll be hearing much more on Planes over the next year or so as images and maybe even a teaser gets released.

Question: What do you think? Can Planes do for Disney what Cars did?

–Fitz

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Book Review: Too Tall Alice by Barbara Worton

Hey all!

We’re always excited to find new childrens’ books at my house. And to find a book that celebrates the things that make each of us unique is a boon. Boosting a child’s self-esteem can be tough at times as they learn to navigate the pitfalls of peer pressure and finding their own identities.

Too Tall Alice is a new book by author Barbara Worton and illustrated by Dom Rodi. It focuses on Alice, an eight-year old girl who is four inches taller than all the other girls in her class and having a hard time being different.

And as if being taller than the rest of her class wasn’t enough, she overhears the grownups talking about her during a card party, calling her a string bean. This didn’t sit well with Alice, who wanted nothing more to be the same height as all the other girls in her class. She cried and cried, eventually crying herself to sleep.

And in a dream, she went on a grand adventure to the place where all the tall girls lived. Once there, she saw basketball superstars, supermodels, circus show girls… and she didn’t want to be like any of them. In the dream, one of the girls tells her that she has to find her own way and be what she wants to be — which is anything at all.

When she woke up, she felt much better about herself and was fine with being tall — and she could be whatever she wanted to be, string bean or not.

It is a great story with a lesson that all kids need to learn… we’re all unique and we all have to find our own way in the world, regardless of whether we’re tall, short, have big ears or a big nose, wear glasses, or simply see the world in a different way than everyone else. Even adults sometimes need to be reminded of this lesson sometimes.

As we read this book with my two daughters, I have to relate a very cute story about my youngest. She is infatuated with Ariel, the mermaid from Disney‘s The Little Mermaid. And when we came to find out that Alice had a “super-fluffy Ariel the mermaid bed,” she got very excited and was immediately riveted for the rest of the story.

Be sure to check out Too Tall Alice!

–Fitz

p.s. Pick it up at your local bookstore or at Amazon!

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Writer’s Strike Almost Over???

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Hey all…

I’ve seen from various news outlets, including ABC, Variety, and Slashdot that the Writer’s Strike may be coming to a close if the WGA‘s members vote through an agreement on Saturday. Could it be true?

Most picketers seem to be waiting to hear the details of the contract agreement from their WGA leadership on Saturday. Nobody wants to accept a bad deal just because there’s a deal on the table. Most members have very specific concerns about deal points, one of which being a 17-to-24 day window that studios would have for free usage of content before writers got paid for programs streamed on the internet.

But we should hear sometime Saturday whether the WGA members accept the terms of the deal.

An interesting quote I’ve seen in a few places is from former Disney CEO Michael Eisner

“It’s over. They made the deal, they shook hands on the deal. It’s going on Saturday to the writers in general… A deal has been made, and they’ll be back to work very soon.”

We can only hope that it happens soon. We may yet see new episodes of our favorite TV shows before the summer. But who knows?

–Fitz
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