Is Disney already planning to create a whole franchise of spin-offs based on its Cars movies?
John Lasseter's introduction to Planes at the D23 Expo - the first film set in the same universe as Cars - certainly suggests that's the plan.
“[We're creating] an entirely new film set in the world of Cars but it's about the different vehicles. The first one we're doing from the Disney Toon Studios is called Planes .”
You'll notice he said “the first” there.
“The world of Cars is really big,” he added. “When I look out of my window when I'm driving I see a whole other set of characters.”
The plot of Planes centres around Dusty ( Two And A Half Men 's Jon Cryer), a single-prop agriculture plane who lives in the small town of Propwash Junction. Can he compete with the lean, mean, trophy-winning machines he idolises?
“We always record the dialogue first because we get inspiration from the actors. The character of Dusty would be nothing without Emmy Award winning Jon Cryer,” Lasseter told D23.
“To be a part of the Cars universe is so ridiculous,” Cryer said as he joined Lasseter on stage. “If you guys ever get a chance to do a voice character in a Disney movie, do it because it's awesome.”