Ahoy, squirts! Quint here. I'm trying really hard not to be cynical about Planes. I try to remind myself that at one point Toy Story 2 looked like a bad idea, too. It was going straight to video and then mid-stream they changed their minds and it turned out to be one of my favorite sequels in recent memory.
Then again that was all in house at Pixar and Planes is a spinoff of my least favorite series they developed and it's not even being made by the Pixar team, but rather Disney's Toon Studios.
Visually the below footage looks impressive and definitely doesn't have a direct to video vibe, so at least we know the production value was raised along with its theatrical release status.
I just find it really hard to get invested in this universe. I'm glad it's making Disney a ton of money, but let's just say I'm happy that Bob Peterson and Pete Docter are developing a couple of original films at Pixar.
Here's the sneak peek footage: