The first teaser for Cars spinoff Planes has taken off on YouTube. Watch—
I've got to say, it looks pretty good. At the least, it'll doubtless have huge appeal to younger audiences.
As previously reported, Planes is being produced at DisneyToon Studios in Glendale and will not be branded as "Disney•Pixar". Notice that only Disney is named in the trailer.
Peter Sciretta over at /Film writes that he's "sure Pixar wants no credit what-so-ever." Sure, Pixar appears to want to keep their studio identity special, but it's more complex than that.
To begin with, Cars and Cars 2 director John Lasseter (and franchise guardian Jay Ward) must realize that Planes will reflect on Cars no matter how its billed.
More importantly, the film just isn't being made at Pixar, but by a different group of artists. Why would Pixar be credited with making it?
Planes lands direct-to-video in Spring 2013.