Dane Cook Boards Disney’s Animated ‘Planes’
It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s…… Dane Cook. Disney has announced that comedian Dane Cook will be leading the voices of Planes, a spin-off of Cars. The film, which was supposed to be a direct-to-DVD release, is getting a 3-D theatrical release instead after the success of Cars 2. Cook will play Dusty the plane, who has dreams of being a high-flying air racer but is actually afraid of heights. He enlists the help of an experienced naval aviator who helps Dusty to compete against the racing circuit’s defending champ. Jon Cryer was originally supposed to voice Dusty.
Cook had been set to appear on an NBC mid-season comedy this season, but the show was cancelled before airing. Cook’s most recent appearance was on “Louie” in 2011, in which he played himself having an awkward conversation about stealing jokes with Louis C.K. He has also appeared on Comedy Central and HBO specials and has released comedy albums. His film credits include My Best Friend’s Girl with Kate Hudson and Dan in Real Life opposite Steve Carell.
“Planes,” which will be directed by Disneytoon Studios veteran and aviation enthusiast Klay Hall, will be released August 9.