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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

If you hated 'Cars 2,' wait'll you see 'Planes'

Cars 2 comes out on DVD today. If you vaguely resent Pixar Animation Studios for pushing its parallel universe of talking automobiles on the moviegoing public, you will not appreciate the way the DVD plugs Planes. Sometimes, Pixar's DVDs contain extras on the same creative level as the films themselves. On the disc for the original Cars, the short "Mater and the Ghost Light" had all the prankish, anarchic humor the movie lacked. The Cars 2 extras seem designed only to promote Planes, a direct-to-DVD spinoff set in the Cars world but produced by DisneyToon Studios, not Pixar.

Not only does the disc include a Planes teaser trailer that looks like a Top Gun parody, the short "Mater's Tall Tales: Air Mater" pretty much only serves to set-up a plane-based town comparable to Cars' Radiator Springs. Some of the "Mater's Tall Tales" shorts are pretty amusing, but "Air Mater" seems to have been written by the auto pilot. Here's an excerpt, such as it is.

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