Disney 'Planes' To Fly This Summer

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A new animated film from Disney will bring the world of air racing to the masses this summer, when Planes hits theaters in August. The official opening, in 3D theaters across the country, is Aug. 9, but visitors to AirVenture can see a preview screening of the film on Friday, Aug. 2, in the EAA Fly-in Theater. A real cropduster, an Air Tractor AT-301, with a fresh paint job to transform it into "Dusty," the hero of the film, also will be featured at AirVenture all week. Disney says the design of Dusty was inspired by a combination of the Air Tractor 502 and the Dromader, built in Poland.

Some of the aircraft characters in the film were based on historic airplanes, including an F4U Corsair; others are based on a combination of real aircraft, and others are imaginary. The voice of Dusty is provided by comedian Dane Cook. Other voices include Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards -- both of whom starred in Top Gun -- plus Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Brad Garrett, and Cedric the Entertainer. Director Klay Hall is a lifelong aviation enthusiast, whose father and grandfather both were pilots, according to a Disney fan site.