Behind the scenes: Little turboprop that could

Filmmakers sought real pilot insight for animated ‘Planes’

Just how realistic can you make an airplane with eyes, a mouth, and a dream of competing in an international air race?

DisneyToon Studios took on the challenge with the upcoming Disney’s Planes, an expansion of the Cars franchise that takes viewers into a cropduster’s quest to prove he can become more than what he was built for. At an aviation media event June 6, filmmakers described a rigorous research process that brought them to small airports across the Midwest, introduced them to airshow performers including the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds, and resulted in film with references that ring true to aviator parents while children revel in the adventure.

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