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Life-sized version of Dusty from Disney "Planes" to make appearances at US & Canadian air shows this Summer

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Just can't wait to see Disney "Planes," that new animated feature which is set in the world above "Cars" ? Well, what if I were to tell that there was a way to get close to one of the characters featured in this new Walt Disney Pictures release well ahead of its August 9th release date?

"And how exactly would I do that?," you ask. By heading out to one of the 11 airfields around the United States & Canada where a life-sized replica of Dusty Crophopper (i.e. the plane voiced by comedian Dane Cook who -- even though he's afraid of heights -- still dreams of someday becoming a high-flying air racer) will be making appearances at various air shows now through September.

This past weekend, Dusty made his debut at the Bethpage Air Show at Jones Beach. Flown by Texas-based aerial applicator Rusty Lindeman (who also customized one of his own Air Tractor AT-301 airplanes just so it would then match Dusty's paint scheme and features), this replica cropduster showed off his talents by flying over the field and communicating with the crowd below.

And just in case you're wondering, that was indeed Dane providing Dusty's vocals for the Bethpage Air Show. Cook came by Disneytoon Studios in Glendale, CA earlier this month just to record the dialogue that his "Planes" character would be saying during his air show appearances this Summer. More to the point, Dusty's appearances at these air shows will be accompanied by an uplifting excerpt from Mark Mancina's score for new this Walt Disney Pictures release.

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Once Dusty landed, Bethpape Air Show attendees were invited to come by the Disney Display Hangar to have their pictures taken with this replica aircraft.  As they exited this colorful "Planes" display, the kids from the Jones Beach area were offered stickers, tattoos and coloring sheets featuring some of the characters from this new animated film.

So where else in the country will this life-sized version of Dusty be making appearances? Well, the folks on the Publicity side of the Mouse House are being kind of close-mouthed about this airplane's appearance schedule as of this moment. But even so, word has leaked about a few of the air shows where this retooled & repainted At-301 will be standing in for the star of Disney "Planes." And they include:

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But if you want to have a really special time with Dusty, you might want to hold on seeing the life-sized replica version of this Disney "Planes" star until he flies into EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Which will be held at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 29th - August 4th.

Dusty is scheduled to make three appearances at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (on July 29th, July 31st & August 2nd to be exact). But August 2nd is probably the day when most Disney animation fans will want to be heading out for Wittman Regional Airport.

You see, on that night -- a full week ahead of when Disney "Planes" is supposed to be opening in theaters nationwide -- Walt Disney Studios will be holding a special preview screening of this new animated feature at EEA AirVenture Oshkosh's Fly-In Theater. And not only will Disney "Planes" be screened outdoors on a five story-tall screen with a full sound system, but Klay Hall (i.e. the director of this new Disneytoon Studios production) will be on hand to talk about the making of Disney's "Planes," sharing some behind-the-scenes stories as well as revealing production secrets about this feature-length cartoon.

The life-sized version of Dusty Crophopper as he appeared at the Waterloo Air Show.
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Mind you, there are seven other air shows in the U.S. and Canada where this life-sized replica of Dusty from Disney "Planes" will be making appearances. And as soon as those nice folks at Disneytoon Studios share that info with JHM, we'll be posting the rest of Dusty's appearance schedule here for you to see.

So what do you folks think? Is getting the chance to see a life-sized version of Dusty Crophopper streak across the sky as he then talks with the guys in the tower a good enough reason to get you to out and see your local air show?

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  • Interesting bit of croos-promotion for the film by Disney. Did Disney or the folks at Bethpage provide any photos of the really-for-real Dusty? I'd be curious to see what he looks like, especially since it sounds like we won't be seeing him at any of the West Coast air shows.

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Sorry, Schneibs. The first day of the Bethpage Air Show got cancelled due to bad weather. And as for the second day ... Well, I would have driven down to Jones Beach myself to get pictures of this life-sized version of Dusty myself. But I didn't make it back to New Hampshire 'til just after Noon on Sunday. So driving down to Long Island to get pix of this plane wasn't really an option at that point.

    More to the point, I only heard about this "Planes" promotion when I was at Disneytoon Studios last Wednesday meeting with the creatives of this upcoming Walt Disney Pictures release. In addition to interviewing the director, the producer, the screenwriter, story supervisor, art director and flight coordinator, I got to see the first 30 minutes of this movie. Which was surprisingly good. There isn't a frame of "Planes" that says "Hey, I just to be a Home Premiere." This looks like a really-for-real movie, Schneibs. One that may do some decent box office come August of this year.

  • Is this your most current post on the topic of Dusty?  I would love to take my son to see a show featuring him!  Thank you for such fantastic information!


    (Mouse Ears Mom)

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