Before Disney’s “Planes" even hit theaters last summer the studio had announced that the sequel, "Planes: Fire and Rescue,” would soar in 2014. And their confidence in the “Cars” spin-off was not wrong, with the original movie bringing in $220 million worldwide.
As expected, many of the colorful characters audiences loved from the first film also appear in “Fire and Rescue,” but since Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) has transitioned from racing to saving lives and forests, there’s a slight change in tone here. This new trailer emphasizes the fact that being part of the heroic rescue team requires a new type of focus and dedication from Dusty.
But that doesn’t mean there won’t still be plenty of fun. Yahoo Movies recently caught up on the phone with new “Planes” voice cast member Julie Bowen — the two-time Emmy winner for ABC’s “Modern Family” who plays super-scooper plane Dipper — about the special blend of energy and kookiness she brought to the role. And she revealed if she has gained any cool points with her kids now that she’s going to have her own toy.
Are your children a little bit more excited about this role versus other roles you’ve done?
Julie Bowen: Oh, they are SO excited, and, unfortunately, they’re pretty young. They’ve watched “Cars” more times than a human being can count. They’ve watched “Planes” a thousand times, and they still get confused when they watch “Planes,” they go, “Mom, why aren’t you in it?” as if if they play it one more time I’ll appear. So they’re very excited and they know my character’s name and they cannot wait.
Speaking of your character, who or what is Dipper? She’s described as a “Super Scooper”?
J.B.: It was actually quite fun, I’ve never done a project like this. I have no voice skills but they were so great and Bobs [Gannaway] the director, the writers and producers were amazing. I had no idea how to do this or what the process is, I know how to do commercial voice overs, it’s very strict and limited. They were like, “We wrote some stuff but you can do whatever you want and we’ll work together” and so I was just jumping around, they had written a character who is a little kooky, I loved how weird she was. She thinks Dusty is her boyfriend just because he said “Hello,” she’s racing down the aisle. She’s a little bit needy in the love arena and I had so much fun with that, I just went crazy and God bless those people, they edited it into something.
How much fun is it as a different type of acting?
J.B.: Oh my Lord, it was so fun. I got so lucky because, first of all, I’m an actress so I’m a little kooky. We’re all a little fragile and you’re in a booth and you’re alone and you can’t hear them but they can hear you. So the first day I walked in and said, “I’m going to imagine that every single time I can’t hear you that you’re saying nothing but how bad I am, so now that that’s out…” and that became a running joke. One of them would press the button and go, “She’s awful,” because they knew I was sweating bullets. It’s not a high jump where you know you’ve cleared the bar, you just keep going and I knew I was getting in the zone with the voice and the humor but if they hadn’t allowed me to work like that, if they’d said “Just say what’s on the page,” I would have been a little lost.