Armed with stellar instincts, incredible aerial abilities and
outstanding service records, Bravo and Echo are two of the Jolly
Wrenches' top troops. These fighter jets happen to be avid air-racing
fans, too, with a special affinity for Dusty, who's adopted their Jolly
Wrenches insignia. And as far as the racers are concerned, it doesn't
hurt to have a couple soldiers nearby should any plane falter under
the immense pressure of the world's most rigorous rally.
"Top Gun" vets Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards take to the skies once again -- sort of -- to voice the characters.
"Dusty gets lost in the air space of an aircraft carrier that Bravo and Echo are patrolling," says Edwards. "So we
escort him back to the carrier to make sure he's safe. I know if I were ever in trouble, I'd want these guys to have
"Anthony and I were such great rivals in 'Top Gun,' we always had so much fun on set," says Kilmer. "And I've
always thought so highly of Anthony, especially with his success on 'ER.' So it was really great to find out that we
would both being working together on 'Disney's Planes.'"
Roper, an irascible race official pitty, delivers the rules for the North
American Wings Around the Globe time trials with a matter-of-fact
personality and a wry sense of humor. In fact, Roper never misses
an opportunity to offer his own take on the events that unfold. With
sly remarks and colorful commentary, Roper is funny but firm in his
dealings with the race and the racers. Filmmakers tapped Sinbad
for the voice of Roper.
Brent Mustangburger is an American sports-broadcasting icon. With the self-proclaimed "best stall in the
garage," the excitable 1964 Ford Mustang is widely considered one of the most recognizable voices in the
history of sports television and associated with some of the most memorable moments in modern sports. Brent
Musburger -- naturally -- gives voice to the broadcaster.
Affable blimp Colin Cowling attended the prestigious Zeppelin
Broadcasting School and began his career as the play-by-play voice
for the Pacific Coast Balloon Races. He got his big break -- so to
speak -- when his Eye-In-The-Sky-In-Sports weekly recap show was
noticed by producers of Racing Sports Network (RSN). ESPN's Colin
Cowherd provides the voice of the blimp.
Filmmakers turned to Oliver Kalkofe to voice both Franz and Fliegenhosen. Franz is a meek German minicar with
a very special feature: He can fly! Without his wings, he's a mild-mannered superfan who would do anything
for Dusty, including manning his Cropwatcher blog in an effort to build the rookie plane's fan base. Franz figures
if an unknown crop duster can keep up with the best in the world, maybe his own high-flying dreams aren't
so crazy after all. With a flip of his wings, Franz's airborne alter ego Fliegenhosen emerges and superfan turns
uberfan -- brash, brazen and fearless. Fliegenhosen looks down on his schpineless four-wheeled counterpart,
and his warring personalities don't see eye to eye on anything except the source of their inspiration: Dusty.
Originally from Bridgeport, Conn., Harland was always interested in working in airport ground support, but his
first job was towing stages at the Woodystock Music Festival. Then he worked for the US Postal Service in Boston
for 11 years, but when he got the chance to work for JFK airport, he jumped at the opportunity to tow passenger
jets. In his spare time, Harland invented a widely used environmentally safe packing material. John Ratzenberger
provides the voice of Harland.
Tripp, a plane inspired in part by American Airlines' new 777-300ER, among other aircraft, makes a cameo
appearance in "Disney's Planes." Tripp, who meets Dusty at JFK airport in the film, dons American Airlines' new
look, complete with the company's newly developed Flight Symbol and stripes on his tail.
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