Disney’s “Planes Fire & Rescue” Filmmakers Signing
Fly n' Buy, Disney California Adventure park
Who’s ready to see Disney’s “Planes: Fire and Rescue” when it opens in theaters July 18? As you may know, when world-famous air racer Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his team, including a bunch of all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
Special Signing Opportunity:
On Saturday, July 12, 2014 meet director/co-writer Bobs Gannaway and producer Ferrell Barron, the filmmakers behind “Planes: Fire & Rescue” from 2 – 4p.m. at Fly n’ Buy in Disney California Adventure® park. Ferrell and Bobs will be on hand to sign some of the new merchandise hitting store shelves now.
Here’s a look at some of the “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise that has soared into Disney Parks, so that you can prepare your crew for this amazing new adventure. The Dusty Do-It-Yourself Foam Plane, the original “Planes: Fire & Rescue” Walt Disney Records Soundtrack, the Piston Peak Fire Air Operations open edition pin and of course, a baseball hat (available in youth size only).
Now if you are in need of actual Piston Peak Fire & Rescue gear, you’ve come to the right place. Check out these new youth tees and fleece that can only be found at Disney Parks.
A few other must- have items landing on shelves include die-cast metal cars, deluxe play sets, storybooks, RipFlash flyers and more. Take a look!
Find Disney “Planes: Fire & Rescue” merchandise at select locations at Disney Parks & Resorts including:
- Disney California Adventure park – Elias & Co., Fly n’ Buy, Sarge’s Surplus Hut
- Disneyland park – Emporium, Gag Factory, Little Green Men Store Command
- Downtown Disney District– World of Disney Store
Walt Disney World Resort
- Disney’s Animal Kingdom Theme Park – Creature Comforts
- Downtown Disney Marketplace– World of Disney Store
- Magic Kingdom Park – Emporium
- Mouse Gear – Epcot
Want to learn more about “Planes: Fire & Rescue”? Take off and soar with to new heights with this elite aerial firefighting crew here (Link: http://movies.disney.com/planes-fire-and-rescue).
~ About the Filmmakers ~
FERRELL BARRON (Producer) returned to Disneytoon Studios in 2011 to produce “Planes: Fire & Rescue.” Previously, Barron served as executive producer at AirshowBuzz, LLC, where he headed series development. His credits as producer include “Mike Da Mustang” and “The Horsemen Cometh.” Barron first joined Disney in 1998 as production supervisor for Walt Disney Television Animation’s “The Tigger Movie.” He transitioned to Disneytoon Studios in 2000, serving as associate producer for “Piglet’s Big Movie.” Barron went on to produce “The Fox and the Hound 2” for DTS. He earned a BFA from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburg, Penn. The Texas native resides in Burbank, Calif.
Roberts “Bobs” Gannaway
ROBERTS “BOBS” GANNAWAY (Director/Co-Writer) is a writer/director at Disneytoon Studios, currently directing and co-writing “Planes: Fire & Rescue” for its July 18, 2014, release. He co-directed “Secret of the Wings,” with director Peggy Holmes. During his 19-year career with Disney he has served as writer/producer/director on more than 300 half-hours of television animation series, including “The Emperor’s New School,” “Lilo & Stitch: The Series,” “House of Mouse,” “MouseWorks,” “101 Dalmatians: The Series” and “Timon & Pumbaa.” He also wrote, executive-produced and co-directed three Disney DVD movies. In addition he worked with Disney Jr., where he developed the pre-school series “Jake and the Never Land Pirates” and created and executive-produced the hit preschool series “Mickey Mouse Clubhouse.”
Prior to his work at the Disney Channel, Gannaway wrote feature screenplays for Warner Bros., Walt Disney and Paramount Pictures. He developed several projects for Disney Feature Animation, including Roald Dahl’s “Matilda,” and he also co-wrote the screenplay for Turner Feature Animation’s “Cats Don’t Dance.” Gannaway was born and raised in Tulsa, Okla. There, he spent his youth drawing, going to the movies and singing in a boys’ choir. He attended the University of Oklahoma on a cartooning scholarship, then went on to graduate from the USC School of Cinematic Arts, where he received the Nicholl Fellowship.
Upon graduating he sold his award-winning screenplay, “Flesh & Ink,” to Warner Bros. “Flesh & Ink” is a live-action comedy/adventure about a comic book hero who comes off the pages of his comic book to solve his creator’s kidnapping. The sale of “Flesh & Ink” led to deals with Disney, Walt Disney Feature Animation and Paramount Pictures, where Gannaway worked on myriad projects, including an original screenplay at Paramount Pictures entitled “House-O-Matic,” about a family’s overnight stay in the house of the future. Gannaway transitioned from live action to animation when he was approached by Walt Disney Imagineering to write a Roger Rabbit cartoon for Disney/MGM studios. Disney Feature Animation soon commissioned Gannaway to develop Roald Dahl’s “Matilda.” He then went on to write a short for Chuck Jones Productions and was staff writer on the early Cartoon Network series “2 Stupid Dogs.” Gannaway has been nominated for multiple Daytime Emmys® and has won the Annie Award for best daytime animated series and various other awards for his work in daytime animation television, including a gold medal at the New York Animation Festival.