Grady Smith
April 12, 2013 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Disney says its new animated adventure comes ”from above the world of Cars.” The windshields have eyes and the vehicles talk, but this time the focus is on Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), a small-town flyer who competes against sleeker jets in an air race around the world. The project was originally developed as a direct-to-video release, but the studio deemed it flightworthy enough to soar into theaters. How did first-time feature director Klay Hall feel about the upgrade? ”You mean after I woke up off the floor and the blood rushed back into my head?” he asks. Sounds like he was up in the clouds.

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