Julie Bowen gives voice to Dipper, the friendly, spirited air tanker in Disney’s new animated adventure-comedy, Planes: Fire & Rescue, directed by Bobs Gannaway from a screenplay by Jeffrey Howard. Dipper is a full-figured gal skilled at skimming lakes, scooping up thousands of gallons of water and dousing angry fires. She’s also an avid air-racing fan with a major crush on the world-famous Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook). When she learns he’s joining the fire and rescue squad at Piston Peak, she’s head-over-wheels with excitement. Opening July 18th, the film also features the voices of Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Regina King, and Wes Studi.
At a recent roundtable interview, Bowen spoke about her character, when she first became involved, how she’s gotten huge cool points from her kids for being in the movie, why she didn’t practice the voice around the house, what it was like working inside the recording booth, how Shaun Cassidy inspired the mindset of her hopelessly romantic character, what it was like meeting Dane at the cast and crew screening, her most bizarre fan encounter, and the impact the syndication of her ABC comedy, Modern Family, has had on how people see her. Hit the jump to read the interview.