“Planes” is the latest animated feature from Disney. The new movie is now playing in theaters across the country. “Planes” tells the story of Dusty, a young crop duster who’s lifelong dream is to be a racing plane an ultimately win an around the world racer. The young plane is immediately met with challenges in his quest to win. He’s too short and not built to be a racer as the other crop dusting planes and the racing planes remind him every time he goes out for a qualifying run. Adding to Dusty’s challenge is the fact that he’s afraid to fly high, making it nearly impossible to win. But never the less, Dusty remains determined to see the world and to win the across the big race.
Helping Dusty reach his seemly impossible goal are his hometown friends, Dottie, a mechanic who keeps Dusty in tip top shape; Skipper, an old warplane who helps Dusty find his way around the race track and Chug, his fuel truck who helps Dusty believe that anything is possible.
Once Dusty qualifies for the race, his real life’s journey begins. As one of the Top 10 finalists in the race, Dusty meets planes Mexico, Canada, India, Great Britain and from all around the world. The sophisticated planes are initially unwelcoming to having a low flying crop duster join the race. The racing planes are quickly won over after witnessing Dusty’s charm, determination and bravery along the way. All of the racer planes band together to help Dusty after the three time champion, Ripslinger, sabotages the young plane when Dusty threatens his perfect race record.
Dusty provides a little help to his friends as well, including playing match maker between two planes in the race and also by helping his old war plane mentor fly after memories of a mission gone wrong sidelines the vet. Dusty himself even meets a young female plane from India and by the end of the movie they are good friends.
At the end of the movie, many of the planes have overcome their fears, especially Dusty who learns to fly high and grabs some “Need for Speed,” with the help of some Navy jet pilots stationed at sea. The Navy pilots are voiced by Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards in a nod to the memorable characters they played in the 80s blockbuster in “Top Gun.”
The movie is fun for kids although a little predictable. The planes are not as charming, as marketable or as memorable as their "Cars" and "Cars2" counterparts. The supporting characters are a little over the top and slightly annoying.. Plus,car racing is popular around the world, plane racing not so much.
Rated PG (Parental guidance suggested) for mildly suggestive moments and a scary encounters with the sea and ice storms.
Directed by Klay Hall; written by Jeffrey M. Howard, based on a story by Mr. Hall, John Lasseter and Mr. Howard. Running time: 92 minutes.
Voiced by: Dane Cook (Dusty), Stacy Keach (Skipper), Brad Garrett (Chug), Teri Hatcher (Dottie), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (Rochelle), Priyanka Chopra (Ishani), John Cleese (Bulldog), Cedric the Entertainer (Leadbottom), Carlos Alazraqui (El Chupacabra), Roger Craig Smith (Ripslinger), Anthony Edwards (Echo), Val Kilmer (Bravo), Sinbad (Roper), Gabriel Iglesias (Ned/Zed) and Brent Musberger (Brent Mustangburger).
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