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‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’: Gannaway returns us to the world of planes

‘Planes: Fire and Rescue’

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Again we get an invitation to see this wonderful world of “Planes” and “Cars”. This adventure will bring you into the middle of huge forest fires, crashing buildings, falling bridges and avalanches. We will also learn about a new team of heroes that save our lands from forest fires.

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DisneyToon Studios, Prana Studios, and Walt Disney Pictures.
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Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, and Cedric the Entertainer.

After winning many world racing championships, Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) finds out that his shifter gear is not functioning properly and the part is now obsolete. His racing career is now over and he must find some other way to use his talents. When the airport is shut down because of an insufficient fire support, Dusty decides to help Mayday (Hal Holbrook) the old fire truck, put together a new staff.

Now, Dusty must go for training to learn how to be a firefighter and it brings him to a high level training facility in one of our national parks. There he meets his new friends Skipper Riley (Stacy Keach), Lil’ Dipper (Julie Bowen), Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), Windlifter (Wes Studi), Cabbie (Dale Dye), Dynamite (Regina King), Pinecone (Corri English), Avalanche (Bryan Callen), Blackout (Danny Pardo), and Drip (Matt Jones), where they help train Dusty in advance firefighting techniques to help him become an elite firefighter. With his new found friends Dusty and the team face a new adversary that now endangers the forest.

Director Roberts Gannaway brings us back to this unique world of “Planes” and “Cars”. He delivers us a unique but spectacular story that helps us better understand our heroes personality. Gannaway does a great job with the 3D special effects animation and conveys a brilliant color to the viewer.

This remarkable film will sure to entertain and is a good film for the kids. It is entertaining and a fun adventure for all and a must see for the summer.

Final Grade: I give this a B+ for its original storyline and excellent animation.

Release Date: July 18, 2014

Cast: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, and Cedric the Entertainer.

Director: Roberts Gannaway

Writer: Jeffrey M. Howard (characters)

Runtime: 83 minutes (1 hour and 23 minutes)

MPAA Rating: Rated PG for action and some peril.

Genre: Animation, Adventure, Comedy, and Family.

Production Company: DisneyToon Studios, Prana Studios, and Walt Disney Pictures.