“Disney’s Planes” is an action-packed 3D animated comedy featuring Dusty, a plane with dreams of competing as a high-flying air racer. But Dusty’s not exactly built for racing—and he happens to be afraid of heights. So he turns to a seasoned naval aviator who helps Dusty qualify to take on the defending champ of the race circuit. Dusty’s courage is put to the ultimate test as he aims to reach heights he never dreamed possible, giving a spellbound world the inspiration to soar.
The first thing I need to point out is that Disney’s Planes was created by DisneyToon Studios, NOT Pixar Animation Studios. DisneyToon Studios produces feature-length animated films for the home and theatrical markets, like the Disney Fairies films. So, don’t expect the storyline to be as compelling as Cars.
Like Cars there is Dusty (Dane Cook), the underdog character with a good heart who has to learn how to fly smarter; Chug (Brad Garret), his slightly dense and very loyal best friend; Dottie (Terri Hatcher), the female counterpart (not love interest); and Skipper (Stacy Keach), the stubborn mentor with a hidden backstory. The plot culminates in a race with the a greedy green plane sabotaging Dusty’s chance of winning. The storylines are so similar, but Planes didn’t have that same impact of the main character’s growth like Cars does.
The 3D animation is well done. If your kid gets motion sick easily I highly recommend going to see the standard movie, because there were scenes it felt like I was actually flying in a jet plane.
Of all the characters I personally loved the Nepalese Tibetan Monk cars. They were just so cute! For parents, you will appreciate that Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards voice the fighter jets Bravo and Echo, a throw back to their roles in Top Gun.
Honestly, does it really matter what parents think? Kids will love this movie! Here is what Princess D thought …
DISCLOSURE: I was invited to attend an advance screening. I did not receive any other form of compensation. All statements are my opinion and my opinion only.