A plane designed for dropping fertilizer wants to become more than what he is by entering a race around the world putting himself at risk with the hazardous weather conditions and backstabbing competitors.
Set in the world of Cars, Disney’s Planes stars Dane Cook as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, the plane with a passion for flying although not too high because he is afraid of heights. Despite his fear and lack of experience flying anywhere but the same crop field every day, he is able to convince an old war plane Skipper (Stacy Keach) to help train him with friends Chug (Brad Garrett) and Dottie (Teri Hatcher).
Dusty’s competition and eventual nemesis Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith) is the fake role model three-time champion that acts like a hero to the media but is deep down rotten to the core. At first Ripslinger does not think much of Dusty but when Dusty shows that he can compete with the top racers in the world, Ripslinger starts to devise a plan to permanently end Dusty’s life. When Ripslinger uses Dusty’s love interest Ishani (Priyanka Chopra) to trick him into a trap, Dusty is more determined than ever to beat Ripslinger and cut Ishani out of his life.
While there is a race going on the movie is mainly about the teacher student relationship of Dusty and Skipper as Skipper teaches Dusty a lot yet Dusty does not listen to all of Skipper’s advice, sometimes pays the price sometimes finds a better solution. Trust issues become a main factor when Dusty discovers Skipper’s shocking past.
The bonus extras include deleted scenes that are unfinished animation, a Top Ten list of the top flyers of all-time, and a featurette on how this project came together and was not originally part of the Cars world or was about planes. No audio commentaries are included. Figure skating champion Joannie Rochette voices French-Canadian plane Rochelle.
It’s nice to see a Disney movie that’s not mainly a love story. While there is a romance story-line between two planes it’s not the focus. Compared to classic Disney movies this is nothing out of the ordinary except for the beautiful 3D animation. Not a bad film, it’s funny at times but nothing as captivating as the classics.
Run time of 90 minutes
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