The inventors of the first plane were the Wright brothers. And what an invention! Many of us have traveled by air. For me it’s a necessary from of transportation. But, if I had my way, I’d stay on land because flying scares me. My daughter? She loves to fly. She even loves remote controlled planes and even loves to make paper planes. When I heard that “Planes” was coming out I knew that kids would be attracted to the characters and the power of flight. I screened DisneyToons Studio’s Planes twice with my family and (not to my surprise) my daughter thoroughly enjoyed it.
Planes is an underdog story about Dusty (Dane Cooke), a crop dusting plane, who passionately wants to be an air racer. He makes it into the Wings Around the Globe air race and with the help of his friends and mentor Skipper who is a Veteran flyer who reluctantly takes him under his “wings”. Skipper (Stacy Keach) discovers Dusty’s little problem. He has a fear of heights. Now that’s an interesting twist! Dusty along with Ishani, Ripslinger, El Chupacabra compete for first place in the race. There is deception, danger and even romance in this film. This is a movie that encourages you to do things out of your comfort zone and to never give up even if you weren’t necessary built for something.
I couldn’t help but to compare Planes to Cars by Pixar. I know that the two are different films but I felt that Planes imaginary didn’t match the stunning CGI of Cars and I also felt that the voice talent lacked charisma. I also felt some of the jokes fell flat. BUT I did like characters. They are likable. Dusty is really cute. I think El Chupacabra as well as Skipper stole the show. I loved the emotion from those two characters.
The graphics and scenery traveling from destination to destination along the race was pretty cool. The beginning of the film was a bit slow but the pace picked up half way through the movie and the ending definitely pulled the movie together. Don’t get me wrong, I liked the movie. I just didn’t love it. My daughter on the other hand did love the film and laughed and even cried during it. So what do I know?
The line of toys to support the movie is really cute. I recently attended the D23 Expo and saw the Dusty packpack with moving propeller. Awesome bag for back to school! I do plan on buying an El Chupacabra figure to put on my desk. Oh, and watch closely there seems to be a little foreshadowing in the film. Notice the big boat with eyes? I see a Boats movie in the future.
* We did not receive monetary compensation for this review. Tee attended a screening at Disney Studios as well as D23Expo. This will in no way sway our opinion of the product or service. The review is in our own words and is our opinion. Your results and opinions may differ.