Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Roberts Gannaway

Starring:

Voices of Dane Cook as Dusty; Ed Harris as Blade; Julie Bowen as Lil’ Dipper; Hal Holbrook as Mayday; Wes Studi as Windlifter

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Planes: Fire & Rescue

In the first Planes movie, Dusty followed his dreams and became the best racer in the world. But a single-engine prop plane can only race for so long. Dusty’s gearbox is giving him trouble. According to his mechanic, Dusty can never go faster than 80 percent without crashing.

Dusty needs a new job, so he joins a firefighting unit. While there, he meets real heroes—planes, trucks and choppers who risk their lives to save others.

Wildfires can be scary. Trees and buildings burn, while cars, tractors, RVs and a fully loaded train are all put in deadly danger by the massive blaze. Dusty and Blade (the boss helicopter) both nearly die when caught in the inferno.

Of course, there are silly moments too. One of the girl planes, Lil’ Dipper, recognizes Dusty as a famous racer and has a crush on him.

Planes: Fire & Rescue lacks the spark of Cars, suffering from simple characters and bad toilet jokes. But there are a few moments—when the camera dives and soars through a smoke-filled forest—where the animation really soars. And if it takes animated planes and helicopters to show kids the heroism of firefighters everywhere, that’s OK.

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