Rated: PG

Distributed By:

Walt Disney

Directed by:

Klay Hall

Starring:

Voices of Dane Cook as Dusty; Stacy Keach as Skipper; Brad Garrett as Chug; Teri Hatcher as Dottie; John Cleese as Bulldog; Carlos Alazraqui as El Chupacabra

Adapted From:

Plugged In Online

Planes

In a world of living cars and airplanes, not everyone can be Lightning McQueen. Dusty Crophopper flies low and slow over fields. He dreams of someday racing around the world, soaring high (but not too high—he’s scared of heights) above the clouds.

With hard work and lots of advice from his coach, an old warplane named Skipper, Dusty just barely qualifies for the big race. But once he takes to the skies, he’ll discover that championship races aren’t won—they’re survived.


Dusty is a good friend who always plays fair. When one of his competitors springs a leak, Dusty flies to the rescue, even though the other racers surge ahead. His positive attitude impresses the older planes and many of them become friends throughout the race.

Some of those friendships take a romantic turn. Two of the planes keep sneaking off-screen to kiss; we see lipstick smudges on the boy plane. Dusty gets close to an Indian jet who teaches him about Hinduism. We see several scenes in a sports “bar,” where vehicles sip oil or fuel. There are a few toilet jokes, and the other planes make fun of Dusty for smelling like fertilizer.

The action scenes can get intense, especially when Skipper remembers a battle from World War II. Some of the racing planes crash, and Dusty damaged by a storm.


After two Cars movies, Planes feels like the back half of a round-trip flight. In other words, we’ve seen all of this before. The characters are cute and the story flies by at a quick pace. Best of all, Dusty is the kind of hero that definitely has the “right stuff,” which makes this simple underdog story soar just a little bit higher.

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