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Dusty is a small-town plane who dreams of one day competing as a high-flying air racer. However, poor Dusty has two strikes against him: He's not built for racing, and he's terribly afraid of heights. To achieve his dream, Dusty turns to naval aviator Skipper. Skipper helps Dusty qualify to take on Ripslinger, the race circuit's defending champion. Dusty's courage faces the ultimate test, as he takes aim at heights he never dreamed were possible.



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Rated PG Some Mild Action|Rude Humor

  • 1 of 10 Sex & Nudity
  • 3 of 10 Violence & Gore
  • 2 of 10 Profanity

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  • (Female)

    ages 3+ | Not Worth Your Time

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    If Planes was about a bomber, then it would be mission accomplished. The voice talents of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, John Cleese, Brad Garrett, and Priyanka Chopra are the best things about the movie Planes, a Disney release, but NOT a Pixar production. It is Prana Animation Studios that put this one together. Not exactly a household name, but they’re the ones who released Tinker Bell and Secret of the Wings (another Tinker Bell movie) straight to DVD release. Unfortunately, the quality of this film reveals its history.

    Planes was originally created to be a direct-to-DVD release, but when little ones clamor to see a summer flick with a giant tub of buttery movie-theater popcorn, why not squeeze more money out of it and slip it into the theaters first? Ohhhhh, now this movie makes more sense.

    The movie begins with the title “From above the world of Cars” hoping the Disney connection will help this movie to soar to megabucks. It flops. Cars was somewhat unique and successful, and although Planes has a similar look, it doesn’t quite make it off the runway. Without Pixar’s humorous magic, the audience didn’t laugh for almost 15 minutes. I don’t know if any parents ever did. The humor is definitely geared towards younger children, almost at the parents’ expense. The simplistic underdog story lacks the sophistication to entertain bored parents, yet provides endless stereotypes to offend them.

    Dane Cook voices Dusy, a crop-duster who dreams of becoming a racing plane, has a secret fear of heights. Kinda lame, right?

    While most movie critics consider this film to be a soulless cash grab, there are some visually colorful aerial views of landscapes, although older folks may get dizzy in the 3D version. (I’m showing my age.) The “believe in yourself” ending is predictable and unoriginal. I mean, we just finished watching Turbo a couple of weeks ago.

    It’s a disappointing movie theater trip, but at least you got your buttery popcorn fix. Little ones will enjoy it. Parents will endure it. Are we going to see “Boats the Movie” next?

    Grade = C

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  • (Male)

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    Not being a fan of CARS (for some reason), I reluctantly went and saw this for and with my kids and wife. Perhaps it was because I had no real expectations going in that I enjoyed it. Maybe because it was actually witty at times and had homages to movies I watched as a teenager (TOP GUN for example).

    There's plenty of slapstick humor to keep younger kids entertained. We took our 2 1/2 year old since it was a weekday noon showing (we were the only ones in the theater) and she laughed at the physical humor while she stuffed her face with popcorn and pizza.

    The dialogue was fitting and appropriate for our 5 year old to comprehend and laugh along with. The visuals were colorful and vivid which kept her attention very well.

    I myself appreciated the lesson of the movie itself and instilled it with my daughter after it was over. PLANES is a great movie telling you that what you're born into or what you've been labeled by others should never stop you from attempting and believing in your dreams. Along with that, it demonstrates that being kind to others even when competing for the same goal can earn you friends willing to support you and help you achieve your dreams, the corporate world should take note.

    I'd say ages 3 and up should be fine to see this without losing focus, our 2 1/2 year old stays happy and quiet as long as she's eating, so we were OK. She's not obese, she has a great metabolism! This is a weird place to end my review, but...I got nothing.

    Oh wait, this is probably Dane Cook's best movie of all time. There, that's better.

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  • KSL Critic

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    If you liked "Cars" you will like "Planes" because "Planes" is "Cars" with wings.
    What can I say? It's cute, not fabulous. Even though film makers are plugging in and working on a tight template there's still a lot of creativity going on here.

    The way the planes come to life and exude personality is simply charming and what's going on in the background of the scenes almost requires a second viewing so nothing is missed... <a href="http://www.ksl.com/?nid=400&sid=26358879&title=planes-resembles-cars-with-wings" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

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  • clearplay.com

    ages 3+ | Not Worth Your Time

    Planes takes the concept of the movie Cars and applies it to airplanes. This is a lightweight entry with a thin, predictable plot and a decided lack of flair. There are some laughs and some fun sequences that the younger kids will enjoy much more than adults. Unlike the entries from Pixar, this one doesn’t have the sly in-jokes that will keep the adults entertained. I give it credit, however, for being family friendly, a rarity these days... <a href="https://www.clearplay.com/MovieDash.aspx?id=4562" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

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  • (Male)

    ages 3+ | Not Worth Your Time

    We took our three kids to see this over the weekend (ages 6, 5, and 3). They enjoyed it, but I have to say this was probably the worst Pixar film I've seen in a long time. I debated about saying "not worth your time" because I'd probably still give it somewhere around a "B" grade, but this just isn't up to par with the recent animated films coming out of Disney/Pixar. Your time would be better spent watching one of their older excellent productions.

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  • (Male)

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    I was pleasantly surprised with this movie. I had read some negative reviews, or at least lukewarm reviews. I took three of my grand daughters to the movie today. They are 4, 6, and 9. We all liked it. The positives in the movie were (1) Dusty set a goal, and pursued his dream. (2) When he was racing, even though it would jeopardize his finish, he helped the British aircraft who was in trouble. (3) He helped the Mexican aircraft with his love interest. He was just generally kind and helpful. The movie showed that being kind paid off. Towards the end of the movie, he had wrecked, and couldn't continue the race, however, all of the planes who saw, and were recipients of his kindness, stepped up and gave him the parts he needed to continue. (4) He also overcame his fear of heights, which helped him win the race. Overall, I just thought that it was a good wholesome movie with some very positive messages, that I would like my grandkids to adopt.

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  • (Male)

    ages 4+ | Worth Your Time

    Fun, clean movie for you and your kids to enjoy. May not be as deep or innovative as Cars, but something your kids will love.

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  • (Male) Crosswalk

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    Planes: Fire & Rescue has more heart and fewer objectionable stereotypes than the original. “It’s a movie about second chances,” says director Bobs Gannaway, which seems fitting for a brand that has made good on its own second chance... <a href="http://www.crosswalk.com/culture/movies/planes-fire-rescue-movie-review.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Standard Examiner

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    The animated terrain feels like a cross between Yosemite and Yellowstone, with geysers and lodges that feel like hybrids of both locales. It’s lots of pretty pictures that little kids might find entertaining, as we see the various machines working against the forces of nature. But there are just so many new characters introduced and so many old characters pushed to the background that any attempt at getting a grip on the variety of personalities is pointless... <a href="http://go.standard.net/Entertainment/2014/07/18/Newest-Planes.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male)

    ages 4+ | Worth Your Time

    Planes is cute and a fun movie. Definitely family-friendly. It's basically the story of Cars retold with airplanes. I would let my 3-year old watch the first part, but the competitive conflict that comes an hour into the movie will scare some children.

  • ages 5+ |

    My first impression was that this is just a copy of Cars. But then I understood that was mistaken. Movie is really great and interesting. Especially when I've seen the places which I've visited already. Will look forward to see the next part of Planes.

  • (Male)

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    Cool but not as good as cars

  • ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    Everybody is going to say that this movie is just like Cars, and maybe it is, but this is a great movie! Is it predictable, sure. But it is a fun ride and I'm excited for this whole series.

  • (Male) Catholic News Service

    ages 3+ | Worth Your Time

    "Planes" excels on two ... well, planes. The animation dazzles with exhilarating air races over beautiful scenery, while the entertaining plot offers good lessons for kids about friendship and overcoming obstacles... <a href="http://www.catholicnews.com/data/movies/13mv085.htm" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Michael Medved Show

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    While planes struggles to get off the ground, spectacular visual effects and surprises near the end bring it in for a safe landing... <a href="http://www.michaelmedved.com/movie-review/planes/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Male) Entertainment Weekly

    No Maturity Rating | Worth Your Time

    ...what Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit... <a href="http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,20687837,00.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Female) USA TODAY

    No Maturity Rating | Not Worth Your Time

    It's not that this tale of a little plane that could isn't entertaining for the very young. It's engaging enough, driving home the familiar message of following one's dreams and the less hackneyed theme of facing one's fears. But it feels far too familiar... <a href="http://www.usatoday.com/story/life/movies/2013/08/08/planes-review/2581921/" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • (Female) Movie Mom

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    A couple of problems for the movie: originally intended as a straight-to-DVD release: it does not have the narrative or emotional impact we expect from a feature film and a misguided flashback with a WWII air battle is jarring and likely too much for the intended audience of young gearheads... <a href="http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/2013/08/planes.html" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • ParentPreviews.com

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    Like most other Pixar-led productions, this one is not for the youngest of viewers despite the colorful characters and comical antics... <a href="http://parentpreviews.com/movie-reviews/planes" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>

  • Parents Television Council

    ages 5+ | Worth Your Time

    Billed as “From the World of Cars,” Planes bears more than a little similarity to that Pixar film.
    Dusty moves from a sleepy small town to the big-time of racing, making friends, outwitting enemies, learning about himself and his acquaintances, and experiencing personal growth along the way.
    As a fine example of family-friendly entertainment, the Parents Television Council is pleased to award Planes with the PTC Seal of ApprovalTM... <a href="http://w2.parentstv.org/Main/News/Detail.aspx?docID=2890" class="external" target="blank">See Full Review</a>


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