Disney’s Planes Movie Review #DisneyPlanesPremiere

*Disney provided me with an all expenses paid trip to Los Angeles in order to attend the red carpet premiere of Planes. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.*

Get ready to soar to new heights with Disney’s Planes, which takes flight in theaters on August 9th, 2013. Planes is set in the same universe as Disney/Pixar’s Cars and Cars 2; if you are fans of either of those movies, you’ll absolutely love getting to know Dusty, Dottie, Skipper, Chug, and all of the other endearing characters that will make this a theater experience your whole family will love.

Disney's Planes Movie Review #DisneyPlanesPremiere

Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) has dreams of becoming a competitive aerial racer. He has two things against him, though: he is a cropduster and he is afraid of heights. On and off the fields, Dusty daydreams about what it would be like to fly high and uninhibited.

When Dusty learns about an aerial competition, he decides to enter and seeks out the help of Skipper (Stacy Keach), an intimidating former top instructor of a military squadron. At first Skipper turns Dusty away, but soon after he sees Dusty’s potential and agrees to help him.

Against all odds (and with a little bit of luck), Dusty makes the cut for the world-famous aerial competition. Dusty’s good-natured personality is quite a contrast to some of his rivals—especially Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), who isn’t above bending the rules just to win.

My Thoughts:

I’ve been following online discussions about Planes for a while now; most people were not sure what to expect since this was originally supposed to go directly to DVD and is not a Pixar film, but is set in the same world as Cars and Cars 2. There have been a lot of mixed feelings about this film, and now the world will decide if the film is a success or not. For me, it was a total hit!

The elements of a good (or great) film for me are memorable characters, a healthy balance between humor and drama, and a positive message that can teach me something. Planes has everything I was looking for, and actually exceeded my expectations: I laughed, I shrank down in my seat at exciting moments, and I wanted nothing more than for Dusty’s biggest dream to come true.

Planes featured characters with many different types of personalities. While Dusty may remind some people of Lightning McQueen, Dusty is likable from beginning to end, whereas it took me a while before I actually warmed up to McQueen. The same could be said of Skipper and Doc; I see more similarities between these two than I do of Dusty and Doc.

Dottie (Teri Hatcher) is Dusty’s mechanic and helps to keep Dusty grounded; she is never afraid to tell him how things really are. But when she realizes just how much Dusty’s dream means to him, she does everything she can to support him and help him succeed.

Planes is of course going to appeal to young children, especially ones who are already in love with the Cars characters, but there is more than enough adult humor peppered throughout the film to keep adults entertained as well. My favorite side stories involved El Chupacabra’s (Carlos Alazraqui) hilarious wooing of Rochelle (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) and Ishani’s (Priyanka Chopra) struggle with being true to herself and compromising her values to get what she wants.

“El Chu Meets Rochelle”

There are many lessons that can be learned from these lovable, hilarious, and adorable new additions to the Disney family. Dusty made me believe that I could do anything I wanted to do in my life if I have the courage to dream big and overcome any obstacles standing in my way. Dottie taught me that while I should be realistic, with a little bit of determination and support from others, dreams can come true. And Skipper taught me what is perhaps the most important lesson of all: learn from your mistakes and never be afraid to try again.

Planes soars into theaters today, August 9th, 2013!

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Jen currently lives in Utah with her family, and enjoys reading and writing in her spare time. She is active on popular book websites including paperbackswap.com, Goodreads.com, and luxuryreading.com.

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