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Planes (2013)

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A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.

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Dusty Crophopper is a little cropduster plane with a fear of heights and a crazy dream of being a racer. While his friends need convincing, Dusty gets the training he needs from Skipper, a veteran fighter, and qualifies for the Wings Across the World race. In the event, Dusty finds competitors who soon learn that there is something special about this underdog as he is tested to his physical and emotional limits. In doing so, Dusty soon finds enemies, and more importantly friends, who are inspired by his dream. In the face of all obstacles, the winner of this air race will be anyone's guess. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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From above the world of Cars


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Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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9 August 2013 (USA)  »

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$50,000,000 (estimated)

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$22,232,291 (USA) (9 August 2013)

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$90,282,580 (USA) (13 December 2013)
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In the Russian version, the Canadian character Rochelle was replaced by a Russian plane called Tanya. See more »

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When skipper is pulled out of the water in the flashback, the hull is clearly that of a nuclear carrier ( note the edge of the runway on the side ), which wouldn't be in service yet during WW2 . See more »

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El Chupacabra: [to Ripslinger] You are not even worthy of a cape swish.
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Asides for the Disney opening logo, there are no opening credits after the title has been shown. See more »

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Featured in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #21.176 (2013) See more »

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Music and Lyrics by John Fields and Jon Stevens
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'Planes' Not Smooth, But Enjoyable Flight
11 August 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This review took a while to write. I was trying to decide whether my casual interest for airplanes was clouding my judgement. Then I got confused about whether I was rooting for DisneyToon Studios to succeed or fail in its first theatrical effort in nearly seven years. What I came away with was this: Planes is a good movie.

Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is a crop dusting plane who dreams of racing. Besides the fact that he is afraid of heights, Dusty is hampered by his lack of speed. Still, he chases after his dream and, through a series of incredibly predictable events, he ends up in a race around the world.

There are some things to dislike about this movie. The most obvious is that it starts with a title screen that says "From above the world of 'Cars.'" It's like Disney was shouting, "We hope you saw that movie because that was really cool. This will try to be that, but it's going to fail." Beyond that there were a few parts that were a little hokey. Some say "Planes" has weak script writing, but I think the real weak link is Dane Cook. Every time I heard Dusty talk, I kept thinking Owen Wilson would have been great in that role. Then I remembered that Owen voiced Lightning McQueen, the main character in "Cars." There is no way they would reuse Owen's voice for what is essentially the same role in a movie that is so connected to "Cars." Still, Planes won me over. Roper (Sinbad) and El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui) were hilarious. I liked how Disney showed multiple cultures and gave each its individual identity. They even got a Bollywood actress to voice the Indian plane Ishani. This is a great movie for kids who wonder when they will ever need Science or Math, as the planes constantly talk about gravity, drag, tail winds and moisture levels. It will further bolster arguments that those subjects are good for lots of things.

You don't need to see Cars before you see this, but there are some ties to that movie. Planes doesn't have the Radiator Springs emotion of Cars, but it tries to make up for that in other ways. If you liked cars, you will like this.

Final Verdict: I'll let others debate whether this should be a direct-to-home video film. If you have nothing else to do, Planes is a solid movie for you to see. It gets a solid 7 out of 10 in my mind. It doesn't soar to high heights, but it doesn't crash and burn. Cars was a favorite with kids and I suspect this series will be as well.


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