If you loved Cars planes wouldn’t be too big a stretch, right? Perhaps.
Planes is a story about Dusty Crophopper, a little plane who is afraid of heights and wants to race in the Wings Across the World race.
The movie is great for the kids and held their attention the entire 91 minute runtime with bright colors and fun music, Planes has great messages about the underdog testing limits both physical and emotional and finding out who your friends are. The messages mine seemed to grab was to never let anyone tell you that you can’t do something, and if you put your heart and head into it, you can do anything.
It’s a movie more for younger kids, my almost teenager said.
The main characters were given life by Dane Cook as Dusty Crophopper, Stacy Keach as Skipper, Brad Garrett as Chug, Teri Hatcher as Dottie and Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Rochelle. The cast is rounded out by other big named actors like Cedric the Entertainer, John Cleese, Anthony Edwards and Sinbad.
If nothing else, the adults can sit and play name that actor with the voices.
Other people had this to say about Planes.
“The camera angles are a source of wonder, they're very well-incorporated and really give the sense that you're journeying in the air with the character,” said one man.
A 40-year-old man took his 4-year-old daughter to see it. “It's no Cars. Or actually, it's very much like Cars. That's the whole idea. The Brent Mustangburger character ties it together if there was any doubt. Some of the jokes are similar. Some of the sight gags are similar. But the story itself is actually superior. Rather than a story about a spoiled sociopathic jerk who discovers that he actually does have a heart, this is a story of an individual who is all heart and proves to the world that you can be more than what everyone else tells you that you have to be.”
Most of the online reviews were terrible for this one, but for younger children it’s a hit. They’ll want to own it on DVD and watch it often. I personally thought it was going to be difficult to follow Cars, but they did a great job.