Planes

  • Dusty Crophopper has dreams of becoming a race plane, however, being a tiny cropduster does not guarantee speed. Dusty does not let his dreams fade and he does everything he can to become a racer plane in the new Disney animated film Planes.

    Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) spends his days at his boring job cropdusting cornfields but envies the bigger and faster planes who compete in races. Dusty is very good at aerobatic manuveurs, however, he just needs to work on his speed. His boss, Leadbottom (Cedric the Entertainer) and forklift mechanic friend Dottie (the adorable voice of Terri Hatcher) try to talk him out of entering the upcoming Wings Across the World race as they feel he will make a fool of himself and come in dead last. However, his fuel truck friend Chug (Brad Garrett) supports him and tells him to go for it. Dusty asks for advice from old navy war plane Skipper Riley (Stacy Keach) who refuses to even waste his time on helping him and what appears to be a lost cause.

    In the qualifiers to the race, Dusty shows what he is made of but cannot go as fast as the other competitors. However, he barely qualifies for the race, a race which will take him to Mumbai and the far east, across the oceans to the finish line in New York. Dusty does not give up hope that he can fly as fast as the rest of the other planes, including 3-time winner Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith). While preparing for the next leg of the race, Dusty meets and slowly falls in love with racer plane Ishani (Priyanka Chopra) who helps Dusty with his fear of heights and guides him while flying through the Himalayas. Unfortunately Dusty crashes into the ocean and at this point in the race he considers dropping out. However, Dusty changes his mind, with support from the other planes including the Mexican race-plane El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui). Dusty eventually wins over Skipper who shares with him his tale of flying in the war where he lost all of his flying battalion in a battle. In the final segment of the race, Dusty and Ripslinger share the lead and it is down to the wire to see who is going to cross the finish line first.

    Planes, a spin-off from Pixar's animated film Cars (Disney bought Pixar in 2006), is an enjoyable film with very well- voiced characters, with American stand up comedian Dane Cook doing an excellent job voicing the character of Dusty. One of the best sequences of Planes is when El Chupacabra tries to woo French- Canadian racer Rochelle (Julia Louis-Dreyfuss), doing whatever he can to win her heart. Also, Teri Hatcher's voice is a perfect match for Dottie.

    Planes will please the little ones in your group and will also provide a smile or two for the adults.

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