Planes: Fire & Rescue
Dusty (Dane Cook), the famous racing airplane, learns that his engine is damaged, so he must shift gears and find a new career. He joins an elite corps of firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park. When a massive wildfire threatens the park, Dusty -- with the help of his fearless colleagues Blade Ranger, Dipper (Julie Bowen), Windlifter, Cabbie and the Smokejumpers -- learns what it takes to become a real hero.
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Let's face it, from a moviegoing perspective, this little animated pic has a pretty tough engine-torqueing vertical climb in front of it right out of the starting pylon. I mean, it's the unanticipated sequel of a movie that was considered to be a lukewarm spinoff of another waning franchise (Cars). So it's fair to say that most people aren't really expecting this to be a, uh, lofty sort of kids' flick.
And Planes: Fire & Rescue does indeed lack the spark and purr of a well-tuned cinematic air show. Characters are fairly one-dimensional, more cutesy than creative. Jokes are limited to a few tyke-targeted flatulence/backfire gags and adult-centric winks at some incongruous sexual stuff. The movie's most tender moment is a very brief one—a scene shared by two aged RVs who voice their long-lasting love for each other.
This second anthropomorphized plane pic does have its high-flying moments, though. The talking cars, planes and fire trucks are, at the very least, colorful and comfortable. And when animators zoom in to swooping, barrel-rolling, fire-fighting scenes in smoke-filled forest canyons—the "camera" diving and soaring through vividly realistic and roaring blazes—things get visually exciting... See Full ReviewJuly 18th, 2014 · Details
In terms of its message, Planes: Fire & Rescue is actually superior to its predecessor Planes. While that film told the story of Dusty following his dream and becoming a racer, Planes: Fire & Rescue stresses the importance of sacrificing one’s own goals to help the community, as well as the heroism of fire-fighters and rescue personnel, who risk their lives to save others. - See more at: http://w2.parentstv.org/Main/News/Detail.aspx?docID=3126#sthash.EvHpGPfS.dpuf... See Full Review
The visuals are stunning, the details are witty, the 3D effects are splendid, the songs are lively, the voice actors are top-notch, but the storyline feels like an episode of “Thomas the Tank Engine.” That’s when it was still analog and old-school and before it went to animation, but still — especially as the gender politics of this film are uncomfortably old-school as well... See Full Review
A couple of flight sequences take us over majestic deserts and amber waves of
grain — beautiful animated scenery. Other than that, there’s not much to this.
But then, you get the impression from all the “Cars” and “Planes” movies that
the box office and video rentals are not why Disney made them. Come Christmas
season, that much will be obvious... See Full Review
While Disney's latest film features some swell 3-D visuals of soaring over flyover country and vivid shots of forest fires, there's little excitement to be had in this ho-hum sequel. With the lackluster quality of its characters — aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles — the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces... See Full Review