Tuesday’s have officially become movie night in our house. My husband Kyle is taking a class on Tuesday’s and so I started letting the kids eat pizza and watch a movie during dinner on those nights. It is a fun break for the kids and it makes my life a little easier on those nights when Kyle isn’t here. Plus, the kids think it is great! This past week the kids got a treat because we received a copy of Disney’s Planes to review. Danica immediately complained “That’s a boy movie”. But in the end she freely admitted that she was wrong.
The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems…he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for—and the inspiration to soar.
My boys LOVE this movie. It is such a great movie to watch Dusty as he sets his hopes high and is able to achieve them even though the odds are not in his favor. The characters are very likeable. I think it is very amusing how they choose a crop-duster to represent a small town individual. The movie is slightly predictable, but comes with a great message for kids as they can see how Dusty is kind and likeable which works in his favor as all of his friends come to his aid in his time of need.
Overall I really appreciate the kids friendliness of this movie. It seems so many animated movies these days have so much adult humor and I definitely did not feel that way about Planes. I was slightly upset with one comment “he kicked Aston Martin” in the movie. It is just not necessary and really just eludes to bad language.
My 4 year old Kurtis is in love with this movie and has watched it several times already. He is circling all things Planes in catalogs for his Christmas list. Like I mentioned before, Danica (6) did not want to watch it as she said it was a “boy movie” but when it was done I asked her if she still felt that way and she said no. She really liked it and proceeded to tell me “it was a little scary, and a little happy, and a little sad”. I didn’t feel that it was really scary personally, but I think she felt like Dusty was scared during the movie when flying in a storm and that was scary.
With an awesome cast of voices this movie is one of our families new favorites. Starring:
Dane Cook (“Louie,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Dan in Real Life”) as Dusty, Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” “Nebraska”) as Navy Corsair Skipper, Teri Hatcher (ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” “Coraline”) as say-it-like-it-is mechanic Dottie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Seinfeld”) as Rochelle, Priyanka Chopra (“Barfi!”) as Ishani, John Cleese (Monty Python, “A Fish Called Wanda”) as Bulldog, Carlos Alazraqui (James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”) as El Chupacabra, Roger Craig Smith (Captain America in Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” voice of Sonic The Hedgehog in “Wreck-It Ralph”) as the world champion racer Ripslinger, Val Kilmer (“Batman Forever,” “Top Gun”) as Bravo and Anthony Edwards (TV’s “ER,” “Top Gun”) as Echo.
- Exclusive Franz’s Song (approx. 1:40) – Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers. Produced exclusively for Blu-ray and HD Digital, this never-before-seen completely finished animated song features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight.
- Klay’s Flight Plan (approx. 15:00) Blu-ray,DVD & Select Digital Retailers. Follow Director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of “Planes” and discover why his family connection to aviation made “Planes” his perfect project. Fly along with Klay as he lands on a working aircraft carrier to get first-hand experience on the flight deck.
- Deleted Scenes (approx.. 3:46) Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers. Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie 1. Training Montage (approx. 2:38) 2. Taj Mahal (approx. 1:08)
- Meet the Racers (approx.. 5:50)Blu-ray,DVD & Select Digital Retailers. Featurettes introducing racers El Chupacabra (1:15), Ripslinger (1:15), Dusty (:90), and Ishani (:90).
- Top 10 Flyers (approx. 8:00) Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers. ESPN’s Colin Cowherd hosts a fun, fast-paced countdown of the greatest aviators in history.
Disclosure: I received a sample for the purpose of this review however all thoughts remain my own.