Planes: Fire & Rescue is the sequel to last year’s Planes which wasn’t quite up to par. But Dusty Crophopper has new challenges to face and just how will he fare in his new gig? That is the question.
Dusty (voiced again by Dane Cook) is back at his home airstrip after his racing champion ways of the last movie… only to discover that his aging mechanics aren’t as reliable as he’d like (welcome to your forties). He refuses to accept his diagnosis and when he pushes things too far, a bad landing ends up shutting down the airstrip.
Before long he has to face facts: his racing days may be over. Which leads him to travel far away for training in his new job as a fire and rescue plane. The world of fire and rescue is dangerous and exciting, and Dusty has of course taken his he can do everything attitude with him.
Soon faced with a very dangerous fire at the park… the team has to really come together to save lives, save property and save themselves.
And there’s also a bit of love in the air… on of the fire planes is Dipper (voiced by Modern Family‘s Julie Bowen). Dipper is very taken with her DUST MUFFIN. She has some fun lines sprinkled about.
And Planes: Fire & Rescue is chock full of celebrity voices… here’s a taste… Ed Harris, Curtis Armstrong, Hal Holbrook, Teri Hatcher, Regina King, Cedric the Entertainer, Fred WIllard, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Erik Estrada, Brent Musberger amd of course as all disney animations must…. John Ratzenberger.
After saving the day and learning some lessons, Dusty is soon headed for home and helping to transform the airstrip.
The film is full of the standard puns we’ve seen before in Planes and it’s predecessors in the CARS series. Even though some lines got a chuckle out of the grown ups, they are really beginning to get tiring.
The story is a bit fresher than last year’s Planes, it’s still not classic material… and it’s presented in 3D. And for my money — 3D is a useless purchase. Very few moments even warrant the glasses and certainly no need for the extra layer.
Planes: Fire & Rescue got a thumbs from most of the under-10 set of audience members — my son included. But for me — while it was mildly entertaining — and I only thought about my to-do list twice — this sequel hit me much like Dusty’s problem in the film — Pushing for success so much that the engine can’t take it — Disney needs to consider falling back or risk stalling at the box office.
THREE OUT OF FIVE COOKIES