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Movie Review: Disney's "Planes" Soars with Fun!


September 13, 2013
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My family's been having a rough go of it as of late, so when the folks from Disney invited my daughter Sadie and I to an advanced screening of the new movie "Planes," I was beyond thrilled.  Not only was I certain that Sadie and I would receive a welcome distraction from the madness that has become our lives, but I also knew that "Planes" would deliver with the classic charm and humor for which Disney deservedly is known.  I'm pleased to report that Disney's "Planes" delivered on these counts and more, as it's an absolute show-stopper of a movie that is wholly worthy of your time and popcorn budget.

So what's thius high-flying adventure all about?  Here's the scoop. From high above the world of "Cars" flies "Planes," Disney's animated action-packed comedic adventure starring Dusty, a big-hearted, fast-flying crop duster who dreams of competing in the most exhilarating around-the-world air race in history.  There are just a few teeny tiny problems with Dusty's plans - chief among them that Dusty is not exactly built for racing and he's also afraid of heights!

Despite his fear, and with encouragement from his mentor Skipper (a cantankerous old Navy fighter plane with a checkered past), Dusty narrowly qualifies for the big competition.  Dusty's sportsmanship and speed begin to rattle the defending champ of the race circuit, Ripslinger, who will stop at nothing to see Dusty fail (apparently even planes can have a bit of a mean streak - who knew?).  When disaster strikes during the climax of the final race, Dusty's courage is put to the ultimate test.  With the support of friends old and new, Dusty reaches new heights he never dreamed possible.

Sadie and I both absolutely loved "Planes."  It had just the right amount of heart, humor and adventure, and of course, given that it's a Disney movie, the animation was fantastic.  Sadie was laughing hysterically at Dusty's silliness, and at the antics of Dusty's friendly competitor El Chupacabra, and I found myself getting caught up in the excitement of the around-the-world race.  Like any Disney movie, "Planes" is chock-full of clever twists and turns, as well as an attention to detail that you just don't find anywhere else.  As someone who was more than a little bit obsessed (ok, a lot obsessed) with "Top Gun" as a teen, I was amused to hear the voices of Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer, who play fighter planes Echo and Bravo - a very clever nod to a "Planes" predecessor (though of course "Planes" is a family movie, so don't expect any beach volleyball scenes!).

At its heart, Disney's "Planes" is about believing in yourself and finding the courage to achieve your dreams - values that, as a parent, I strive to impart to my children.  The movie is perfect for kids (and adults!) of all ages, so be sure to catch it before it flies out of the theater!  For more information or to purchase tickets to Disney's "Planes," visit http://movies.disney.com/planes.