Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" Movie Review

Disclaimer: I was compensated with 2 press passes to view this movie for review purposes. 
As always, my opinions are 100% my own.


Dane Cook as Dusty Crophopper (voice)
Ed Harris as Blade Ranger (voice)
Julie Bowen as Lil' Dipper (voice)
Curtis Armstrong as Maru (voice)
John Michael Higgins as Cad (voice)
Hal Holbrook as Mayday (voice)
Wes Studi as Windlifter (voice)
Brad Garrett as Chug (voice)
Teri Hatcher as Dottie (voice)
Stacy Keach as Skipper (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer as Leadbottom (voice)
Danny Mann as Sparky (voice)
Barry Corbin as Ol' Jammer (voice)
Regina King as Dynamite (voice)
Anne Meara as Winnie (voice)
Jerry Stiller as Harvey (voice)
Fred Willard as Secretary Of The Interior (voice)

Rating: PG
Runtime: 83 minutes


“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new adventure-comedy about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Captain Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”) and produced by Ferrell Barron (“The Fox and the Hound 2”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D on July 18, 2014.

My Personal Thoughts & Review:
Let me just start this review out with, this is the best Planes movie yet and by far surpasses the first one. The first one was cute but I kind of found it boring and I think my son did to because when we went to the theaters and saw it he passed out about 15 minutes into it. I was wondering if he would do the same with this one but he didn't and instead was glued to the screen and has been non stop talking about it since we saw it on Monday. He says that he likes everything about it but in particular he likes the new aspect of fire fighting aspect and all of the new characters that are a part of it but in particular his favorite he said is Dipper.  He's in that stage where he wants to be a firefighter so he really loved this movie.

"PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE" Pictured: Dipper. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Most movies that I see in 3D I think weren't worth it and honestly this movie wasn't any exception. Yes the 3D aspect of the movie made everything look three dimensional like it's supposed to but I really wouldn't pay the extra money just for that. When I watch something in 3D I want things to come out at me and make me feel like I'm there in the movie. 

Before we went to see this movie I had high hopes for it just based off of the trailer. I loved the firefighter aspect of it and not just racing like the last one was because honestly, the Cars movies is enough racing for me and I wanted something new and non racing for this movie. While there is some but not a lot of racing bits it played into the story very well. The story itself was nice and heartwarming and I may have shed a tear at one point. Unlike the first movies story, I think this sequel had more depth, heart and something to tell a lot more and conveyed it all seamlessly. 

"PLANES FIRE & RESCUE" DUSTY ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
I loved the new characters that are from the firefighter station that Dusty visited to get trained as an aerial firefighter. Not sure which one was my favorite though. I of course loved the train that was in a few scenes, Dipper was the major funny one of the movie and all of the others were great. Dusty drove me nuts sometimes with his attitude of thinking he knows best or he can do it, doesn't need anybody's help. But I guess when a character needs a wakeup call to learn they have to be like they to fail and learn that they do need help and it is ok. Just like the first movie there was a bad character in this movie who was less horrible and mean and just more of a real jerk who cared more about his job and himself than others and where they all lived. 

The animation was great per usual of Disney movies these days. I find it absolutely amazing what they can do in animation these days. While I still love the old classic style cartoons, the ones they make today like this one are just amazing. Everything looks so real and with vibrant colors and even if you don't see the movie in 3D the animation will still look incredible and life like. The way the smoke billows or the grass sways in the breeze or even how the water or fire retardant falls from the planes looks incredible. I could not imagine how classic animation could be done to imitate the same and I really don't think it could. 

Super cute movie that I'll definitely buy and probably before the first one since I haven't bought it yet. I don't think many kids understand what firefighters do in real life and even though this is a cartoon I think it gives kids that can understand it a good idea of what these firefighters do. Most kids probably think that firefighters just ride around in cool fire trucks and wear uniforms but they don't really comprehend or know what they do and how brave they are for doing it. While we were watching the movie and they were fighting the fires I would tell my son that fighting fires like that is what the real firefighters do and his response was "woah". I know he's 4 and it'll take awhile for him to actually understand but this movie was a good way to start his learning & appreciation of firefighters.

I don't think firefighters get the appreciation or praise that they deserve and it was really great to see a movie, even a kids movie that was about firefighting and how brave they are to do it. Now if the real life day to day firefighters get more of a recognition it would be really great.

"PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE" Pictured (L-R): Blade Ranger, Dipper, Dusty, Windlifter. ©2014 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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