Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue

On Blu-Ray: 
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
Running Time: 
84 minutes

“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is the sequel to “Planes,” which is a spin-off of the successful “Cars” franchise from Pixar. The “Planes” animated movies revolve around Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook), a crop-dusting plane turned racer, and his eclectic group of friends, that are also planes. After winning numerous races, something happens to Dusty that forces him to re-evaluate life and his current career choice. This movie shows Dusty in a new light and introduces a bunch of new characters as Dusty embarks on a new adventure.
The elements of this movie that I loved the most were the visuals and the bonus footage. As always, anything created by Disney and Pixar looks excellent and realistic and “Planes: Fire & Rescue” was not an exception. The background was so breathtaking and the overall animation is always a cut above the rest. Also, a Disney/Pixar norm, the owners of this movie are greeted with tons of bonus footage and extras to please any fan of the series young and old.
However, there were some flaws in this movie that might have hindered it from being a hit like previous movies. For instance, the movie did not feel like a full-on sequel to the original “Planes” movie. It felt more like a straight-to-DVD semi-sequel until they were able to finish the actual sequel. Also, it felt like they were using the same formula and plot from previous movies, but added fire and couple small elements to mask the originality. This was not one of Disney or Pixar’s strongest movies and did not feel it was as memorable either. For those reasons, I am giving “Planes: Fire & Rescue” a “C-.”

Paul Arca
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