Cars gets a high-flying spinoff with this Disney Toon Studios film about a humble crop duster who dreams of becoming a great air racer. Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) spends most of his days flying low, but his eyes are always turned up toward the clouds. Sadly, Dusty's modest engine and intense fear of heights make a career in racing a long shot at best. Things begin to look up for Dusty, however, when a veteran aviator helps him qualify for a race against the reigning circuit champ. Now if Dusty can just learn to let go of his fears, his checkered-flag dreams may finally come true. Also featuring the voices of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards, and Brad Garrett.~Jason Buchanan
Films that concentrate on aviation & airplanes are rare, so it is a joy to see one that gets all the background material correct. In "Planes" the aircraft fly and manuever just as real planes would. And many of the characters are clearly patterned after real, historic aircraft. El Cupacabra is clearly a Granville Brothers Type R racer, and Franz, the flying auto, looks like the Aerocar designed and built by Moulton B. Taylor.
The idea of a cropduster becoming an air racer is a classic "underdog succeeds against the odds" plot, but many great films have been made with the same storyline. I particularly enjoyed the way Dusty wins the race; it is straight out of the 1937 Thompson Trophy Race when the Folkerts SK-3 passed the Marcoux-Bromberg Special in the last fifty yards of the last lap for the closest finish in American air racing history.
Anybody who enjoyed "Porco Rosso" or "Those Magnificent Men in Their Flying Machines" should love "Planes." It is a fun story and a great aviation film as well.
I'm 71 and a kid at heart. I grew up on Navy bases all over the western hemisphere - California, Washington, Tennessee, Hawaii and Guam.
My dad was a Navy AD1 (under the cowling aviation mechanic). I have seen him work on almost all the WWII thru Viet Nam aircraft. I have flown on a B25 Mitchell with Collins Foundation like the one that the Hall sons rode in the bonus feature. I have built models of both the Mitchell and the P-51 Mustang. I have a part time job with the local Grand Prairie Airhogs baseball team. The P51 and the F4U (skipper) were both built in Grand Prairie (Vaught Aircraft and American). The Airhogs have a 1/2 scale flyable F4U on display. I saw the Navy Blue Angels overfly Guam in 1954 in their F9F Panthers. Everything mentioned above were either featured in the movie or the bonus feature which makes the film very personal to this 71 year old.
My son is a huge fan of the Cars series and I came across this movie. It is a great compliment to the Cars movies and we have this movie and the second one. The characters and story line is great and child friendly.