Thanks to Disney, my son and I saw an advanced screening of Disney Planes Fire and Rescue in 3D. Opinions expressed are that of my own, photos and movie details were provided by the studio.
When I go to see an animated movie, I don’t expected to laugh, see adventure, and be educated all at the same time. However after seeing Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue, that is exactly what happened.
I had no idea what was involved with fighting Wild Fires and the huge role that the US Forest Service plays. It is a dangerous and heroic job to battle natural and sometimes unnatural forces of nature, and the film gave a good representation of what these types of jobs entail. Plus, I had no idea what a Smokejumper was, but now I know and WOW what a responsibility!
Planes: Fire & Rescue follows the continued adventures of world-famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) who learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again. Through a misstep and a “want” to help others, he then launches himself into the world of aerial firefighting.
He joins forces with a crew of veteran fire-and-rescue helicopters, planes, and smokejumpers, and through the guidance of Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) he becomes the certified and brave firefighter.
The film is Rated PG and is directed by Bobs Gannaway. The Voice Cast includes: Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer, Danny Mann, Barry Corbin, Regina King, Anne Meara, Jerry Stiller, Fred Willard, Captain Dale Dye, Kevin Michael Richardson, and Patrick Warburton.
I really liked this movie because it had a good flow and a great mixture of comedy, adventure, and dialogue. The visuals of nature were very realistic and it drew me in because of the details.
An example of a this would be when Dusty flies over a plain. As the winds blows across the field it creates waves in the tall grass, it was a highly detailed nature scene.
The parts of the film where fire is involved can be a little intense but the heroics displayed at the same time really draw you into the film. I walked away with a lesson in what self-sacrifice is and what it means as a firefighter to put your life on the line.
My son watched the film and I could see that he was just as interested as I was. Needless to say we were both pretty wrapped up in it though out the 1 hour and 23 minutes.
I interviewed my 8-year-old after the movie and asked him what he thought. He said, “The movie is funny and exciting, but because of the fire, it can be a little scary at times. I learned about how planes help put out fires and what smoke jumpers are.”
His favorite characters were Dusty, Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), and Blade.
He told me that he liked Dusty and Blade because they were heroes in the film and thought Dipper was really funny because of her creepy crush on Dusty.
He also gave an “honorable funny mention” to the character Maru (Voiced by Curtis Armstrong) because of his “It’s better than new!” attitude.
Will you be going to see Disney Planes: Fire & Rescue with your family? What are you looking forward most to seeing?
When we got home, my son immediately grabbed his Dusty Plane and said “This is my favorite toy to play with”. The movie definitely left a positive impression on us both.
For up to date information on Planes Fire & Rescue, visit their website at Disney.com/Planes or like them on Facebook at facebook.com/DisneyPlanes and Twitter @DisneyPictures.
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