DVD Review: Disney’s Planes

I received a copy of Disney’s Planes to watch and review. These are my opinions based on watching the movie. They are 100% my own as always.

Disney’s Planes arrives in stores today. I did not see Disney’s Planes when it was in theaters. It wasn’t on my radar, so to speak. I knew about the movie but didn’t have much interest in it. So, when I got the opportunity to go and review it I asked Eva if she was interested in watching it, she was. So I requested a copy and we watched the movie as a family on a lazy Sunday afternoon when we were all sick. It wasn’t too bad. I found it more entertaining than Cars 2. I liked the first Cars movie and thought that was very well done. The second movie I did not like very much at all. Planes was somewhere in the middle.

How to Draw Dusty

The formula for Planes was fairly similar to that of Cars. You have the main character of Dusty who dreams of being something more than what he was built to be. Dusty, Planes version of Lightning McQueen, is a crop duster plane but he wants to be a World Class racer. Dusty’s good friend, Chug, is a fuel truck and fulfills the role of Mater but is played by the more like-able and talented Brad Garret. We even have a grizzled old war hero, Skipper who reluctantly agrees to help Dusty out by training him.

Meet the Racers: Dusty

Where Planes diverges is in the character of Dusty. He’s not arrogant like McQueen was. Dusty wants to see more, to be more and tries very hard to accomplish that. Even though Dusty is more of a character that you could relate to I didn’t find myself pulling for him like I did for Lightning. Maybe it was because we’ve seen the story before in a different way or maybe it was because Dane Cook’s delivery was so close to Owen Wilson’s, I’m not sure what it was but the movie did not draw me in.

Meet the Racers: El Chupacabra

The movie, however delighted my kids. Eva even requested to watch it again within the same week. She liked the jokes and the race. I enjoyed the performances by Carlos Alazraqui, Sinbad and Brad Garrett. I thought that they did great jobs. Dane Cook’s performance was a bit flat and I couldn’t tell the difference between the character of Doc from Cars from that of Skipper from Planes. The mysterious old guy with a secret past has been seriously overdone.

I did enjoy the behind the scenes clips because they showed how the team that worked on the movie came to the decisions that they made for the movie. I especially enjoyed the training montage scenes.

Planes Activities

Download Facts & Activities

Disney’s “PLANES” Salutes National Aviation History Month
Celebrating the Wondrous World of Flight All November at Aviation Museums Across the Country

Burbank, Calif., November 5, 2013 – This November, Disney salutes National Aviation History Month, a month-long celebration of U.S. aviation’s storied past, with the release of the high-flying family adventure “PLANES” on Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital HD and On-Demand on November 19, and through educational partnership with aviation museums across the country.

Beginning November 1, 2013, select aviation museums will feature “PLANES”-inspired learning materials designed to introduce children to the exhilarating world of flight and its most celebrated figures. These materials include the Disney “PLANES” Reel, featuring “Top Ten Flyers,” a countdown of some of the greatest aviators in history hosted by ESPN’s Colin Cowherd, “Aviation Fun Facts” tip sheets, and activity sheets families can fill out while visiting their favorite aviation museums. For more information on participating museums, please visit the Planes Facebook page at http://di.sn/sI1.

To further celebrate National Aviation History Month, Disney will release the spirited animated comedy “PLANES” on November 19 for families to enjoy at-home. Throughout our nation’s history, the world of flight has given us such influential role models as the Wright Brothers, Charles Lindbergh and Amelia Earhart, all famous aviators who proved that, no matter how high their dreams, with imagination, hard work and perseverance, anything is possible. Now, the world of Disney animation gives families everywhere a new kind of high-flying role model in Dusty, the crop dusting plane with sky-high dreams at the center of Disney’s “PLANES.” His indomitable spirit reflects that of history’s great aviators and is sure to inspire children’s imaginations to take flight this November.

Directed by Klay Hall (“King of the Hill,” “The Simpsons”), produced by Traci Balthazor-Flynn (“Return to Never Land,” “Bambi II,” “The Little Mermaid: Ariel’s Beginning”) and written by Jeffrey M. Howard (“Tinker Bell,” “Tinker Bell and the Great Fairy Rescue”), “PLANES” is propelled by a star-studded voice cast that includes Dane Cook (“Louie,” “My Best Friend’s Girl,” “Dan in Real Life”) as Dusty, Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy,” “Nebraska”) as Navy Corsair Skipper, Teri Hatcher (ABC’s “Desperate Housewives,” “Coraline”) as say-it-like-it-is mechanic Dottie, Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Veep,” “The New Adventures of Old Christine,” “Seinfeld”) as Rochelle, Priyanka Chopra (“Barfi!”) as Ishani, John Cleese (Monty Python, “A Fish Called Wanda”) as Bulldog, Carlos Alazraqui (James Garcia on Comedy Central’s “Reno 911”) as El Chupacabra, Roger Craig Smith (Captain America in Disney XD’s “Marvel’s Avengers Assemble,” voice of Sonic The Hedgehog in “Wreck-It Ralph”) as the world champion racer Ripslinger, Val Kilmer (“Batman Forever,” “Top Gun”) as Bravo and Anthony Edwards (TV’s “ER,” “Top Gun”) as Echo.

“PLANES” will be available as a Blu-ray 3D™ Combo Pack (Blu-ray 3D + Blu-ray+ DVD + Digital Copy), a Blu-ray Combo Pack (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy), a DVD (DVD + Digital Copy), Digital HD and On-Demand.

· Exclusive Franz’s Song (approx. 1:40) – Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers

Produced exclusively for Blu-ray and HD Digital, this never-before-seen completely finished animated song features the German mini-car, Franz Fliegenhosen, who encourages Dusty on his flight.

· Klay’s Flight Plan (approx. 15:00) Blu-ray, DVD & Select Digital Retailers

Follow Director Klay Hall’s personal journey during the making of “Planes” and discover why his family connection to aviation made “Planes” his perfect project. Fly along with Klay as he lands on a working aircraft carrier to get first-hand experience on the flight deck.

· Deleted Scenes (approx.. 3:46) Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers

Director Klay Hall and Producer Traci Balthazor-Flynn introduce deleted scenes from the movie.

1. Training Montage (approx. 2:38)

2. Taj Mahal (approx. 1:08)
· Meet the Racers (approx.. 5:50) Blu-ray, DVD & Select Digital Retailers

Featurettes introducing racers El Chupacabra (1:15), Ripslinger (1:15), Dusty (:90), and Ishani (:90).

· Top 10 Flyers (approx. 8:00) Blu-ray & Select Digital Retailers

ESPN’s Colin Cowherd hosts a fun, fast-paced countdown of the greatest aviators in history.

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Film Synopsis:
The world of Cars takes flight in Planes, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems…he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for—and the inspiration to soar.

About The Walt Disney Studios:
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