Genre: Animation | Adventure | Comedy
Director: Roberts Gannaway
Writer: Jeffrey M. Howard
MPAA Rating: PG
Run Time: 83 minutes
When world-famous air racer Dusty 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 and his team, a bunch of 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.
DisneyToon‘s Planes: Fire & Rescue picks up where Planes left off. Dusty (Dane Cook) has established a successful career as a racing plane and feels like he’s fulfilling dreams. Early in the movie he has complications with internal mechanics that seem to “medically” put a stop to his racing for good.
At the end of the day Planes: Fire & Rescue has the most appealing of all this genre’s messages. Dusty eventually makes a transition to a more society-helpful job of firefighting, leaving racing behind, finding a way of using his strength in speed to help others and make a difference in the issues of forest fires.
If you’re completely new to the Cars/Planes franchises I’d rank Cars right at number one and Planes: Fire & Rescue at number two, and am confident you could live a happy and complete life skipping Cars 2 and the first Planes movie.
As far as additional features go, Planes: Fire & Rescue has a few little featurettes that accentuate the movie nicely and the kids will love including an animated short and a behind the scenes look at the air hanger and some of the planes that inspired the movie.
Planes: Fire & Rescue is a great addition to your library if you’ve got a child cycling Disney‘s Cars movies on repeat. I wish I had this movie five years ago when Cars was on daily double rotation and “Life is a Highway” was on repeat just to make the trek to the grocery store. Planes: Fire & Rescue will add another dimension to non-princess friendly movies that have something for everyone.
Planes: Fire & Rescue: Blu-Ray Combo Pack is available for pre-order from Amazon! Here’s a link!