Fearless optimist Anna teams up with Kristoff in an epic journey, encountering Everest-like conditions, and a hilarious snowman named Olaf in a race to find Anna's sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom in eternal winter.
A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group characters in order to save their world -- and ours.
Flint Lockwood now works at The Live Corp Company for his idol Chester V. But he's forced to leave his post when he learns that his most infamous machine is still operational and is churning out menacing food-animal hybrids.
Dusty Crophopper is a little cropduster plane with a fear of heights and a crazy dream of being a racer. While his friends need convincing, Dusty gets the training he needs from Skipper, a veteran fighter, and qualifies for the Wings Across the World race. In the event, Dusty finds competitors who soon learn that there is something special about this underdog as he is tested to his physical and emotional limits. In doing so, Dusty soon finds enemies, and more importantly friends, who are inspired by his dream. In the face of all obstacles, the winner of this air race will be anyone's guess. Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Dusty appears to be based on an Air Tractor AT-402 powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-15AG at 680 horsepower. 2013 marks the 50th anniversary of the PT6A engine and the 3000th Air Tractor aircraft delivery. See more »
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No matter whether you consider this a spin off or ripoff of 'Cars', 'Planes' is a perfectly amiable action adventure that offers plenty of midair thrills for the young ones
'Cars' may not have been the most well-received Pixar animation, but it and its sequel did make a ton of money at the box office and even more through its merchandising. There's no disguising therefore the motivation behind DisneyToon Studios' spin off 'Planes', which was supposed to go direct-to-DVD before being scheduled for a theatrical release with 3D prints no less.
As if the ads didn't scream it, the opening scene of the movie makes absolutely clear of its relationship with that Pixar franchise by unabashedly announcing "From Above the World of 'Cars'". Indeed, in many ways, one could consider 'Planes' a ripoff. One of its key characters, Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook), hails from an American Midwest town called Propwash Junction much like that of Radiator Springs. Like either one of the 'Cars' movies, this one is also set in the world of competitive racing, or more accurately in this case competitive flying.
Within a perfectly identifiable context unspools an entirely familiar underdog tale not unlike 'A Bug's Life', 'Ratatouille' and most recently 'Turbo'. Unwilling to accept his crop-dusting fate of spraying fertiliser on farm fields, Dusty instead dreams of competing in the Wings Around the Globe race, refusing to be daunted by his colleague Leadbottom (Cedric The Entertainer) nor his four-wheeled pals Chug (Brad Garrett) and Dottie (Teri Hatcher) despite their efforts to talk him out of it. But when he unexpectedly wows the crowd at a local tryout, Chug and Dottie begin to see that there just might be hope to achieving his seemingly impossible dream.
Besides them, Dusty gets some invaluable help from the crusty Skipper (Stacy Keach), a veteran Navy Corsair whose past exploits commanding the celebrated Jolly Wrenches squadron are the stuff of legend around town - and in yet another parallel from 'Cars', Skipper is cast from the same mould as Paul Newman's Doc Hudson. Whereas Pixar might have taken some time to develop the mentor-trainee relationship between Dusty and Skipper, screenwriter Jeffrey M. Howard cuts straight into the racing's big leagues, with Dusty's only impediment being his fear of heights.
Since 'Cars 2' made most of its coin overseas, 'Planes' too adopts a similarly globe-trotting premise, as the race takes our characters from New York to Iceland, then to Germany, across the Himalayas to China, over the Pacific Ocean to Mexico, and finally back to the Big Apple. Along the way, Dusty makes friends of his French-Canadian competitor Rochelle (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), her scene-stealing Mexican suitor El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui), and a stiff British upper-lip Bulldog (John Cleese); oh, he also finds a possible romantic interest in Indian competitor Ishani (Priyanka Chopra).
Rather than risk losing its core audience's (read: kids) attention, director Klay Hall doesn't allow much down time in between the various legs of the race; instead, a lot of time is spent in the air delivering the vertiginous thrills sure to delight the young ones especially with the added joy of 3D. And as Dusty conquers the odds within himself and Mother Nature, he also gets to deal with a nasty competitor Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), a world champion racer determined not to let some upstart upstage him.
Yet the fact that there is hardly any time for any substantial dramatic beats in between the action is not likely to bother anyone just looking for some good-ol' midair adventure. Hall dutifully trots out the iconic imagery at every stopover (including we might add some pretty niftily- designed automobiles from Nepal), while ensuring that the scenery during every section of the race is definitive enough on its own to never seem repetitive. In particular, a frightening storm at sea is one of the more exhilarating bits, preceded by an amusing segment on board a USS aircraft carrier.
For all its derivativeness therefore, there's no denying that this is a perfectly agreeable animation. Every bit of its design is reminiscent of 'Cars' - ditto for its underdog story and the overarching theme of believing in oneself no matter the odds; but once you put aside all expectations of originality, you'll find a reasonably appealing action adventure, a perfectly game voice cast (including the likes of former 'Top Gun' actors Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer as a pair of F-18 Hornets), and a surprising amount of attention to detail to please aviation buffs.
So to use its own analogy, this 'Planes' may not soar, but it certainly does find a nice cruising altitude to please the young ones and keep their adult companions sufficiently engaged - that is, we suspect, more than enough for its core family audience.
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