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Planes (2013)

PG  |   |  Animation, Adventure, Comedy  |  9 August 2013 (USA)
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A cropdusting plane with a fear of heights lives his dream of competing in a famous around-the-world aerial race.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Skipper (voice)
Chug (voice)
Dottie (voice)
Rochelle (voice)
Ishani (voice)
Bulldog (voice)
Leadbottom (voice)
El Chupacabra / Additional Voices (voice)
Ripslinger / Additional Voices (voice)
Echo (voice)
Bravo (voice)
Roper (voice)
Ned / Zed (voice)


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 (kchishol@rogers.com)

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From above the world of Cars

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

9 August 2013 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Disney's Planes  »

Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$22,232,291 (USA) (9 August 2013)


$90,282,580 (USA) (13 December 2013)

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1.77 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the French-Canadian version, Rochelle was voiced by figure skater Joannie Rochette. See more »


When skipper is pulled out of the water in the flashback, the hull is clearly that of a nuclear carrier ( note the edge of the runway on the side ), which wouldn't be in service yet during WW2 . See more »


Rochelle: Monsieur El Chu... from rogue to tres romantique...
[rolls off]
El Chupacabra: What does that mean?
Dusty Crophopper: No idea. But, French Canadian is the language of love... in Quebec. So, it's got to be good.
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Crazy Credits

The tower in the Walt Disney castle shines like an airport control tower, with two planes flying above the castle. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: Walking with Dinosaurs (2013) See more »


Music and Lyrics by John Fields and Jon Stevens
Performed by Jon Stevens of The Dead Daisies
Produced by John Fields and Jon Stevens
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User Reviews

Just a shameful way for Disney to sell more toys and kids' clothes!
13 November 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

'PLANES': Two Stars (Out of Five)

Spin-off of Pixar's 'CARS' films produced by DisneyToon Studios (without Pixar's involvement). It's the first of a 'PLANES' trilogy and follows the adventures of a cropduster plane who follows his dreams of becoming a racer and competes in the 'Wings Across the World' race (despite his fear of heights). The film was executive produced and co-written (with Klay Hall and Jeffrey M. Howard) by John Lasseter (who directed the 'CARS' films and is Pixar's chief creative officer). Hall also directed the film (his previous directing experience is in TV animation mostly). The movie was originally intended as a direct-to-video release (like most DisneyToon films) but Disney was so impressed with the end results that they decided to release it theatrically instead. It plays more like a direct-to-video movie (or even an animated TV release).

Dane Cook stars as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, a cropduster plane who's afraid of heights but has always dreamed of being a race plane. Brad Garrett and Terri Hatcher voice his buddies, Chug (a fuel truck) and Dottie (a forklift mechanic), who help him on his adventure. Stacy Keach plays the voice of an old navy war plane, named Skipper Riley, who teaches Dusty how to race. Roger Craig Smith plays the voice of Dusty's rival, Ripslinger, (as well as other voices). Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Priyanka Chopra, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Sinbad, Val Kilmer, Anthony Edwards and many others also voice characters in the film.

There's pretty much nothing to the movie at all (unlike 'CARS' and other Pixar films). It's just a shameful way for Disney to sell more toys and kids' clothes; so it's no surprise that they're planning to build a trilogy out of the concept. Hopefully the next two installments will go direct-to-video where they belong. I just saw another animated kids' movie (at about the same time) with a similar underdog race story, called 'TURBO', that is so much better made and has a lot more to offer kids and adults alike. You should rent it instead.

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