Star race car Lightning McQueen and his pal Mater head overseas to compete in the World Grand Prix race. But the road to the championship becomes rocky as Mater gets caught up in an intriguing adventure of his own: international espionage.
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It's a jungle out there for Blu, Jewel and their three kids after they're hurtled from Rio de Janeiro to the wilds of the Amazon. As Blu tries to fit in, he goes beak-to-beak with the vengeful Nigel, and meets his father-in-law.
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. Written by
The Piston Peak fire truck character 'Pulaski' is named after a fire fighting hand tool of the same name. It is part axe and part hoe and named after its inventor Ed Pulaski. See more »
When Windlifter is carrying the injured Blade Ranger back to the base, his tank module is still attached. The S-64 Skycrane's winch is mounted mid-fuselage and would not have been usable unless he dropped the tank before taking off. See more »
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I haven't seen Planes as of writing this review. I understand it might be foolish of me to skip the first movie because the plot is just so complex (he he), but I happened to cross paths with it and watched it. I was expecting a terrible Cars ripoff like many reviews described the first movie and while I got a mediocre animated movie, I did get some genuine entertainment in it.
Good: I have to start by saying Dane Cook was not annoying here. He wasn't shouting and being smug, but his voice-over work actually brought some credibility to the story and made his character likable. The other characters that make up the firefighters were fun in parts. I was caught off guard how the fire sequences were handled well and brought some excitement to the movie with some scenes looking like something out of a disaster movie.
Bad: I can't shake off how it resembles Cars that it hurts the movie a lot. I know it takes place in the same universe, but it really is very similar. The jokes almost never work as they consist of just car puns that fall flat. The beginning of the movie just drags with these jokes.
Overall, it lacks anything resembling originality and the humor never works for most of it, but there is some excitement to be had here in the second half.
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