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Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

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When Dusty learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he joins a forest fire and rescue unit to be trained as a firefighter, or else his air strip will be shut down.


Roberts Gannaway (as Bobs Gannaway)


Roberts Gannaway (story and screenplay by) (as Bobs Gannaway), Jeffrey M. Howard (story and screenplay by)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Dane Cook ... Dusty Crophopper (voice)
Ed Harris ... Blade Ranger (voice)
Julie Bowen ... Lil' Dipper (voice)
Curtis Armstrong ... Maru (voice)
John Michael Higgins ... Cad (voice)
Hal Holbrook ... Mayday (voice)
Wes Studi ... Windlifter (voice)
Brad Garrett ... Chug (voice)
Teri Hatcher ... Dottie (voice)
Stacy Keach ... Skipper (voice)
Cedric the Entertainer ... Leadbottom (voice)
Danny Mann ... Sparky (voice)
Barry Corbin ... Ol' Jammer (voice)
Regina King ... Dynamite (voice)
Anne Meara ... Winnie (voice)


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 Walt Disney

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


When others fly out, heroes fly in.

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG for action and some peril | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

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Did You Know?


Cedric the Entertainer's sixth theatrically released animated film after Ice Age (2002), Madagascar (2005), Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa (2008), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), and Planes (2013). See more »


Near the end of the film when Dusty's engine seizes due to being redlined, various cockpit instruments and warning lights are shown. During this sequence, a number of gauges are shown failing, including the oil pressure dropping, however, the engine rpm gauge can clearly be seen still at maximum even though the engine has stopped. See more »


Pickup truck in bar: Hey sugar rims, you fall out of a B-17? 'cause you're da bomb.
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Crazy Credits

Asides form production logos and the title there are no opening credits. See more »


Referenced in AniMat's Reviews: How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014) See more »


Written by Angus Young and Malcolm Young
Performed by AC/DC
Courtesy of Columbia Records
By Arrangement with Sony Music Licensing
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User Reviews

More of the same, with a smaller story
1 January 2016 | by infoalwaysacriticSee all my reviews

Presenting itself as an episode, and not a sequel was key for Disney - Pixar in releasing Fire and Rescue. The subject, by all appearances in the trailer, sounded more like a children's TV show than a hour plus experience. As such, expectations of viewers are adequately set low for this pseudo sequel. Following the old adage, promise low, deliver high, Planes Fire and Rescue does just that; it promised little, and delivered more, showing that they may have learned from the lackluster cars 2.

The key here is that they delivered more, not to be confused with being great, and with sober expectations, can be enjoyed for what it is; a warm and fuzzy story for kids that is relatively content safe and funny. Strengths include revisiting a consistent portrayal of their source material, which is growing expansive. As such there are nods, often irreverently funny, to some of the recognizable entities in their other films. Rusteeze medicated bumper ointment and Dusty's former employer's pungent fertilizer make a return, one even justifying a short film on the Blueray/DVD release.

When looking at the plot itself, the writers come harrowingly close to undermining the basic point of the first film. By the end of the movie, they have corrected the deviation, though only by resolving things through the most obvious of manners. This resolution was so glaringly obvious that my own small children complained they could see it coming, though this shouldn't detract from the journey of getting to the end, which is a visual spectacle. They may have gone a little overboard on the fire, but the concern for Dusty is the anchor that keeps you engaged throughout the film.

With a significantly smaller story, and an ever ready abundance of new characters, this movie is sure to delight the small child audience for which it is intended, though sacrificing the depth of the original. Parents should know that there is more innuendo in this film, and like the original also contains several stereotypes that may offend. These include an native Indian helicopter and an inappropriately behaved fan who is present through most of the film.

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Release Date:

18 July 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Planes 2: Fire & Rescue See more »


Box Office


$50,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$17,509,407, 20 July 2014

Gross USA:


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Technical Specs




Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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