Disney’s Planes: Fire & Rescue Movie Review

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Walt Disney Pictures sequel Planes: Fire & Rescue will be out in theatres on July 18, 2014.  Disney Toon Pictures provided the media with a preview of the movie recently during their media press event.   As a fan of Dusty I was excited to see where they would take his character.   The movie starts with Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook), who is now famous and at the top of his game as a world famous racer.   Dusty is not equipped to race and ends up with engine trouble and the probability that he will never race again.   Dusty and his crew, Skipper Riley (Stacey Keach), Sparky the forklift (Danny Mann) along with fellow forklifts, Dottie (Teri Hatcher and Maru (Curtis Armstrong) try to come up with a plan to fix his engine but because of his age, the parts are not available.   On top of his engine trouble, there are other troubles brewing in PropWash Junction especially for old fire engine, Mayday (Hal Holbrook) .  Dusty decides to help MayDay out and sets out to Piston Peak National Park to train with Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) the Fire and Rescue Helicopter and his crew and become a fire fighter. Blade’s team includes Super Scooper -Lil’ Dipper (Julie Bowen), Windlifter (Wes Studi) who is a heavy-lift helicopter, Cabbie (Dale Dye) who is an ex-military transport plane who are the air attack team.  The smokejumpers – which are the all-terrain vehicles include Dynamite (Regina King), Pinecone (Corri English), Avalanche (Bryan Callen), Blackout (Danny Pardo) and Drip (Matt Jones) and provide lots of comic relief even in the middle of fighting fires and jumping out of planes.     Also included in the movie are real life married couple (Jerry Stiller & Anne Meara) Harvie and Winnie as husband and wife RVs, Ol’ Jammer the tour bus (Barry Corbin), Helicopter Police Officer – Nick Loop n Lopez (Erik Estrada), Biplane “Leadbottom” (Cedric the Entertainer), and the beautiful luxury SUV “Cad Spinner (John Michael Higgins) along with Pulaski (Patrick Warburton) who is a structural firefighting truck and Ryker (Kevin Michael Richardson) a transportation management safety truck,  Secretary of the Interior Jeep (Fred Willard) and a special appearance by Brad Paisley as Bubba the pick up truck round out the cast.

Dusty starts his training with Blade and the crew, but can’t seem to pass any of his tests, due to his know it all attitude.  One night at a party, Dusty learns a bit about Blade and his crew of second chancers.  But just as Dusty is starting to take things more serious, a lightening storm sets off fires in the park and it is up to Dusty, Blade and the crew to fight them together.   During a fill up, Blade comes to Dusty’s rescue and ends up “injured” resulting in Dusty and Blade spending the night in a cave where Blade realizes that Dusty is more than just a cocky kid.    Meanwhile the fires continue raging out of control and there is water shortage thanks to the movie’s villian, Fusel Lodge’s manager, Cad Spinner who has redirected the water supply to the Lodge.  This results in the need to evacuate the park and has Dusty going the extra mile to save his friends.   However, his engine trouble causes him to crash land.     Of course as with all Disney movies, there is a happy ending and everything works out for all.

I love how Disney always has something new to grab at our heart strings and Planes:  Fire & Rescue is no exception.   This story of second chances and new beginnings will hit home for every single person.  Who has not had to start all over in life.  Planes: Fire & Rescue not only show us how possible it is, but gives up hope that our second chances will be even better.

Don’t miss Disney’s Planes:  Fire & Rescue in theatres July 18th.

My name is Loretta Garcia and I am the Entertainment Writer for Chip and Co.  Follow me on Facebook for promotions and news updates.


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