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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Planes didn't sound amazing when I first heard of it (everyone suggested it was merely a clone of "Cars") and they were pretty close to the mark. Problem was Cars wasn't bad, but it was far from the best Pixar had offered up animation wise (in fact most feel it's one of their weaker products esp with Toy Story standing out as one of their best)

Despite the fact Pixar is now owned by Disney, this production is made by "DisneyToon Studios" which is a different group of people.
Story wise it's very predictable (and honestly not as good as Cars) it just feels like a lower level re-run of that production. The animation is reasonably decent, though it doesn't have the polish and shine one would expect from a Pixar production. Honestly the humour and fun isn't really here either (it's not really funny, bar a few moments)

Cast wise, a bit of a mixed bag I'm not crazy about Dane Cook (Dusty Crophopper) though there are a few well known people such as Teri Hatcher (Dottie), Val Kilmer (Bravo) but Danny Mann (Sparky) is an experienced voice over actor and he's done voices for many animations. Not quite the top tier voice acting I'd have hoped for, and it's hard to attach to many of the characters in the film (not really much variation in appearance unlike Cars) The biggest issue is you've just seen it all before, and in stronger films so this will probably not go down well with adult film viewers (I got bored quite quickly)

It's an ok way to kill and hour and a half and kids aged 5-8 will probably like it. Older ones might find it a bit thin and nowhere near as funny as one would have hoped. My Son watched it and thought it was "ok" but no more than that. I'm going on his rating here hence the 3 stars. Worth a look if you are desperate for more animation films to add to your collection, but there are many more that should be far higher up your buy list.
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I never feel compelled to watch all the direct to video movies from companies I like. After all, there’s usually a reason these movies didn’t hit theaters. Yes, I’ll occasionally miss a gem, but that is rare.

Which brings us to Planes. Released by Disney without Pixar’s involvement (although John Lasseter, creator of Cars was heavily involved in his role as head of Disney studios), it was originally designed to be a direct to video film in the world of Pixar’s Cars but introducing new characters. However, somewhere along the line they decided to release it to theaters first. I never quite caught it while in theaters, but I did get it on Blu-Ray. Turns out I wasn’t missing much.

Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook) is a crop duster, a plane that flies back and forth in straight lines all day long. But he longs for something more – racing. As soon as he gets off work, he starts to practice with the help of his friend Chug (Brad Garrett), a truck that is reading Flying for Dummies to help Dusty out.

His ultimate dream is to fly in the Wings Around the World race, and when he surprisingly gets his chance, he’s thrilled. But can he keep up with his competition? Will his fear of heights be an issue? And what about the other planes who want to see him fail?

The animation in this movie is beautiful. It’s almost enough to make me wish I’d seen it in the theater. Over the course of the movie, we travel all around the world, and the stuff we fly by is just wonderful to look at.

Unfortunately, the story isn’t as good as the animation. It is fairly predictable. Now I don’t mind that as much, however, I never fully got involved in the story. Instead, I just sat back and waited for the next event to unfold.

For that, I blame the characters. There are just too many planes in the movie, and there are several sub-plots involving these secondary characters. The result is that nothing and no one is given quite enough time to develop. I think I would have enjoyed it more if I had gotten to know Dusty and one of two others better. The secondary character plots could have been dropped, especially the romance, and I would have been fine.

Now that isn’t to say I didn’t have fun. The romance I just mentioned provided a very funny scene. There are some great jokes along the way, and a couple of times, I was pulled into an action sequence or two that were pretty suspenseful.

And this isn’t the fault of the voice cast at all. In addition to the others I’ve already mentioned, we’ve got the likes of Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, Cedric the Entertainer, Sinbad, and Val Kilmer. Everyone does a great job of bring their characters to life, and honestly, if you don’t know who is playing the voices, you don’t hear it at all. And yes, for those of you keeping track, John Ratzenberger does have a blink and you miss him cameo.

In the end, I think Planes will appeal more to kids than adults, and they will love it. Me? I enjoyed parts of it, but I don’t see myself pulling this one out all that frequently.
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Planes is a mildly entertaining adventure set within the world of Cars. It is a curious venture for Pixar, firstly to make something dominantly based for the straight to DVD market and secondly to make something that doesn't carry the same humour as most of its other output or the depth in characters.
It may be because the whole concept of Cars was a difficult one to sell to adults. The characters were never as cute and cuddly as the likes of Toy Story or Bugs Life etc but the appeal to kids is plain to see. Shiny bright cars with big smily faces zooming all over the place is a captivating idea of anyone smaller than your kneecap. However it doesn't quite feel like it transfers as well to Planes.

The characters themselves are lazily drawn. They same old cliches are trotted out and this is basically a re-run of Cars' storyline just set within the world of flying rather than driving. Even the lead character Rusty sounds similar to Lightening and is certainly not as likeable. However for all the flaws this film has there are some positives which help keep this a little entertaining.

The flying sequences are superbly animated and just about thrilling enough for you to wish for more. The animation throughout is typically top notch and the running time is perfectly comfortable for the small attention spans watching.

In the great scheme of things Cars was never Pixars crowning jewel although a superior sequel went some way to address the originals flaws, so maybe Planes 2 can do the same. From an adults point of view the film felt a little cynical, but I can already hear an outcry of outrage from the under 8 community!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 17 September 2014
After seeing Cars, I wasn't sure who this film was going pan out. I know this film and also Cars had some bad reviews when released in cinema's. Now I liked Cars, and this film........ I was not disappointed. At some point I completely forgot they were planes, but characters. The story is a bit slow at first, but then it gets interesting. Some nail biting moments, and, at one point, I was rooting for the underdog, " that's Dusty Crophopper by the way." A good film for kids, and for people who are still young at heart.
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17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on 8 November 2013
I have been to see this 3 times at the cinema with my 5 yr old she loves it so much. She even did a very exciting "show and tell" on it the parents of her classmates tell me as they persuaded their parents take them. Not as many adult jokes as in some Disney films but enough. Bulldog saying "I don't cry I'm British" had everyone in the cinema laughing. She is desperately awaiting DVD release.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Top film, but pointless 3D, don't get me wrong you get great 3D depth, but a film about planes you would expect things to pop out of your screen. This is a very good film which should bee seen in 2D, its ten times better.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on 20 November 2013
Yes this film is basically the same as cars but with planes... I don't think it would take a genius to work that out, but its a children's film and both of my sons aged 2 & 4 love it and will be receiving diecast planes for Christmas.
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on 28 February 2015
If you like disney's cars or cars 2 or simply like cartoon airplanes, this one is for you. I wondered if Disney were going to make a film about planes but this one has succeeded beyond my expectations. There are also some good voices from familiar actors in this one, including two from the classical 1980s film Top Gun. I was absolutely surprised and delighted that they decided to provide their voices in this animated movie. There is also
some laughter as well, which is typical for all Disney animated film and that is why I liked them so much especially this movie.
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on 27 February 2015
what's not to like I mean pixar are doing a good job with there 3d animated movies and since I'm a fish in water when it comes to looking at how they make the movies and also watch it for what it is I can only say that it is a good created movie and :-) if your crazy about the cars movies and other pixar movies it's worth a peek :-) and yeah yeah yeah I know it's Disney who owns Pixar but what can I say I still look at Pixar as one stand alone company from when they were a company by themself :-)
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on 1 February 2015
A cliched copy of "Cars" - there are lots of amusing (not funny) side jokes and visual goodies but so predictable (but most films are anyway) as to lessen the enjoyment, but it fills 90 minutes or so.
Good production and animation though and does it really matter who does the voices? Why use well-known actors/actresses when there must be talented easy-listening voice-over people available? A minor gripe I know but that seems to be the theme of other reviewers here
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