Not a Pixar production directly, but with input from creative genius John Lasseter and backed by the Walt Disney studio, this takes the world seen in ‘Cars’ and takes the action into the skies with a wonderfully bright and frantically fun adventure. It’s the usual Disney under-dog story of someone wanting to be better, to escape a mundane life and be something bigger and better, and this time it’s likeable hero Dusty, voiced by Dane Cook, who always comes across really eager and passionate and never annoying or spoilt. A bright orange and white crop-dusting plane, he’s easy to root for as our hero and has plenty of moments to shine.
The voice cast do a great job of bringing their planes, trucks and forklifts to life in an array of eye-catching colours and comical situations. It’s very easy on the eye, very bright and engaging and very warm at heart. Special mention also to Val Kilmer as Bravo, an F/A 18-E Hornet in a homage to his Iceman role from ‘Top Gun’.
One of the great aspects to this tale is the visually exciting flying sequences. With inspired camera uses fixed to the planes themselves and covering all angles, the characters rise, fall, soar and dive over, under and past the camera, shaking and growling as they swoop across the sky. It really is brilliant to watch, great fun and the locations ranging from dangerous seas, bustling cities and snowy mountains all come to life and look exceptional, full of detail and atmosphere.
This is one of the more enjoyable Disney films to come out of their production line, I am not sure why, because with the likes of ‘Cars 2’ and even ‘Frozen’, they come out catering to a variety of tastes few and far between, but this probably hits the young boy in me, the thrill of racing and flying high in the sky effortlessly at breakneck speeds. It’s a strong story of triumphing against all the odds, and thanks to the likeable characters, the visually striking designs, touching story and usually witty humour, this really deserves more praise than it got at first from critics and is a very fun way to spend 90 minutes.