Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

Directed by Roberts Gannaway. Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Danny Mann, Julie Bowen, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Curtis Armstrong, Ed Harris, Wes Studi. Disney.

Decent Films Ratings

Entertainment Value
Value (+4/-4)
? -1
?Kids & Up

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Content advisory: Some animated action and peril; a fair bit of rude humor, double entendres and the like. For instance, a visit to a “Honkers” (Hooters). Why?

From a National Catholic Register review

By Steven D. Greydanus

“It’s better than new!” a mechanically inclined character in Planes: Fire & Rescue says over and over, until it becomes the movie’s catchphrase.

Friends, it isn’t.

With this sequel to last summer’s spin-off from the franchise that descended from Pixar’s Cars, the World of Cars has left behind not only stock cars, the open road, specific real-world settings and Larry the Cable Guy, but racing itself. Practically nothing is left of John Lasseter’s original vision, except those blasted windshield eyeballs. In this melancholy year without Pixar, it’s worse than no reminder at all.

Like Planes last summer, Planes: Fire & Rescue is from DisneyToon Studios, which specializes in small-screen fare. Planes was originally planned to go straight to home video, but it impressed Disney execs enough to score a theatrical release. Now, Fire & Rescue is on the big screen because of how Planes impressed Disney execs. Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) may be the luckiest spin-off protagonist in Hollywood animation history.

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Tags: Debilitating Sequelitis, Disney Animation, Disney: Lasseter-era Disney, World of Cars, Family

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