Planes FeaturedWritten by Jon Patch
Walt Disney Pictures, Disney Toon Studios and Prana Animation Studios present a 92 minute, PG, 3D, animation, adventure, comedy, directed by Klay Hall and screenplay by Jeffrey M. Howard with a theater release date of August 9, 2013.
Have you ever day dreamed in your life? Thought of being somewhere or doing something in your life that you’ve always wanted to do or achieve but just thought you were incapable of fulfilling that wish! Well Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook) is that dreamer and rather than be a crop duster for the rest of his life in Prop Wash Junction he dreams of racing in the world’s biggest aerial race across the world. Twenty one planes from all over the world compete to win the coveted race that has been dominated by Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith).
Dusty has a group of friends back in Prop Wash Junction that believe with hesitation that he could compete, Chug (voice of Brad Garrett) the gas truck, Dottie (voice of Teri Hatcher) the mechanic, and Skipper (voice of Stacy Keach) the old war hero that has never flown since his last military mission. When Dusty travels to Lincoln Nebraska for his try out for the competition he doesn’t make it right away but due to some illegal substances used in the racing industry one plane gets disqualified and Dusty breezes into the competition to race across the world. One major concern for Dusty is not quite that he’s a crop plane but rather that he is deathly afraid of heights.
Once at the starting line of the competition Dusty begins to meet friends, foes and just overall competitors out for the same prize, to win. Rochelle (voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus) the pink bomb shell from Canada, Bulldog (voice of John Cleese) the British crier, El Cupacabra (voice of Carlos Alazraqui) with eyes for Rochelle, Ishani (voice of Priyanka Chopra) the one that Dusty has eyes for and many other planes and automobiles along the way. From New York to Iceland, Iceland to Germany, Germany to India, India to Nepal, Nepal to China, and a long ocean voyage that doesn’t go too well for Dusty from China to the finish line his strength and persistence along with his trust and belief in others is tested. In the end Dusty rides the tail winds in the sky as he follows his dreams in becoming a racer to the finish line in New York.
The film is nicely directed with some brilliant use of 3D throughout along with some very phenomenal animation but even though the writing is superb it falls too far on the dramatic line than the comedic side. In the use of animation in films I think most people like to have some funny one liners and moments of levity whereas this film touches on it from time to time it seems to revert back to a very strong dramatic plot. The voices are well done with Cook doing a wonderful job as Dusty along with a number of other talent that supported this film and its characters but in the end I found that the story albeit very good could have been better if they just utilized some of the supporting roles with a more comedic dialogue one that would make the audience laugh. El Chupacabra and his serenade were romantic and cute and the next scene on the starting line was even better but came and went like that of a race car at three hundred miles an hour. Overall a very well written story that is cute and very dramatic but I only wish they had more one liners that filled the vacant voids from start to finish because they definitely had the opportunity to do so but for some reason missed many of them. It’s Disney and animation so I expect it to do well but I don’t think it will compete with several of their other well-known money makers throughout the last several decades. Written and enjoyed with a bit of a sleepy eye at times with three paws out of four by Jon Patch.
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