Friday, 31 October 2014

Blu-ray Review - Planes: Fire & Rescue

Planes: Fire & Rescue
Director: Roberts Gannaway
Voice Cast: Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris,Wes Studi, Dale Dye
Studio: Walt Disney Home Entertainment
Release Date: November 4, 2014
Retail: $39.99
Runing Time: 84 minutes
Rating: PG
Buy Link: Amazon


Arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD on Tuesday November 4, 2014 is the high-flying Disney animated adventure Planes: Fire & Rescue. Bonus Features include Exclusive Animated Short "Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular," Welcome To Piston Peak!, "CHoPs" TV Promo, Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky, Deleted Scenes With Filmmaker Intros, Animated Shorts "Honkers" & "Dusty Dream No More" and "Still I Fly" Music Video By Spencer Lee.

Planes: Fire & Rescue is set in the wild world of Pixar's Cars and is a sequel to last year's Planes. The film is directed by Roberts Gannaway and uses the voice talents of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Danny Mann, Teri Hatcher, Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Wes StudiStudi and Dale Dye.

The sequel centers on the crop-duster turned racer, Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dana Cook), who's racing career comes to a complete haul when his gearbox malfunctions. To make matters even worse, this style of gearbox is out-of-production, so Dusty must quit being a racer.

After an accident causes a fire at the Propwash Junction, a government inspector plans on shutting the airport down due to the lack of firefighting personnel. This is when Dusty decides to get certified as a firefighter, so the airport can be reopen. He travels to Piston Peak and is given two pontoons. He must undergo training before he can become certified. After several spot fires occur, Dusty must prove to himself that he can be a hero.

Though I enjoy most Disney and Pixar films, Cars & Cars 2 are my least favorites. The Planes spin-off is made by DisneyToon Studios with no involvement from Pixar. I've only seen a few minutes of Planes on Starz and I wasn't too impressed by it. However, I still gave a Planes: Fire & Rescue a chance when I watched the Blu-ray yesterday morning. The computer-animation is topnotch, especially with the fire scenes. The plot is heavily cliched, borrowing too much from the Little Engine That Could story. This is no Toy Story, but there are a few jokes and unique characters that will keep your interest for the most part. Overall, Planes: Fire & Rescue will definitely entertaining younger viewers and there is enough action throughout to entertain adults as well.

*Disclaimer - I received a complimentary copy in exchange for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

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