Planes 2: Fire And Rescue

(2014)
Planes 2: Fire And Rescue

Voices by Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong. (U)

 

 

Cute animated airplane Dusty Crophopper (Cook) is back in this follow-up to 2013's Planes (itself a lower budget spin-off of Pixar's movie Cars). This time around, the former crop duster turned racing plane finds he can no longer race due to a damaged engine, so instead he heads up to the mountains to train as an aerial firefighter under the tutelage of gruff Blade Ranger (Harris).

 

The plot is pretty straightforward – Dusty has to learn to work as part of a team, understand what it means to be a hero, and fight a dramatic wildfire that is threatening an exclusive mountain resort – but what sets this apart from the first Planes is the impressive animated fire effects and scenery that serve as a backdrop. And while the first film was just a retread of Cars (without so arrogant a central character, thankfully), this is much more of a fun adventure with likeable characters, nice sight-gags and a fast-paced little story that will engage younger viewers.

 

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SCARY MOMENTS:

While Dusty and his pals fight major fires, younger viewers won't ever really worry that the planes are in danger.

Planes 2: Fire And Rescue
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