|2013||91 Min||Family . Comedy . Animation . Adventure|
Dusty is a cropdusting plane who dreams of competing in a famous aerial race. The problem? He is hopelessly afraid of heights. With the support of his mentor Skipper and a host of new friends, Dusty sets off to make his dreams come true.
|Actors:||Dane Cook , Carlos Alazraqui , Val Kilmer , Julia Louis-Dreyfus , Brad Garrett , Teri Hatcher , John Cleese , Anthony Edwards , Sinbad , Priyanka Chopra , Stacy Keach|
What Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit.
When Planes really takes flight, it can be boldly transporting. Other times, though, it feels like it's running low on jet fuel, full of limp characterizations and questionable set pieces.
Planes has some wonderfully goofy, even ineffable, touches.
Often less really is more, and that’s why I can recommend Planes, a charmingly modest low-budget spin-off from Pixar’s “Cars’’ that provides more thrills and laughs for young children and their parents than many of its more elaborate brethren.
There’s nothing groundbreaking about the animation or script. That said, the characters and story still offer low-key charms.
For a movie about planes, a lot happens on the ground — those refueling stops can take forever. But the animators take advantage of the power of flight, packing the action sequences with daredevil runs. But it's a race, and a kind of sameness occasionally sets in.
Director Klay Hall's embraceable, overachieving romp plays nicely as a big-screen feature.
Planes moves along quickly at a running time of 92 minutes, occasionally taking flight with some pretty nifty flight sequences. The animation is first-rate, and the Corningware colors are soothing eye candy.
Planes modestly succeeds. Very modestly.
Essentially Cars in midair.
Airplane buffs are going to have a particularly good time; each of the planes seems to have an obscure real-life counterpart. And pop-culture junkies will appreciate a few sly nods as well.
Elementary school-age boys may well be delighted, but it offers not a scintilla of stimulation for anyone else.
Planes has practically no visual distinction, it's a complete knockoff, but I think it'll get by with the kids.
While visually engaging, this production of Disneytoon Studios -- it was originally slated to go direct-to-DVD -- lacks the sort of character depth and dramatic scope normally associated with the Pixar brand.
A visually colorful but otherwise vanilla continuation of the series.
DisneyToon Studios have borrowed so much from Pixar here, and yet they seem to have learned almost nothing.
A Pixney misfire.
The characters may soar, but viewers’ spirits stay grounded.
Little ones will love the bright action scenes, but the lack of wit and humanity that makes exec producer John Lasseter’s best work so special will leave grown-ups feeling frustratingly grounded.
Planes is for the most part content to imitate rather than innovate, presumably hoping to reap a respectable fraction of the box office numbers of “Cars” and “Cars 2,” which together made hundreds of millions of dollars (not to mention the ubiquitous product tie-ins).
On just about every other level other than visuals, Planes is dry, dry, dry. There's no verbal wit, no standout vocal performances.
Planes was originally scheduled to be released straight to video. Although the smallest children might like bits and pieces of it, there’s nothing in the movie that suggests why Disney strayed from its original plan.
It’s a pleasant enough expression of a series of familiar story beats, but apart from a few brief action-sequence moments, it could hardly be more rote or vanilla.
Diverting in bits and pieces, but absent the heart, soul and ingenuity one associates with the best of Disney animation, the endlessly merchandisable picture could very well soar at the box office, but it won’t stick the landing where word of mouth is concerned.
Planes looks, sounds and feels like a direct-to-video project, which in an earlier age when people still bought DVDs it would have been. In theaters, it’s nothing more than a laughless 90 minute commercial for toys available at a retailer near you.
Perhaps one of the two already-in-the-works Planes sequels will crack one of these unholy machines open. That’d be about the only reason to return to this nose-diving franchise.
Despite gorgeous visuals from an army of Disney animators, the film is one of the weakest the studio has produced in years and deserved a bargain-bin DVD release.
The animated film has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing.
The film feels second-rate in every sense, from the quality of its animation to its C-list voice cast.
Little ones will stay engaged, but any kid old enough to fly unaccompanied will probably search for other in-flight entertainment.
What a clunker.
Can a plane jump a shark when it's already in the air? To Disney, that question is moot. It's so certain that Planes will make a mint in toys, if not in theaters, that it's already slated a sequel for next summer.
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