Review: “Planes: Fire and Rescue” Blu-ray

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When DisneyToons Studios originally announced Planes, it was met with much skepticism, and many felt it was simply a money grab playing off of Cars. You can count me as one of the skeptics, but I was pleasantly surprised by the first Planes film, and the second one in the franchise, is just as good as the original. The movie has a a very specific target audience in mind, and although there are a few jokes that will occasionally entertain parents, the move is clearly directed at their children. It hits that mark perfectly.

PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE

The sequel finds the star of the original film, plane Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook), sidelined from racing because of a faulty gearbox. When there is a huge fire fighter shortage, he decides to lend a helping hand (err, wing?) and trains to become a fire plane. I’m going to mention again that kids are the primary audience. It’s apparent immediately with the number of bodily function jokes that occur. Kids will love them. I’m sure most parents will simply tolerate them. Again, this isn’t necessarily a big knock on the film, it’s just simply the thing many young kids find funny. There are a few moments from the film that parents will pick up on, including my personal favorite, a cameo by Erick Estrada as Nick “Loopin” Lopez of “CHoPs”. It’s clearly a play on his role on “CHiPs,” and if you grew up in the 70’s or 80’s, you’ll enjoy it.

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE

The voiceover cast does a good job with their respective roles. Along with Dane Cook, there are several easily recognizable names including Julie Bowen (“Modern Family”) as Dipper, Ed Harris (“Gravity”) as Blade Ranger, Captain Dale Dye (“Saving Private Ryan”) as Cabbie, Cedric the Entertainer (“Ice Age”) as Leadbottom, Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”) as Chug, Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”) as Dottie, John Michael Higgins (“Pitch Perfect”) as Cad, Hal Holbrook (“Into the Wild”) as Mayday, Stacy Keach (“Planes”) as Skipper, Regina King (“Ray”) as Dynamite, Anne Meara (“Night at the Museum) as Winnie, Jerry Stiller (“The King of Queens”) as
Harvey and Wes Studi (“Avatar”) as Windlifter.

PLANES FIRE & RESCUE

The Bonus Features on the Blu-ray are what you’d expect. There’s a small short about mulch that messes up an air show. There is a really nice informational film about the national forests that the planes protect in the film. It, along with a 5 minute featurette about the actual people that fight forest fires, were the best of the bunch as far as information. The aforementioned “CHoPs” has a “promo” on the disc that I really enjoyed as well.

As I’m coming to expect from DisneyToons, the film is full of excellent looking scenery, and there is a great deal of details in the 3D environments which are based on real world areas such as Hemet, CA. The planes and vehicles in the film all fit nicely and the animation is animation is superb. The film is directed by Paul Gerard and Bobs Gannaway, with Toby Wilson as art director, Jeffery M. Howard as writer. It was produced by Ferrell Barron with John Lasseter serving as executive producer. The bottom line is that, if you have children, Planes: Fire & Rescue would be another great addition to your collection.


Release Date: November 4, 2014

Bonus Features:

  • Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD/SD & Disney Movies Anywhere
  • Exclusive Animated Short – “Vitaminamulch: Air Spectacular”
  • “Welcome to Piston Peak! – This mock-umentary promotional piece shows off all the highlights of the acclaimed Piston Peak National Park and its aerial firefighting team.
  • “CHoPs” TV Promo – An in-world TV promo with announce.
  • Air Attack: Firefighters From The Sky – This high-energy, music-driven behind-the-scenes piece takes an inside look at the real smoke jumpers and firefighters who attack wildfires from the air as Director Roberts Gannaway and Producer Ferrell Barron take us through their journey in making the film.
  • Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”

Deleted Scenes with Filmmaker Introductions:

  • “Honkers”
  • “Dusty’s Dream No More”
  • Animated Shorts:
  • “Dipper”
  • “Smokejumpers”

*Digital bonus offerings will vary per retailer

DVD

  • Spencer Lee Music Video “Still I Fly”

Exclusive DMA Discover Content:

  • Animated Shorts:
  • “Blade Ranger”
  • “Piston Peak”

Disc Specifications:

Feature Run Time: Approximately 83 minutes

Rating: Feature Film: “PG” in U.S.; “G” in Canada (CE + CF)
Additional Bonus Features Not Rated

Aspect Ratio: Blu-ray Feature Film = 2.39:1
DVD = 2.39:1

Audio: Blu-ray Feature Film = English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby
DVD = English, Spanish, & French 5.1 Dolby Digital, English DVS 2.0 Dolby
Languages/Subtitles: English, Spanish, & French

Disclosure: We received a complimentary copy of this movie. All opinions are our own.

Bryan Moore

Bryan is a theme park and coaster enthusiast. He enjoys spending time at his favorite parks in Central Florida: Walt Disney World and Universal Studios. In addition to theme parks, Bryan enjoys movies and gaming.

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