Planes: Fire & Rescue
|Planes: Fire & Rescue|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Roberts Gannaway|
|Produced by||Ferrell Barron|
|Screenplay by||Jeffrey M. Howard|
|Music by||Mark Mancina|
|Edited by||Jeremy Milton|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Running time||84 minutes|
Planes: Fire & Rescue is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film. It is a sequel to the 2013 film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise. Produced by DisneyToon Studios, it was theatrically released by Walt Disney Pictures on July 18, 2014. Dane Cook reprised his role of plane Dusty Crophopper, with Julie Bowen voicing Lil' Dipper.
Since winning the Wings Around the Globe race, Dusty Crophopper has a successful career as a racer. Unfortunately, his engine's gearbox becomes damaged. To make things worse, it is out of production, so he may never race again. Frustrated with mechanic Dottie's newly installed warning light to keep his engine performance low to prevent further damage, Dusty goes on a defiant flight testing his limits. Unfortunately in doing so, he has a hard landing with engine trouble at Propwash Junction's airport, causing a fire.
Although the residents put out the fire with some difficulty, the accident leads to a government inspector closing the airport due to inadequate firefighting personnel. Aggrieved at his carelessness, Dusty offers to undergo training to be certified as a firefighter to meet the necessary regulations to reopen the airport. To that end, Dusty travels to Piston Peak National Park where he meets a fire and rescue crew under the command of a helicopter named Blade Ranger. The leader of an efficient unit, Blade is initially unimpressed by the small newcomer and Dusty's training proves to be a difficult challenge.
During training, Dusty learns that Blade was formerly an actor who played a police helicopter on the TV series, CHoPs. Later, Dusty is devastated by a call from his friends at Propwash Junction noting that all attempts at a replacement gearbox have failed and his racing career is over.
Depressed, Dusty's education falters to Blade's frustration and things come to a head when makes a forced landing into a river during a fire dispatch and swept through the rapids with Blade trying to extract him. Eventually, the pair make it to land, and Dusty confesses his physical disability, to which Blade advises Dusty not to give up. They must take shelter in an abandoned mine during a fire. The situation is complicated in that Blade himself is damaged from protecting Dusty in the fire is and temporarily grounded for repairs. While Blade is recuperating, Dusty learns that Blade's co-star from CHoPs was killed during a stunt gone wrong on set that Blade was helpless to stop, so he decided to become a firefighter for real.
Unfortunately, a massive forest fire breaks out due to a major opening of a local lodge and the manager, Cad Spinner, selfishly diverts all the water supply to prevent his lodge from burning and preventing the firefighters from loading fire retardant for their own duties. With only their pre-existing tank loads, the firefighters manage to help the evacuees escape the fire while Dusty is alerted that two elderly campers are trapped on a burning bridge deep in the fire zone. He races to the scene and is forced to push his engines to the maximum to reload his water tanks by going into a vertical climb up a nearby waterfall to do a necessary water drop to save the campers. In the meantime, Blade shows up and assists the campers. Dusty is successful in dropping water and extinguishes the fire, but his overstressed gearbox fails completely and he crashes.
Unconscious, Dusty is airlifted back to base where he wakes up days later to learn that not only has his structure been fully repaired, but the base mechanic has built a superior custom refurbished gearbox for his engine to allow full performance again. Impressed at Dusty's skill and heroism, Blade certifies him a firefighter. Propwash Junction is reopened with Dusty assuming his duty as a firefighter, celebrated with an aerial show with his new colleagues from Piston Peak.
During the end credits, it is shown that Cad's misconduct resulted in him being demoted and reassigned as a Death Valley park ranger.
- Dane Cook as Dusty Crophopper. He was inspired by the Air Tractor AT-502, Cessna and the PZL-Mielec M-18 Dromader.
- Stacy Keach as Skipper Riley, a Chance-Vought F4U Corsair and Dusty's mentor.
- Danny Mann as Sparky, a forklift.
- Julie Bowen as Lil' Dipper, a Super Scooper
- Brad Garrett as Chug, a fuel truck.
- Teri Hatcher as Dottie, a forklift.
- Curtis Armstrong as Maru, a forklift
- Ed Harris as Blade Ranger, a veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter inspired by the AgustaWestland AW109, AgustaWestland AW139 and Bell 429 GlobalRanger
- Wes Studi as Windlifter, a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane heavy-lift helicopter
- Dale Dye as Cabbie, a Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar retired from military service
- Regina King as Dynamite, a member of The Smokejumpers
- Corri English as Pinecone, a member of The Smokejumpers
- Bryan Callen as Avalanche, a member of The Smokejumpers 
- Danny Pardo as Blackout, a member of The Smokejumpers
- Matt Jones as Drip, a member of The Smokejumpers
- Fred Willard as Secretary of the Interior
- Jerry Stiller as Harvey, an RV
- Cedric the Entertainer as Leadbottom, a Biplane.
- Anne Meara as Winnie, an RV
- Erik Estrada as Nick "Loop'n" Lopez, a helicopter police officer
- John Michael Higgins as Cad Spinner, a luxury sport utility vehicle
- Barry Corbin as Ol' Jammer, a tour bus
- Hal Holbrook as Mayday, an old fire and rescue truck from Propwash Junction
- Kevin Michael Richardson as Ryker, a transportation management safety truck
- Patrick Warburton as Pulaski, a structural firefighting fire truck
- Brad Paisley as Bubba, a Pickup truck
According to director/co-writer Roberts "Bobs" Gannaway, "The first film [directed by Klay Hall] was a race film. I wanted to look at a different genre, in this case, an action-disaster film." Production on Planes: Fire & Rescue began six months after the start of the previous film. "We’ve been working on this film for nearly four years." The filmmakers researched the world of air-attack teams and smokejumpers by working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, and sent a crew to the US Forest Services' annual training exercises for smokejumpers. Gannaway explained "We actually hooked cameras onto their helmets and had them drop out of the airplane so we could catch it on film." Nearly a year of research was done before the filmmakers started work on the story. The idea of Dusty becoming a fire and rescue plane was based on reality. Gannaway stated that during their research they discovered that in 1955 cropdusters were among the first planes to be used in aerial fire-fighting, "There was a group of cropdusters who reworked their planes so they could drop water." Gannaway also noted that in the first film "Dusty is doing things to his engine that should not be done to it—he is stressing the engine out and causing severe damage. It’s great that the first movie teed this up without intending to. We just built on it, and the results were remarkable." Producer Ferrell Barron stated "I think we’ve all experienced some kind of loss at some point in our lives—an end of an era, a lost love, a failed career. We’ve all had to recalibrate. In Planes: Fire & Rescue, Dusty can’t go back to being a crop duster, he left that behind. He has to move forward."
|Planes: Fire & Rescue|
|Soundtrack album by Mark Mancina|
|Released||July 15, 2014|
|Mark Mancina film scores chronology|
Mark Mancina, who composed the music for the first film, returned for the sequel. In addition, Brad Paisley wrote and performed a song for the film titled "All In". Paisley also performed a song titled "Runway Romance", co-written by Bobs Gannaway and Danny Jacob. Spencer Lee performed an original song titled "Still I Fly". The soundtrack album was released on July 15, 2014.
- Track listing
All music composed by Mark Mancina, except as noted.
|1.||"Still I Fly" (performed by Spencer Lee)||3:57|
|2.||"Runway Romance" (performed by Brad Paisley)||2:44|
|3.||"All In" (performed by Brad Paisley)||3:45|
|4.||"Planes: Fire & Rescue – Main Title"||2:26|
|6.||"Out of Production"||1:09|
|7.||"Dusty Crash Lands"||0:57|
|9.||"An All New Mayday"||1:04|
|12.||"A Special Kind of Plane"||0:25|
|14.||"We Got the Gear Box"||0:37|
|16.||"Blazin’ Blade Mystery"||0:22|
|17.||"Mystery of Blaze-Lightning"||1:22|
|18.||"Lightning Storm Fire"||1:46|
|19.||"(It’s) Hip to Be Cad"||2:28|
|20.||"Harvey & Winnie"||0:40|
|22.||"Nobody Has Your Gear Box"||0:55|
|23.||"Fire By the Lodge"||3:39|
|24.||"Behind Enemy Lines"||2:24|
|26.||"Blade is Down"||1:04|
|30.||"Rescue Harvey & Winnie"||2:09|
|31.||"Dusty Saves the Day"||0:53|
|33.||"You Had Us Worried"||3:12|
Planes: Fire & Rescue was released on July 18, 2014. The second official trailer for the film was released on April 8, 2014. The film's premiere was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on July 15, 2014.
The film has been met with mixed reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film holds a rating of 45% based on 62 reviews. The site's consensus reads: "Although it's too flat and formulaic to measure up against the best family-friendly fare, Planes: Fire and Rescue is a passable diversion for much younger viewers". On Metacritic, the film has a score of 48 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".
Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter gave the film a mixed review, saying "Beautiful to look at, this is nothing more than a Little Engine That Could story refitted to accommodate aerial action and therefore unlikely to engage the active interest of anyone above the age of about 8, or 10 at the most." Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a positive review, saying "There are honestly stirring moments to be found in the movie's heartfelt tribute to the virtues of teamwork, courage and sacrifice, and in its soaring 3D visuals." Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "There are enough silly jokes and simple excitement here ... to keep the youngest ones interested, and a few mild puns to occasionally make the adults smile." Alan Scherstuhl of The Village Voice gave the film a negative review, saying "There's a fire. And a rescue. And lots of static, TV-quality scenes that drably cut from one car or plane to another as they sit in garages and discuss the importance of believing in yourself." Soren Anderson of The Seattle Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Disney's Planes: Fire & Rescue isn't half bad. Kids should enjoy it and their parents won't be bored." Sara Stewart of the New York Post gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's generic stuff, unless you're a kid who's really into playing with toy planes and trains and cars." Stephan Lee of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B, saying "Canny references to '70s television and some genuinely funny moments will give grown-ups enough fuel to cross the finish line." A.A. Dowd of The A.V. Club gave the film a C-, saying "It's nice to look at, easy to watch, and impossible to remember for the length of a car-ride home."
Joe Williams of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Without the kindling of character development, Planes: Fire and Rescue is no smoldering success, but if Disney's flight plan is to share Pixar's airspace, it's getting warmer." Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two out of four stars, saying "It's not a poor movie. But it's definitely a better movie for the kids." Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, saying "With the lackluster quality of its characters - aircraft, a smattering of trucks, RVs and motorcycles - the movie makes Pixar's Cars and its sequel look like masterpieces." Colin Covert of the Star Tribune gave the film three out of four stars, saying "There are a scattering of inside gags, asides and blink-and-you-missed-it details for the parents. The film's focus, though, is pleasing the milk-and-cookies crowd." Mark Feeney of The Boston Globe gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "Most DisneyToons releases are direct-to-video. That lowly status shows here in the pokey storytelling, dreadful score, and generally tired comedy." Kenneth Turan of the Los Angeles Times gave the film a positive review, saying What this Disney feature lacks in the title department it makes up for with fluid visuals and fast-moving action of the, yes, firefighting variety." Linda Barnard of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying "For the most part, Planes: Fire & Rescue is more about chuckles than big guffaws, coupled with thrilling 3-D flight and firefighting action scenes and lessons about friendship, respect and loyalty." Ben Kenigsberg of The New York Times gave the film a mixed review, saying "In 3-D, the firefighting scenes are visually striking - with plumes of smoke and chemical dust - though the backgrounds, like other aspects of the film, lack dimension."
Bill Zwecker of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film three out of four stars, saying "Planes: Fire & Rescue is a good improvement over Planes, which Disney released last year. The story is stronger, there are some wonderful additions to the voice talent and the 3D cinematography is well-utilized." James Rocchi of The Wrap gave the film three out of four stars, saying "As it is in the merchandising aisle, so it is on the big screen: Planes: Fire and Rescue is precisely long, competent, and entertaining enough to be sold, and sold well." David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying "The animation in Planes: Fire & Rescue is considerably better, the landscapes grander, and the 3-D flight and firefighting scenes more exciting. But you get the same lame puns wedged into a succession of situations, rather than a story." Jordan Hoffman of the New York Daily News gave the film two out of five stars, saying "The meek action plays to the under-10 crowd, but the groaner puns will play only to masochists. Meanwhile, the 3-D ticket upcharge here is a big ripoff - the extra dimension is unnecessary." Lisa Kennedy of The Denver Post gave the film a positive review, saying "Vivid and folksy, Fire & Rescue nicely exceeds expectations dampened by last summer's stalled-out Planes." Catherine Bray of Time Out gave the film one out of five stars, saying "Displaying a weird lack of memorable or endearing characters, this animated effort feels more like a direct-to-video job from the 1990s than a fully fledged John Lasseter–exec-produced theatrical release."
As of July 23, 2014, Planes: Fire & Rescue has grossed $19,365,564 in North America, and $9,000,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $28,365,564. In North America, the film earned $6.29 million on its opening day, and opened to number three in its first weekend, with $17,509,407, behind Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Purge: Anarchy.
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