Planes: Fire & Rescue

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Planes: Fire & Rescue
Planes Fire & Rescue poster.jpg
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Roberts Gannaway
Produced by Ferrell Barron[1]
Screenplay by Jeffrey M. Howard
Story by
Music by Mark Mancina
Edited by Jeremy Milton
Distributed by Walt Disney Studios
Motion Pictures
Release date(s)
  • July 15, 2014 (2014-07-15) (Los Angeles premiere)
  • July 18, 2014 (2014-07-18) (United States)
Running time 84 minutes[2]
Country United States
Language English
Budget $50 million[3][4]
Box office $28,365,564[3]

Planes: Fire & Rescue is a 2014 American 3D computer-animated comedy-adventure film.[1] 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.


When world famous air racer Dusty Crophopper (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super sooper Lil' Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers (voices of Regina King, Corri English, Bryan Callen, Danny Pardo, and Matt Jones). Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.[5][6]



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."[11][12]


Planes: Fire & Rescue
Soundtrack album by Mark Mancina
Released July 15, 2014
Recorded 2014
Genre Film score
Length 56:37
Label Walt Disney
Mark Mancina film scores chronology
Planes: Fire & Rescue

Mark Mancina, who composed the music for the first film, returned for the sequel.[13] 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".[10][14] The soundtrack album was released on July 15, 2014.[15]

Track listing

All music composed by Mark Mancina, except as noted.

No. Title Length
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
5. "Propwash"   1:56
6. "Out of Production"   1:09
7. "Dusty Crash Lands"   0:57
8. "Fire!"   1:29
9. "An All New Mayday"   1:04
10. "Sad Mayday"   2:00
11. "Pontoons"   0:45
12. "A Special Kind of Plane"   0:25
13. "Training Dusty"   2:20
14. "We Got the Gear Box"   0:37
15. "Cad"   1:24
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
21. "Cheers"   0:11
22. "Nobody Has Your Gear Box"   0:55
23. "Fire By the Lodge"   3:39
24. "Behind Enemy Lines"   2:24
25. "Evacuation"   1:25
26. "Blade is Down"   1:04
27. "Loopin’ Lopez"   1:14
28. "Tourist Trapped"   2:28
29. "Fire Heroes"   2:18
30. "Rescue Harvey & Winnie"   2:09
31. "Dusty Saves the Day"   0:53
32. "Saving Dusty"   1:07
33. "You Had Us Worried"   3:12
Total length:


Planes: Fire & Rescue was released on July 18, 2014. The second official trailer for the film was released on April 8, 2014.[16] The film's premiere was held at the El Capitan Theatre in Los Angeles on July 15, 2014.[17]

Video game

A video game based on the film will be released on November 4, 2014 for Wii, Nintendo DS, Nintendo 3DS, and Wii U and will be published by Little Orbit.[18]


Critical response

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".[19] On Metacritic, the film has a score of 48 out of 100, based on 28 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[20]

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."[21] 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."[22] 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."[23] 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."[24] 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."[25] 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."[26] 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."[27] 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."[28]

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."[29] 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."[30] 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."[31] 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."[32] 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."[33] 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."[34] 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."[35] 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."[36]

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."[37] 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."[38] 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."[39] 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."[40] 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."[41] 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."[42]

Box office

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.[3] In North America, the film earned $6.29 million on its opening day,[43] 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.[44]


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