Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Klay Hall|
|Produced by||Traci Balthazor-Flynn|
|Screenplay by||Jeffrey M. Howard|
|Story by||John Lasseter
Jeffrey M. Howard
Cedric the Entertainer
Roger Craig Smith
|Music by||Mark Mancina|
|Editing by||Jeremy Milton|
|Studio||Walt Disney Pictures
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Studios
|Running time||92 minutes|
|Box office||$219,711,066 |
Planes is a 2013 American 3D computer-animated sports comedy film produced by DisneyToon Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It is a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise and the first film in a planned Planes trilogy. Despite not being produced by Pixar, the film was co-written and executive produced by Pixar's chief creative officer John Lasseter, who directed the Cars films.
Like most of DisneyToon's films, it was initially set to be released as a direct-to-video film, but was theatrically released on August 9, 2013 in the Disney Digital 3D and RealD 3D formats. A sequel, titled Planes: Fire & Rescue, will follow in 2014.
Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) is a cropduster plane who works at a cornfield and practices aerobatic manuveurs in his spare time, dreaming of becoming a racer. His dreams are scorned by his boss, Leadbottom (Cedric the Entertainer) and his forklift mechanic friend, Dottie (Teri Hatcher), yet supported by his fuel truck friend, Chug (Brad Garrett). Dusty and Chug train for qualifiers for the upcoming Wings Across the World race. The night before the qualifiers, Dusty asks an elderly and reclusive navy war plane named Skipper Riley (Stacy Keach) to teach him how to fly well, but Skipper refuses. Dusty enters the qualifiers, and although the audience mocks him for being a crop duster, he manages to wow them by his well-practiced flight maneuvers, but comes in 6th place and does not qualify. A few days later, a representative from the qualifier (Sinbad) visits his town looking for Dusty and announces to him that he now placed 5th. This is due to the qualifier ahead of Dusty using an illegal fuel enhancement, nitromethane, getting him disqualified and Dusty replacing him.
Later in the morning, Skipper visits Dusty and tries to talk him out of racing, but when Dusty explains he wants to prove he's more than just a crop duster, Skipper, with the help of his forklift assistant Sparky (Danny Mann), decides to mentor Dusty on his speed and agility. While in the midst of his training, Dusty admits that he has a fear of heights. Despite this, their training continues and when it is complete, Dusty heads off to the meeting of the race at John F. Kennedy Airport where he finds a friend in an eccentric, but loyal Mexican race-plane named El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui) who soon falls in love with a beautiful French-Canadian racer named Rochelle (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), who shows little interest in him. Dusty then makes a rival of the arrogant and villainous three-time winner plane Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), who rudely dismisses him as being only a crop duster. Dusty also falls in love with an Indian racer plane named Ishani (Priyanka Chopra).
The first leg of the race is from New York to Iceland. Dusty's refusal to fly high causes him to finish in last place. The second leg of the race is to Germany. Dusty shows good sportsmanship by saving another racer, Bulldog (John Cleese), from crashing when his eyes get squirted with oil from his propellers, winning Bulldog's respect, but finishing last again. The third leg is to an air base at Agra in India, while the fourth leg is over Nepal. In India, Ishani gives Dusty advice on how to fly low through the Himalayas by following some railroad tracks. However, he is forced to fly through a tunnel and narrowly avoids a head-on collision with a steam train, but miraculously finishes first in Nepal. Dusty realizes Ishani deliberately gave him bad advice to get a new propeller from Ripslinger and he shuns her.
The fifth leg is over the Hump (the mountains between northeast India and south China) to Shanghai, where Dusty gets into first place again. There, Dusty manages to help El Chupacabra win Rochelle over with a romantic song, which works a little too well.
The sixth leg is across the Pacific Ocean to Mexico. Ripslinger's henchmen, Ned and Zed (Gabriel Iglesias), destroy Dusty's navigation antenna. Lost and low on fuel and unable to find Hawaii, Dusty is found by two Super Hornets (Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards) who escort him to the USS "Flysinhower" (a reference to the real-life aircraft carrier USS Dwight D. Eisenhower (CVN-69)) which allows him to land and refuel and be repaired. While on the carrier, Dusty sees a hall of fame set up for Skipper's squadron, but discovers that Skipper only flew one mission, which contradicts his previous reputation as a veteran of many battles. He then has to take off and try to beat an oncoming storm. The storm becomes very violent with enormous waves. Dusty gets distracted from flying due to his thoughts about Skipper and ends up crashing into the ocean, but is rescued. He is flown to Mexico to his friends, but he is severely damaged and may never fly again. Skipper confesses to Dusty that he did indeed fly only one mission in the Pacific theatre where his entire squad of trainees was killed in an attack on the Japanese Navy. Skipper was the only survivor, but torn by his guilt, he never trained another plane or flew again. Demoralized and heartbroken, Dusty begins to consider dropping out of the race, but is encouraged by his friends, racers and many of his new-found fans to continue and they all donate parts to have Dusty repaired.
The seventh leg is back to New York. With a change of heart and morale restored, Dusty becomes determined to win the race, but Ripslinger still won't give up and plots to sabotage his chances of winning. He and his goons ambush Dusty, but are thwarted by Skipper, who overcame his guilt and came to help Dusty. When trying to catch up with Ripslinger, Dusty conquers his fear of heights when his engine starts losing power, forcing him to ride the jetstream when he recognizes from clouds that a jetstream is overhead. Both he and Ripslinger make it to the finish line in New York. When it looks like Ripslinger will win, his ego gets the best of him and slows down to have his picture taken. Dusty seizes the opportunity and wins the race while Ripslinger crashes into some portable toilets. Dusty is congratulated by his friends and fans and Skipper thanks him for giving him the confidence to fly again. Skipper rejoins the navy on the Flysinhower with Dusty as his partner and they take flight together.
At the end of the credits, a message appears stating "Dusty Crophopper will return in Planes: Fire & Rescue."
- 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
- Priyanka Chopra as Ishani, a Pan-Asian champion from India, based on the AeroCad AeroCanard
- Brad Garrett as Chug, a fuel truck
- Teri Hatcher as Dottie, a forklift
- Cedric the Entertainer as Leadbottom, a biplane
- Julia Louis-Dreyfus as Rochelle, a racing plane. Originally from Quebec, her flag and paint job will be localized in 11 countries.
- Roger Craig Smith as Ripslinger, a custom-built carbon-fiber plane and Dusty's rival.
- Gabriel Iglesias as Ned and Zed, Ripslinger's henchmen
- John Cleese as Bulldog, a de Havilland DH.88 Comet
- Carlos Alazraqui as El Chupacabra, a Gee Bee Model R
- Val Kilmer as Bravo, a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Anthony Edwards as Echo, a Boeing F/A-18E Super Hornet
- Colin Cowherd as Colin Cowling, a blimp. In the UK, the blimp character is named Lofty Crofty and is voiced by Sky Sports F1 commentator David Croft.
- Sinbad as Roper, a forklift
- Oliver Kalkofe as Franz aka Fliegenhosen, a German Aerocar
- Brent Musburger as Brent Mustangburger, a 1964½ Ford Mustang
- John Ratzenberger as Harland, a pitty
- Barney Harwood as Sky Cam 1, a red helicopter filming the race over Germany
Planes is based on a concept created by John Lasseter. Although Pixar did not produce the film, Lasseter, being chief creative officer of both Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios, and director of Cars and Cars 2, was also the executive producer of the film. The writers made a conscious effort to not remake Cars in a new setting, rejecting ideas that were too close to ideas in Cars. The team also conducted research by interviewing several pilots of plane types that were included in the movie. Jon Cryer was initially announced as the voice of the main protagonist Dusty, but later dropped out of production and was replaced by Dane Cook. A modified version of the teaser trailer for the film (featuring Cook's voice in place of Cryer's) was released on February 27, 2013. Jon Cryer did however receive credit on the film for "additional story material", along with Bobs Gannaway.
Planes was originally set to be released in North America as a direct-to-video film in Fall 2013, while having a theatrical release in Europe, but completed sequences impressed Disney enough to instead plan the movie for a theatrical release. This is the first DisneyToon Studios film released theatrically in North America since Pooh's Heffalump Movie eight and a half years earlier in 2005.
The film premiered on August 2, 2013, at a special screening at The Fly-In Theater at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, an annual gathering of aviation enthusiasts in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Along with the special screening of the movie, Disney brought a real life Dusty to be part of the activities. The real life version of Dusty was an Air Tractor AT-400A piloted and owned by agriculture pilot Rusty Lindeman. The film was theatrically released on August 9, 2013, when it was also screened at the D23 Expo, a biennial convention for Disney fans.
Planes was released on DVD, Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D on November 19, 2013.
Planes received generally negative reviews from critics. The review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reported a 27% approval rating with an average rating of 4.6/10 based on 109 reviews. The website's consensus reads, "Planes has enough bright colors, goofy voices, and slick animation to distract some young viewers for 92 minutes -- and probably sell plenty of toys in the bargain -- but on nearly every other level, it's a Disney disappointment." Another review aggregator, Metacritic, which assigns a normalized rating out of 100 top reviews from mainstream critics, calculated a score of 39 based on 32 reviews, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews". However, the film earned an A− from audiences polled by CinemaScore.
Alonso Duralde of The Wrap gave the film a positive review, saying, "As shameless an attempt by Disney to sell more bedspreads to the under-10s as Planes is, it nonetheless manages to be a minor lark that will at least mildly amuse anyone who ever thrust their arms outward and pretended to soar over the landscape." Justin Chang of Variety gave the film a negative review, saying, "Planes is so overrun with broad cultural stereotypes that it should come with free ethnic-sensitivity training for especially impressionable kids." James Rocchi of MSN Movies gave the film one out of five stars, saying, "Planes borrows a world from Cars, but even compared to that soulless exercise in well-merchandised animated automotive adventure, Planes is dead in its big, googly eyes and hollow inside." Michael Rechtshaffen gave the film a negative review, saying, "Despite the more aerodynamic setting, this Cars 3D offshoot emerges as an uninspired retread." Jordan Hoffman gave the film one out of five stars, saying, "The jokes in Planes are runway flat, and parents will likely reach for the air-sickness bag." Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle gave the film two and half stars out of four, saying, "Many will enter theaters thinking this is a Pixar film, with the raised expectations that accompany that mistake. But even cynical animation fans will see there's quality here. After a little turbulence, Planes comes in for a nice landing."
Bill Goodykoontz of The Arizona Republic gave the film two out of five stars, saying, "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." David Hiltbrand of The Philadelphia Inquirer gave the film one out of four stars, saying, "The animated film has all the hallmarks of a straight-to-DVD project - inferior plot, dull writing, cheap drawing - perhaps because it was intended for the bargain bin at Target, Walmart, and Costco." Jen Chaney of The Washington Post gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying, "This film is 100 percent devoid of surprises. It's the story of an underestimated underdog that's like every other kid-friendly, life-coachy story about an underestimated underdog." Rafer Guzman of Newsday gave the film one and a half stars out of four, saying, "If Planes were a reasonably priced download, you'd gladly use it to sedate your kids during a long car ride. As a theatrical, 3-D release, however, Planes will sedate you, too." Neil Genzlinger of The New York Times gave the film two out of five stars, saying, 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."
Lou Lumenick of the New York Post gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying, "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." Bruce Demara of the Toronto Star gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying, "While the plotting is rather pedestrian, the humour mostly lame, what makes Planes a stand-out experience - not surprisingly, based on Disney's vast and impressive history of animated classics - is the visuals." Claudia Puig of USA Today gave the film two out of four stars, saying, "It's engaging enough, driving home the familiar message of following one's dreams and the less hackneyed theme of facing one's fears. But it feels far too familiar." Betsy Sharkey of the Los Angeles Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying, "As with Cars, the world of Planes feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps." Richard Roeper of the Chicago Sun-Times gave the film a C, saying "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."
Tom Keogh of The Seattle Times gave the film two and a half stars out of four, saying, "Though not officially a Pixar production, the new Planes — released by the beloved animation studio’s parent company, Disney — has the look and feel of Pixar's 2006 hit, Cars, if not the latter's charm or strong story." Stephen Whitty of the Newark Star-Ledger gave the film two out of four stars, saying, "It's strictly by the numbers, from the believe-in-yourself moral to the purely predictable ending." Owen Gleiberman of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a B, saying, "What Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit." A. A. Dowd of The A.V. Club gave the film a D+, saying, "Planes cuts corners at every turn, a strategy that leaves it feeling like the skeletal framework of an incomplete Pixar project." R. Kurt Osenlund of Slant Magazine gave the film one out of four stars, saying, "The film feels second-rate in every sense, from the quality of its animation to its C-list voice cast." Dave Calhoun of Time Out gave the film three out of five stars, saying "Planes isn’t a Pixar film, even if it’s related to one (Disney bought Pixar in 2006), and there’s nothing groundbreaking about the animation or script. That said, the characters and story still offer low-key charms."
As of November 10, 2013, Planes has grossed $89,605,275 in North America, and $123,400,000 in other countries, for a worldwide total of $213,005,275. The film opened to #3 in its first weekend, with $22,232,291, behind Elysium and We're the Millers. In its second weekend, the film dropped to #4, grossing an additional $13,388,534.
|Soundtrack album by Mark Mancina|
|Released||August 6, 2013|
|Mark Mancina film scores chronology|
- Track listing
All music composed by Mark Mancina, except as noted.
|1.||"Nothing Can Stop Me Now" (performed by Mark Holman)||3:14|
|2.||"You Don't Stop NYC" (performed by Chris Classic and Alana D)||3:49|
|3.||"Fly" (performed by Jon Stevens)||2:58|
|7.||"Hello Lincoln/Sixth Place"||1:06|
|8.||"Show Me What You Got"||1:21|
|9.||"Dusty Steps Into History"||1:06|
|10.||"Start Your Engines"||1:59|
|11.||"Leg 2/Bulldog Thanks Dusty"||2:22|
|12.||"Skipper Tries to Fly"||0:51|
|13.||"Dusty & Ishani"||2:38|
|15.||"Running on Fumes"||3:10|
|16.||"Get Above the Storm"||1:11|
|17.||"Dusty Has to Ditch"||0:58|
|19.||"You're a Racer"||2:52|
|21.||"Skipper to the Rescue"||1:58|
|24.||"A True Victory"||0:41|
|25.||"Honorary Jolly Wrench"||0:53|
|26.||"Skipper's Theme" (performed by Volo Pro Veritas)||1:13|
|27.||"Love Machine" (performed by Carlos Alazraqui and Antonio Sol)||1:45|
|28.||"Ein Crop Duster Can Race" (performed by Dave Wittenberg)||1:11|
A sequel, titled Planes: Fire & Rescue, is scheduled for theatrical release on July 18, 2014. Bobs Gannaway, creator of Jake and the Never Land Pirates and director of Secret of the Wings, will direct the film. Dane Cook, who will reprise his role of Dusty, will be joined by Julie Bowen as the voice of Lil Dipper. Rather than publish an Art of book for Planes, Chronicle Books will publish The Art of Planes 1 & 2 to coincide with the release of the sequel.
The official synopsis reads: "Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty 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 and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil Dipper, heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero."
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