Disney Takes to the Skies with “Planes”

By: Dustin Kidd   June 7, 2013


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In this latest trailer from Disney, viewers are taken back to the world created in the Cars franchise.  In Planes, Dane Cook voices Dusty Crophopper (a name choice I fully support,) a crop duster that chooses to enter a plane race.  Dusty has to face mockery and outright disdain, particularly from the star plane Ripslinger, who finds Dusty’s entrance to be an annoying nuisance.  As a long shot, Dusty also has to overcome his own fears and learn to believe in himself, all while making a variety of unique friends.

Once again Disney brings a film filled with recognizable voice talent, with actors such as Val Kilmer, Teri Hatcher and John Cleese joining Cook.  Although I do have to express some surprise at the guitar riff from White Zombie’s “More Human than Human” and a poop joke both being featured in a preview for a Disney film, it seems as though this film once again strikes a decent balance between children’s entertainment, including sight gags, and other jokes that adults can enjoy.  The “Kennedy approach, over.” line in particular made me chuckle, but I am a sucker for jokes like that.

Planes zooms into theaters August 9.