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The world of 'Cars' takes to the sky in 'Planes'

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By Becca Owsley

“Planes”
Rated PG for some mild action and rude humor
Release date: Aug. 9
Runtime: 92 minutes
Rating: Basically, “Cars” in the sky

Dusty the crop duster gets his chance to make it in the big race when Disney’s “Planes” takes flight Friday in theaters.

It’s the story of a farm plane who dreams of competing against the best racers in the world.

I know you are thinking this movie just might be another version of “Cars” except with planes and you are partially right.

In the film, Dusty has an older plane who is his mentor and there’s a mean plane who's his competition, kind of like “Cars.” But the nostalgia that made “Cars” such a hit with a wide age range is missing from this one.

But it is cute and kids will enjoy it. At the screening I attended kids got kind of squirmy about an hour into the film but that’s common for feature-length animated films.

It’s probably animation little boys would enjoy more than girls because it’s all about planes and cars.

Like many other Pixar cartoons, there also is a lot of name calling, which is more of a big deal for parents who are trying to get their children to stop calling each other names.

“Planes” sneaks a few things in to make the adult crowd chuckle such as a plane in the beginning of the film named Fonzarelli.

A couple of the celebrity voices are fun for adults as well. When skimming through the names of the actors involved in the film I saw Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer. At first I couldn’t figure out why they were brought onto the film until I saw what they were voicing. They are two Navy jetfighter planes named Echo and Bravo. Hearing Goose and Iceman from “Top Gun” lend their voices to animated jet planes is something parents might get a kick out of.

The real fun at this review was the company who came with me. My friend and her 3-year-old daughter Sophia tagged along. It was Sophia’s first movie in a theater and, being such a big movie fan myself, it was cool to be a part of someone’s first movie experience. 

She had all kinds of questions about what would happen and cracked us up when she got her popcorn and said, “Come on, girls. I need your help,” to get us to share her popcorn.

My first movie experience was fun for me but my mom said it a nightmare. I remember seeing “The Jungle Book,” but from what my mom tells me, it’s a miracle I remember it. Evidently I ran laps around the theater during the movie. I don’t remember this part of the first film adventure so I’d like to think she’s exaggerating, but she’s probably not.

Sophia had fun at her first movie in a theater and said she thought other kids should watch the movie, too.

Comedian Dane Cook leads the cast as the voice of Dusty. Other characters are voiced by Stacy Keach (“The Bourne Legacy”), Brad Garrett (“Everybody Loves Raymond”), Teri Hatcher (“Desperate Housewives”), Julia Louis-Dreyfus (“Seinfeld”), Monty Python’s John Cleese, comedians Cedric the Entertainer and Sinbad and Pixar veteran John Ratzenberger.

There’s nothing really extraordinary about “Planes,” but it is a fun movie for the family and Sophia approved.

Becca Owsley can be reached at 270- 505-1741 or bowsley@thenewsenterprise.com. For movie reviews visit her reporter page on Facebook at www.facebook.com/pages/Becca-Owsley/96924584861.

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