George: The initial announcement for the direct-to-home release of Planes was met with some derision and snickering among the Disney faithful. The Cars line of merchandise has been the most popular brand for Disney/Pixar and this seemed to be another way to sell more toys to little kids. The film was met with some trepidation in the Taylor household. My youngest will watch almost anything while the teen does pick and choose which films he wants to watch with us. Regardless, we watched the whole film in one sitting.
Jeff: One sitting? That’s more than I can say…
When my copy arrived, my ten year old immediately said “Wait, really?” And then it settled down into “Well, can I watch it with you? I just want to see.” I have to mention that he DOES love the Cars films, but the idea of Planes just didn’t sit right with him for some reason. So, to say we were both hesitant to begin our journey into the skies is a bit of an understatement. But, with seat belts fastened and the no smoking sign lit, we sat back, and put it in once we reached cruising altitude.
George: The plot is pretty similar to the Cars film, including the grand race. I found it interesting to compare the characters in Planes to previously developed Cars characters. Dane Cook even sounded like Owen Wilson at times. Brad Garrett’s character, a fuel truck name Chug, was a re-worked version of Mater. There was even a grizzled, older plane that was a mentor and helped drive, er, fly home lessons. Weirdly enough, it kept our attention. I think any kid under 10 that loves the World of Cars is going to love this film. Watching it as a parent, though, is going to be difficult.
Jeff: It was VERY difficult. Plot similarities aside, it just wasn’t that good of a movie. I found myself bored most of the time, and checking my watch to see how close we were to the end. Minutes dragged by. But, like George said, kids who enjoyed Cars will probably enjoy this film quite a bit due to the familiarity of the story and its connection to the world of Cars. Otherwise, though, the film should have been grounded.
George: What was more interesting is the discussion on evolution I had with the 14 year-old. So, if Cars were the dominant race, then there evolution, along with everything else on the planet with a combustion engine, was only over the past 100 years or so. Plus, the blimp really freaked me out for some reason.
Jeff: See, now, I think the story of the evolution of these characters, both Cars and Planes, as a species would make a more interesting story than the film itself! The disc has a handful of extras, which in some ways, were much better than the film. Some deleted scenes, a song, a “meet the racers” feature, and a “how to draw” are just some of the offerings. Nothing overly spectacular, but I’m sure you’d go through them once if you had the disc.
George: There’s not much else we can say about this blu-ray. If you’re a fan of the series and the “World of Cars”, then this is a definite buy. Otherwise, let this one fly on by.
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By Jeff Heimbuch and George Taylor
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