Planes Review

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Dusty Crophopper (Cook), a humble crop-duster of the kind that once strafed Cary Grant, dreams of something bigger and better beyond his humble home. Tipping his wings, he sets out to find it.


Planes is set in the world of Cars, and it’s by DisneyToon Studio, which made DVD sequels like The Lion King 2. It’s what you’d expect: a rehash of Pixar’s least interesting two films, with scaled-down spectacle (the flying is rarely exhilarating) and even less to interest grown-ups. For kids, the action’s slow to get going.

A crop-dusting plane transcends his limits to enter a globe-circling race and have meandering adventures. John Cleese barely registers in a support role, and there’s a Top Gun in-joke. The final message directly contradicts the one in Monsters University.

A Pixney misfire.