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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.

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