Movie Review : Planes



Dusty is a little crop duster who dreams of entering an Around the World air race. His best friends, forklift/mechanic Dottie and fuel truck Chug, dont think he has a chance of even qualifying but they help and support him anyway. Dusty wants to race so much, he even asks the mysterious old fighter plane Skipper to help him. So together with Skipper’s forklift Sparky, they train Dusty until he is the best and fastest crop duster he can be.

Once he qualifies, Dusty sets off to meet his fellow competitors. There is the snobby British plane Bulldog, the serene Indian plane Ishani, the feisty and romantically inclined Mexican plane, El Chupacabra and the reigning champ Ripslinger to name a few.

Then there is the feisty Aussie plane, Rochelle …. my personal favourite for obvious reasons …… and some not so obvious reasons too 😉

Even before the race begins, Dusty is teased and taunted because…..well he is a crop duster. But as the race progresses, he shows he has more heart and soul than many of his rivals and one by one, they accept and befriend him. Dusty shows everyone that it takes more than a powerful propeller to be a true champion!

Clearly a Cars spin-off, this movie was originally slated as a straight-to-DVD release. But Disney liked what they saw and decided to give it a theatrical release. It was also originally a Pixar concept but Pixar did not produce this movie ….. and it kinda shows.


The story was predictable, there were no great wow moments ….. but it was a kid’s movie and kid’s movies that are ground breaking, such as Toy Story, are once in a decade offerings. I didnt particularly notice the quality of the animation so I’m not sure if that was a good or bad thing.

But I loved this movie. It was fun and I had a few giggles. I was really impressed with the Aussie accent Julia Louis-Dreyfuss (Rochelle) managed as there are very few non-Aussies who can master our accent.

I took 3 little Miss Chicks, ages 9 and 10, to see this one so it was always more about what they thought. And they loved it. They also loved the feisty Aussie plane best of all which proves they are indeed Little Miss Chicks.

This movie has been panned by the critics. Pfft…. whatever! Its a cute kid’s flick all about friendship and trying your best even when nobody else thinks you can do it. And isnt that worth the price of a ticket?

Love Flick xx


Director : Klay Hall

Starring : Carlos Alazraqui, Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Priyanka Chopra, Cedric the Entertainer, Roger Craig Smith

Running Time : 91 minutes

Release Date : In Cinemas Now …


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