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PlanesPlanes, which is essentially Cars in the air, might be the first Pixar movie that isn't technically a Pixar movie. It's being...PlanesAnimationPT96MPGPlanes, which is essentially Cars in the air, might be the first Pixar movie that isn't technically a Pixar movie. It's being...2013-08-26Walt Disney Pictures
SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS Planes soars with its visually appealing imagery and sense of humor

SUCH GREAT HEIGHTS Planes soars with its visually appealing imagery and sense of humor (Disney/Pixar)

B

Planes

Genre: Animation; Starring: Jon Cryer, Dane Cook; Director: Klay Hall; Release Date Wide: 08/09/2013; Runtime (in minutes): 96; MPAA Rating: PG; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Planes, which is essentially Cars in the air, might be the first Pixar movie that isn’t technically a Pixar movie. It’s being released under the Disney banner, yet in essence it’s the real Cars sequel — much more so than the shiny but exhaustingly frenetic Cars 2. This one carbon-copies the original Cars with too much predictability, but it’s got the heart and soul that Cars 2 was missing, and it’s every bit as dazzlingly animated. Dane Cook, who can be so unappealing in live-action roles, is touching and sharp as the voice of Dusty Crophopper, a crop-dusting propeller plane who dreams of being a fighter jet (despite the fact that he’s scared of heights). Yes, there’s a Mater-like sidekick (voiced by Brad Garrett), as well as a version of Paul Newman’s broken-down old racer (Stacy Keach as a broken-down war jet with a secret). Yet what Planes lacks in novelty, it makes up for with eye-popping aerial sequences and a high-flying comic spirit. B

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