Planes: Fire & Rescue Sure, Pixar's Cars franchise and its aviation spin-off, Planes , are perhaps less stimulating to adults than Toy Story or WALL•E . But it doesn't… Planes: Fire & Rescue Sure, Pixar's Cars franchise and its aviation spin-off, Planes , are perhaps less stimulating to adults than Toy Story or WALL•E . But it doesn't… 2014-07-18 PG PT84M Animation Julie Bowen Dane Cook Ed Harris Walt Disney Pictures
Movie Review

Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014)

MPAA Rating: PG
PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Blade Ranger, Dipper, Dusty, and Windlifter
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PLANES: FIRE & RESCUE Blade Ranger, Dipper, Dusty, and Windlifter
EW's GRADE
B

Details Release Date: Jul 18, 2014; Rated: PG; Length: 84 Minutes; Genre: Animation; With: Julie Bowen, Dane Cook and Ed Harris; Distributor: Walt Disney Pictures

Sure, Pixar's Cars franchise and its aviation spin-off, Planes, are perhaps less stimulating to adults than Toy Story or WALL•E. But it doesn't take much imagination to realize that to lots of 6-year-olds, Planes: Fire & Rescue is pretty much the coolest movie ever. Talking aircraft and aerial fire-fighting? Come on. At the beginning of this sequel to last year's Planes, Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), the crop duster-turned-air-racing celebrity, learns his gearbox is damaged and the replacement parts he needs to keep up his high-speed showmanship may not exist. For a career change, he joins a forest-fire rescue team, which includes battle-battered veteran Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), spiritual heavy-duty copter Windlifter (Wes Studi), and air tanker Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen). Despite somewhat of a direct-to-DVD plot, the perilous and elaborate rescue scenes are certainly big-screen-worthy. Canny references to '70s television and some genuinely funny moments will give grown-ups enough fuel to cross the finish line. B

Originally posted Jul 16, 2014 Published in issue #1321-1322 Jul 25, 2014 Order article reprints
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Weekend of Aug 24 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
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1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$17.6 4 $251.9 A-
2. $16.8 3 $145.6 C+
3.
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$16.4 1 $16.4 C-
4. $11.0 2 $45.2 F
5. $9.0 1 $9.0 NA
6.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.7 2 $24.1 C-
7.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$6.6 2 $27.5 B
8. $6.5 1 $6.5 C+
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$5.6 3 $32.7 B
10.
Into the Storm
Warner Bros.
$3.8 3 $38.3 D+
* in millions