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 Sep 1 Box Office Source: Rentrak Corp.
Rank Title Weekend Gross* Weeks on Chart Cume. Gross* EW Grade
1.
Guardians of the Galaxy
Walt Disney Pictures
$22.2 5 $280.5 A-
2. $15.7 4 $166.4 C+
3.
If I Stay
Warner Bros.
$11.6 2 $32.2 C-
4. $10.5 3 $59.7 F
5.
As Above, So Below
Universal
$10.3 1 $10.3 C
6.
The November Man
Relativity
$10.2 1 $11.9 C
7. $8.0 2 $18.7 NA
8.
The Giver
Weinstein Co.
$6.9 3 $33.1 C-
9.
The Hundred-Foot Journey
Walt Disney Pictures
$6.3 4 $41.1 B
10.
The Expendables 3
Lionsgate
$4.5 3 $34.2 B
* in millions