The new Disney film, Planes, opens in theaters on August 9th, but as much as I had anticipated enjoying this animated film, I actually feel it can put the adults to sleep as the children sit in the theater and enjoy the colorful characters on the big screen.
It is cute and colorful for the children, but as for the screenplay by Jeffery M. Howard, it is not engaging enough to maintain my interest.
I wholeheartedly endorse this for families to take their children who will enjoy watching the planes talk as they fly around. For the adults who take the children, just be prepared to see a similar story as in other films. In this case, this is a little crop duster plane that wants to fly in a contest, but is afraid of heights. He gets over it, he enters, he wins.
Not only is the story line similar, some of the cars in the stands for the race look similar to the ones from the movie Cars and the tractors that roll backwards in the fields are also in this film. I understand every business tries to save money, but these similarities are glaring.
The voice cast does well, starting with Dane Cook as Dusty the crop duster with a dream to fly outside of what he has been limited to all his life.
Other members of the voice cast includes Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Cedric the Entertainer, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, John Cleese, Carlos Alazraqui, Priyanka Chopra, Gabriel Iglesias, Roger Craig Smith, Colin Cowherd, Sinbad, Oliver Kalkofe, Brent Musburger, Anthony Edwards and Val Kilmer.
Watching this dud is still worth it with the children, but I recommend only the matinee price if at all possible.
Enjoy staying out of the heat with the little ones this weekend!