Planes: Fire & Rescue [REVIEW]

Planes 2

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue, a sequel to 2013's Planes - an animated Walt Disney movie about a small plane called Dusty Crophopper and his fellow transportation friends.

In the first Planes, Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) was a successful racer. But in this second film, he's run into trouble. His gearbox is damaged, and unfortunately for him, it is out of production, so it looks like Dusty's career as a racer is over. He decides to become a plane firefighter and travels to Piston Peak, which looks a lot like California's Yosemite National Park. It's there where he meets all sorts of characters, including the manager Cad Spinner (John Michael Higgins). He's also introduced to the commander of the fire and rescue crew Blade Ranger (Ed Harris). And just like in Planes, where one of the characters was a veteran with a past, in Fire and Rescue it's Blade with the history — he was formerly an actor and played a police helicopter on a TV series called CHoPs.

So Blade assists Dusty in his training, and together they fight fires in the forest, including one that gets out of control, leading both of them to get trapped in a mine. They escape, slightly shaken and damaged. But Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen), who takes a liking to Dusty, supports him every step of the way. Also supporting Dusty is Fighter Aircraft Skipper Riley (Stacy Keach), forklift Sparky (Danny Mann), fuel truck Chug (Brad Garrett), forklift Dottie (Terry Hatcher, reprising her role from the first movie). And in a great casting coup, real-life married couple Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara voice Harvey and Winnie, an RV couple who go to Piston Peak to relive their first kiss, oh-so-many many years ago.

A massive forest fire breaks out at the same time the lodge is having it's major opening. It's the team of vehicles and planes that save the day to put out the fire, helping out the trapped attendees, and it's Dusty who saves Harvey and Winnie from a burning bridge that is about to collapse.

Planes 2: Fire and Rescue does not break new ground in the world of animation, and it's story is simple and predictable. But it's still a cute film with a cute lead character (Dusty), and while it's not very original, little kids should love it with it's colorful cast of characters, story and visuals.

Adults, however, may struggle to enjoy it......especially if the kid behind you is kicking your chair.