Roger Craig Smith
You can probably tell the quality of “Planes” when you see that Sinbad is in the cast.
“Planes” follows the story of Dusty Crophopper (Cook), a crop-duster from a rural area who is tired of living the every day life of working on the farm fields. The movie is set in the world of “Cars” so every being in the film is a machine. Crophopper’s number one goal is to race in a giant world grand prix for planes.
He eventually gets his chance after going through a trial run qualifier. From there he enters the worldwide race after being trained by an old war plane named Skipper (Keach). During the race he ends up meeting a group of different characters from all over the planet.
“Planes” is about as lazy a movie as you can get. It borrows an already established world from another series and slaps together an underdog sports story that is nothing new. The movie was originally just suppose to be a straight to DVD affair, and it should have stayed that way.
Besides for a nice flashback sequence with Skipper, there isn’t enough heart in the movie to carry things really well from beginning to end.
Cook is alright in the role of the lead protagonist, he just isn’t given material that is strong enough for the character to be memorable. Most of the other characters are like that too, as the different nationalities provide for stereotypes more than actual characters, for example John Cleese plays the British racing plane as the “tea sipping” type.
The animation is just OK, there was never anything that would make an audience say wow, but to be fair, it’s not bad either. It works well enough to show good parts of the race. In fact the race does get exciting eventually.
The newest Disney flick just isn’t that good. It can be shown to children and they should be entertained for 90 minutes but it will be yesterday’s news in a couple of months and won’t be remembered in the long run. It barely makes a 2 out of 5.