If you're of a certain generation, just the word "Planes" in a movie title makes you think of a certain John Candy and Steve Martin '80s comedy. It's a Pavlovian response that's a mixture of excitement, nostalgia, and sadness that a great comic talent passed so soon.
But that's not what this "Planes" is about.
"Planes: Fire and Rescue" is Disney's latest entry in the animated aviation genre, following hot on the heels of last summer's fairly successful "Cars" spin-off. This time around, Dusty (Dane Cook) finds a new calling as a member of an airborne fire rescue team.
There will be plenty of opportunities for toy tie-ins here, as Dusty's new crew includes a "super scooper" named Dipper (Julie Bowen), helicopters Blade Ranger and Windlifter (Ed Harris and Wes Studi), and the goofy ATVs that make up The Smokejumpers.
Pixar's BMOC John Lasseter is exec producing this sequel, as he did for "Planes," "Cars 3," and the upcoming sequel to "The Incredibles." Although putting Lasseter's name on the poster might help lure some moviegoers in, real Pixar junkies can't be fooled. However, parents who are in need of some summer relief will probably be happy enough to take their kiddos to see "Planes: Fire and Rescue" July 18, 2014. Maybe the adults can sneak into "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" while the wee ones are enjoying Dane Cook's family-friendly hijinks.
Thunder - Planes: Fire & Rescue Trailer on Disney Video