Disney Planes Review by a Mom

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Disney’s Planes was made available on DVD and Blu-Ray on November 19!  This has been a pretty exciting release for fans of the movie Cars and its sequel.  My kids, both fans of Lightning McQueen and Mater, were thrilled by the Planes previews and couldn’t wait to watch it!

Here’s what it’s about:

The world of CARS takes flight in PLANES, Disney’s high-flying animated comedy revved up with action and adventure. Join Dusty, a crop duster with sky-high dreams and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to take on the world’s fastest flyers in the greatest air race ever. Dusty has a huge heart but two big problems… he’s not exactly built for speed, plus he’s afraid of heights. His courage is put to the ultimate test as this unlikely hero aims higher than he ever imagined. With a little help from his friends, Dusty finds the courage to be more than he was built for and the inspiration to soar.

Disney Planes Screenshot

Our Take:

The animation in Planes is definitely as impressive if not more so than the Cars movies, and there are some exciting scenes the kids really enjoyed.  As far as the plot goes, I think a crop duster wanting to take part in an around-the-world race and having to overcome the challenges of other nicer planes laughing at him, being afraid of heights, and not being “built” for racing but doing his best anyway is a compelling, encouraging story.  But what did my kids think?  They are almost 3 and 5 1/2, and although they have enjoyed the Cars movies in the past I think the storyline and dialogue of Planes is geared toward kids who are a little older (and even adults at times).  There were times that the movie lagged a bit and I could see that the kids were losing interest, but when the racing started they were drawn back into the story.

Disney Planes Screenshot Taj Mahal

One thing I personally liked about the movie was that it showed so many parts of the world!  I pulled out our little globe and showed the kids Dusty’s path as best I could as he flew through each country, and they enjoyed that.

Disney Screenshot China

As you can see, those are some pretty impressive scenes with gorgeous artwork.  :)

Final Thoughts:  I think Planes is worth seeing if you have kids in the 7 and up range who love aircraft and vehicles.  You should note that some of the dialogue is geared toward adults and had me raising my eyebrows (hence the PG rating, I suppose).  For instance, in one scene, a female plane rejects the advances of a “guy” and says as she saunters away, “Go plow yourself.”  You almost can’t understand what she said but definitely something I wouldn’t want to hear my kids saying.  If you can overlook that, the movie is entertaining and has a strong message of perseverance against all odds when following your dreams.

Want it?

You can find Planes on DVD, Blu-Ray, or in a DVD + Blu-Ray + Digital Copy combo pack at amazon.com.   At the time of this post, the combo pack is on sale for only $16.99!

Have you seen PLANES yet?  What did you think?

Disclosure:  A Planes Blu-Ray Combo Pack was provided to my family for us to keep and share our honest thoughts on here at Kindred Spirit Mommy.

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4 Responses to Disney’s PLANES is now available on DVD & Blu-Ray! (Our Thoughts)

  • I have not seen it yet and almost bought the movie today at Target. I have heard such bad reviews about the movie I didn’t want to waste my money on it so I put it back. I have one 7 year old and 4 under 7 so don’t think that movie would be a big hit here. Thanks for there honest review =)

  • We just rented this from Red Box and watched it this weekend for a family movie night. I was excited when we saw previews for it before it was released in theatres because we loved Cars and my son loves planes. But I agree, my son (who is young for most movies @ 2) lost interest and there were those adult parts, “you sad you drink”. While that’s funny I don’t want my kids to really think that way. Cars is much better for our household.

  • Uh OH ~ I just rented this tonight and now I’m wondering if I should have… Maybe they won’t notice the parts! Thanks for the review…

  • my grandsons have been wanting to see this ,im hoping it is as good as the reviews ive seen

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