Disney – Planes: Fire and Rescue – Movie Review
A sequel to the first Planes movie, Dusty and his friends from Propwash Junction are back in this semi dramatic film. Dusty learns that he needs a new gear box in order to continue racing. Unfortunately, his particular type of gear box is no longer in production. Dottie, his faithful friend and mechanic, installs a warning light on him so as to prevent him from going faster than he can safely fly. He ignores the warning and crashes, resulting in a large fire. Propwash Junction gets shut down as a result, until a second fire fighter is trained.
Dusty volunteers (since he caused the fire, it’s the least he could have done) and heads off to get trained and certified as a fire fighter.
He joins a team of existing fire fighters, including an ex-celebrity helicopter Blade Ranger (who was formerly known as Blazin’ Blade back in his TV show days). This movie emphasizes what real life fire fighters experience when entering the dangerous fires in order to rescue people who could be harmed or killed by the fire.
Dusty has a difficult time adjusting, because he keeps it a secret that he can’t fly at his top speed, and thus causes a very serious ordeal that nearly costs his life and Blade’s. Dusty fears that he will never be able to race again, and allows that fear to distract him when he needs to be working.
Although this movie is very serious and, at times, emotional, it is also comical in some ways, creating a good balance. As is common with kids movies, this too ends on a positive note. I think it’s a pretty good movie.