Planes: Fire and Rescue Friday, 03 April 2020

Planes: Fire and Rescue

Additional Info

  • Rating:

    G: Some Scary Scenes.

  • The pitch:

    The CARS franchise takes flight (and it's on fire).

  • Starring:

    (voices of): Dane Cook, Ed Harris, Julie Bowen, Curtis Armstrong, John Michael Higgins, Hal Holbrook, Wes Studi, Brad Garrett, Teri Hatcher, Stacy Keach, Cedric the Entertainer

  • Directed by:

    Roberts Gannaway

  • Running time:

    83 minutes

  • Rated:

    G (Australia), U (UK), PG (USA)


    Characters are thrown through the air, dangle precariously. Mid-air collisions/incidents (engine failure, freefalling/spinning, crash landing). Explosions, bush fires, bridge collapse, rock falls. Mass panic, evacuation. Aircraft wreckage.


    Flirting, bum(per)-wriggling.


    Characters drink (implied) alcoholic drinks. Bar setting.


    Name-calling. Rural stereotypes.


    Planes, fire-fighting, air racing, air safety, teamwork, insubordination, community, greed, mortality, aircraft engineering, friendship, loyalty.


    Deceased colleagues mentioned. Fireworks (opening credits), full moon, geyser, waterfall, rapids, lightning. Helicopters, planes. Fart noise.


    Fun, competent, distracting, kid-friendly, adequate. Thrilling action sequences, visually sumptuous, risky storytelling, good characterisation, some witty one-liners, canny pop culture references, good use of 3D, engaging new characters, good soundtrack, better animation, grander landscapes, exciting flight/fire-fighting scenes.


    Crude, dreary, slight. Sagging middle, busy plot, weak humour, lame puns, one-dimensional characters.

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