Written October 04, 2015
PLANES is a worthy successor to the CARS franchise, and the depth of research that went into this movie is obvious. I had just spent the day piloting for Civil Air Patrol, and every little detail paid homage to real-world aviation. (I didn't know planes had tongues, but there they were, firmly in cheek...) Anyone at all familiar with Reno or Oshkosh will find references galore, and those of us who do fly can easily recognize our fellow aviators among the characters.
Having said that - this movie is just "plane" fun! Everyone in the theater was entranced, from 2-year-olds on up, from beginning to end. Bravo, Disney!
Written September 02, 2015
I wish I'd known that before I plunked down $$$ that it wasn't Pixar. The poster really tried to make a CARS connection. Parts of the script were almost directly copied from Cars. The projector was set wrong and 5 minutes after the previews started and the 3D wasn't right I went to the ticket taker and let her know. 30 minutes later another employee walked into the theater, put on 3d glasses then flipped a filter in place and the 3d cleared up. They comped us tickets for any other 3d movie. My grandsons were bored and asking when it would be over with 30 minutes left in the film. :( 4 thumbs down!
Written February 06, 2016
Well, we knew going in they were trying to recreate the feel of Cars... perhaps they tried too hard. The message was good, but it was... umm... I don't quite know what to call it. I didn't hate it, nor did my teenage nephew. The background animation was amazing, but the characters (and I know this sounds weird; they are cartoons, after all), just didn't get the same level of development as the Cars characters. Most of them were over-done. The little ones in the theater seemed to like it. So, with younger viewers being the target market here, Pixar succeeded. However, there was nothing here to appeal to the grown-ups who have to take the little ones.
Written August 05, 2015
I'm tired of reading reviews by people saying that this movie is too predictable or is too stereo typed. It is Disney and it is fantastic! The amount of effort and attention to detail will make any aviation enthusiast giddy during the dialogues and for those new to the aviation community, it will thrill you as well. The character development is well done and is truly right out of the world of cars (as it proclaimed itself to be from the beginning so why people complain about this as some surprise is beyond me).
Go see it! It is fun, exciting, and full of that great Disney magic that so many of us have come to love. The sound track is very well done and the animation, since we saw it in Real 3-D, was just as great as I had hoped it would be. I plan on seeing this again soon.
Planes gets my salute!
Written December 01, 2015
I particularly appreciate that this movie was a good and wholesome movie for kids for a change. The only reason that I didn't give it 5 stars is because the movie is almost exactly like Cars. The story is the same story and the characters look, act, and sound the same as Cars.