Thursday, July 17, 2014

Disney's "PLANES: Fire & Rescue" Movie Review! In Theaters Tomorrow, July 18th! #FireAndRescue

My six and a half year old son, Matthew, and I got a chance to see Disney's "Planes: Fire & Rescue" last night! It was awesome! There is something in the movie for children and for the adults too! The movie is dedicated in the beginning to firefighters and all they do for us. I honestly didn't realize just how much we rely on airplanes, vehicles, and fire fighters to stop forest fires and what it requires to make a fire break to keep a fire from spreading until I saw "Planes: Fire & Rescue" last night. I am in awe of how much research was done to make this movie! Check out The Story Behind the Story of Planes: Fire & Rescue.

Right from the start, I was laughing at the Fire Truck, Mayday (voice by Hal Holbrook) who has been the firefighter of Propwash Junction forever! He's old and sweet, he reminded me a little of Doc from Cars. Mayday has lost a little speed over the years. His hoses are leaky and he can’t see much without his glasses. Propwash Junction is growing fast thanks to resident-turn-big-time-racer Dusty, so Mayday might be in over his headlights. (taken from here)

I really liked the Indian reference/character of Windlifter (voice by Wes Studi). He speaks like an old Indian Chief, which sounded neat after a while, but in the beginning of the movie, I didn't quite understand why his character was written that way. I don't know if it was meant to be funny, or if that's just the way that the writers saw him?

Windlifter is a heavy-lift helicopter who can hoist dozens of trees or a huge tank of fire retardant. The American Indian’s wisdom is vast—he’s chock full of fire folklore, and his connection to nature allows him to sense fires before they’re even spotted. The former lumberjack became a firefighter to help others, and no mission is too big for Windlifter. (taken from here)

Windlifter is a member of The Smokejumpers, an organization working to fight against wildfires. He appears to be modeled after a Sikorsky S-64 Skycrane.

But the stars of Planes: Fire & Rescue are Dusty and Blade Ranger. Blade Ranger helps spot the fires and tells everyone where to dump water, make fire lines, and more.

Blade Ranger (voiced by Ed Harris), a veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter, heads up the Piston Peak Air Attack team. Haunted by a storied past, he’s a tough and demanding air boss with a wry sense of humor, and he’s not exactly enthusiastic about his new trainee Dusty. But Blade is a pro and does everything he can to bring the new SEAT up to speed.

Brade Paisley wrote two songs in for the movie Planes: Fire and Rescue in honor of his firefighter father! For more information about this and the two songs, go here:

Planes: Fire & Rescue is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” hits theaters in 3D, tomorrow, July 18, 2014. 

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