Dusty Crophopper (voiced by Dane Cook) is a sprayer who flies over the fields every day, barely getting a few feet off the ground, and might have a quiet life if it weren’t for his great desire to be a racing plane and take part in the great “Wings around the Globe” competition. The low-flyer even registers for the qualification, but soon has to realize that the opponents in these pre-races are not without their abilities.
Still, Dusty makes it to the big event and meets all sorts of planes: the arrogant champion Ripslinger, the mysterious Ishani, and the Mexican daredevil El Chupacabra. The big race takes the troupe to Europe, Mexico, and even snow-capped mountains. However, Dusty not only has to struggle with his competitors and their unfair actions but above all with himself – the plane is afraid of heights!
The story of Planes is not particularly original. The jump from outsider to the center has already been seen in various films. But what speaks for Planes is the strong animation technique, the wonderful pictures, and of course the likable characters, which offer a favorite for every viewer. The villain, the senior, the funny sidekick (El Chupacabra becomes a crowd favorite), the snobbish Brit (voiced by veteran John Cleese), and of course our hero. This results in a total package that every family can look at without any problems. Especially since of course the cars should not be missing. Unfortunately, Lightning McQueen or Mater do not appear.
Planes may not be the high-flyer of the season and offer nothing exceptional in terms of content. However, what makes the film absolutely worth seeing are the lovable characters and the fine humor that is provided. This excursion into the air is absolutely worth it.