Are you ready for takeoff? Disney's newest movie, Planes, hits theatres today, and you know your little ones are going to be begging you to take them. The question on most parents' minds, though: Is it worth it?
I was lucky enough to fly to Los Angeles earlier this week for the premiere of the movie in 3D, and I can tell you that, yes, it is -- particularly if you're fans of Cars. There are movies that fall in the wait-for-the-DVD category, but this one is definitely worth seeing on the big screen.
Extremely reminiscent of Cars, the movie follows Dusty Crophopper (a crop duster brought to life by Dane Cook), who wants to compete in an around-the-world race. The problem: He's not built for racing, and he's a bit terrified of heights (uh oh). It seems impossible that he could win, but with the help of Skipper (voiced by Stacy Keach), he finds his courage, and ... well, I won't spoil it for you, but suffice it to say, it's a feel-good ending.
There's lots of action, adventure, and even a little romance between Dusty and Dottie (Teri Hatcher). The story is fast-flying and easy to follow with a few twists and turns that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
There are few little jokes that have a touch of adult humor in them, but honestly, after seeing it, I couldn't figure out why it was rated PG instead of G. There's nothing I would find objectionable for either my 4-year-old or 10-year-old to see. It's a bit loud and intense, so it might be too much for some children, but for most who are used to big screen movies, I think it would be fine. I also loved the inspirational moral of the story that you can do things you don't think you're built to do.
Overall, I'd say it's a nice addition to the Disney family of films that both kids and adults will enjoy. I can't wait to take my own kids.
Here's a little preview to get your propellers primed.
Also, if you need a fun way to entertain your kids and get them in the mood, check out this "aerogami" tutorial that shows them how to make a really cool paper airplane.
Will you take your family to see Planes?
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