(2014) (voices of Dane Cook, Ed Harris) (PG)
- QUICK TAKE:
- Animated Action: In an animated world where airplanes and cars and other modes of transportation have become sentient, a champion racing plane trains with an elite fire and rescue squad when his damaged gearbox forces him to retire from competition.
- In an world where vehicles and all modes of transportation are sentient, champion air racer Dusty Crophopper (voice of DANE COOK) learns that his gearbox is failing and that the manufacturer no longer makes that particular model. As a result, he can no longer push himself to maximum speeds and has to retire from racing. His friends from the first film -- Skipper (voice of STACY KEACH), Dottie (voice of TERI HATCHER), and Chug (BRAD GARRETT) -- work hard to try and find a replacement gearbox. But to remain useful to his small town of Propwash Junction, Dusty decides to go train with an elite team of Fire & Rescue planes and vehicles to help out Propwash's lone fire truck, Mayday (voice of HAL HOLBROOK).
He comes under the tutelage of Blade Ranger (voice of ED HARRIS), the team leader who is haunted by a tragedy in his past. Dusty also draws the eye of a frisky female rescue plane named Lil' Dipper (voice of JULIE BOWEN) and is befriended by Maru (voice of CURTIS ARMSTRONG), a headstrong mechanic vehicle, and Windlifter (voice of WES STUDI), a Native American helicopter who dispenses sage advice at different points in the film. Dusty's daredevil, hot-dog ways clashes with the squad's team efficiency and he has to ultimately learn to work in a group.
This becomes especially important when a massive forest fire threatens a landmark resort known as the Fuse Lodge, run by a greedy superintendent named Cad (voice of JOHN MICHAEL HIGGINS). All of the vehicles staying at the property are in mortal jeopardy, including an elderly couple of RVs named Winnie (voice of ANNE MEARA) and Harvey (voice of JERRY STILLER) there celebrating their golden anniversary.
- WILL KIDS WANT TO SEE IT?
- Yes, especially boys 8 and under. It's like a feature-length animated toy commercial.
- WHY THE MPAA RATED IT: PG
- For action and some peril.
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