Saturday, December 20, 2014
1012 C Street  •  Floresville, TX 78114  •  Phone: 830-216-4519  •  Fax: 830-393-3219  • 

WCN Site Search


Lost & Found

Lost: Black manx cat (no tail), neutered male, medium build, shy, answers to Bear. Reward! 210-635-7560.
Found: Young black male Lab mix in the Cimarron Subdivision, Floresville. 210-237-8777.
Lost: Pit Bull, red/white female, off 319 and Hidden Deer in La Vernia, no collar, sores on front legs from allergies. 210-310-4458.
More Lost & Found ads ›

Help Wanted

Free line ads! Pay for 3 weeks when you place your ad and receive one week free. $8 for 20 words or less, 10¢ each add'l word. Credit card or electronic check processing. 830-216-4519.
EXPERIENCED COOK NEEDED FOR A MEXICAN RESTAURANT IN FLORESVILLE, MORNING HOURS. MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE. CALL 2105261786 AND LEAVE A MESSAGE
More Help Wanted ads ›

Featured Videos





Video Vault ›
TNMCRE/MAX homeRichardson Chevrolet home

Movie Reviews


Planes




E-Mail this Story to a Friend
Print this Story
Neil Pond
American Profile
August 21, 2013 | 2,499 views | Post a comment

Starring the voices of Dane Cook, Stacy Keach & Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Directed by Klay Hall
PG, 91 min.

Disney’s new yarn about a little underdog airplane with big dreams feels at times like the studio just strapped on some wings another movie.

That movie would be “Cars.”

In fact, one of the producers is digital-animation guru-exec John Lasseter, who directed both “Cars” and its sequel, and “Toy Story” and its sequel, for Pixar. (Disney purchased Pixar in 2006; Lasseter now heads the creative divisions of both merged companies). And “Planes” even reveals, on a placard, before the opening scene comes into view that we’re in “The World of Cars,” a bustling alt-universe where people don’t exist, but mechanized vehicles have personalities, ambitions, “facial” features, and the voices of Hollywood stars.

In this case, we have the spunky, propeller-driven crop duster, Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook), whose day-to-day job spreading mulch is enlivened by his aspirations to compete in an airplane race around the world.

Dusty is prepped for the contest by Skipper (Stacy Keach), a crusty U.S. Navy WWII fighter; Chug, an airstrip fuel truck (Brad Garret); and Dottie (Teri Hatcher), a detail-obsessed forklift. Dusty has a big problem, though: He’s afraid of heights.

Once he’s cleared for take-off with the big boys of international air racing, our little crop duster meets up with even more colorful characters. El Chupacabra (Carlos Alazraqui), Mexico’s greatest aerial racer, provides many of the movie’s best comedic moments, including an amusing reworking of the ’70s disco hit “Love Machine.”

Bulldog (John Cleese) is a British plane that has trouble keeping the traditional English stiff upper lip when he gets emotional. Julia Louis-Dreyfus provides the voice of a sleek Canadian competitor, Rochelle, a bit of an inside joke for “Seinfeld” fans. During a segment that recalls a scene from “Top Gun,” you’ll hear two actors from that ’80s classic, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards, as the fighter jets.

Dusty runs into trouble when the race’s cocky star flier, Ripslinger (Roger Craig Smith), panicked at the prospect of losing to the rival “farm boy” airplane “built for seed, not speed,” resorts to dirty tricks.

Like most Disney flicks, “Planes” has both humor and heart. But this project, done not by the company’s legendary film division but instead by its DisneyToons (video) department, feels somewhat like it started out with only half hopes of becoming a “real” Disney movie. (It was originally planned as a direct-to-DVD release, but later deemed good enough for theaters.)

There’s just something about “Planes” that never quite, well, takes wing. For all its scenes in the air, so much of it seems to be back on the ground---and the highway. When the airplanes are about to take off to begin their big race, the grandstands are packed with little automobiles, cheering wildly for their propeller-nosed cousins. The storyline of an international marathon race follows the setup of “Cars 2.”

And one recurring character, Dusty’s biggest fan, is a German car that literally morphs into an airplane by sliding a pair of wings onto its hood.

Thanks again for the reminder, Mr. Lasseter. Yes, you made “Cars” and “Cars 2.” And now you’ve made “Planes”...by putting some wings onto some cars. We get it.

Even more importantly, I suspect you hope the “it” that people who see “Planes” get are loads of spin-off merchandise: plane-themed toys, trinkets, apparel, and who-knows-what else. Those things will likely be just as important as the box office to the bottom line of this little movie that sputters as it tries to soar above its own been-there, done-that, toy-story roots.
 


Your Opinions and Comments

Be the first to comment on this story!

You must be logged in to post comments:



Other Movie Reviews

Pursch Motors
John D. Foster home
Floresville EDC
Pat Brown Realtors, Inc. home
Caraway Ford
Abrego Lake
DDS Dentures & Dental Services Right-side banner
Sherwood Surveying
WCN border security forum video 2014
Wilson's Auto Chooser
Drama Kids International
Hoelschers home
Sacred Heart School
Allstate & McBride RealtyVoncille Bielefeld homeTriple R DC ExpertsBlue Moon Karaoke & DJChester WilsonHeavenly Touch homeEast Central Driving School

  Copyright © 2007-2014 Wilson County News. All rights reserved. Web development by Drewa Designs.