New ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Trailer & Images: Aircraft vs. Forest Fires

Published 1 year ago by , Updated March 11th, 2014 at 4:01 am,

Shared movie universes aren’t just for superheroes anymore, they’re also for computer-animated anthropomorphized vehicles. In 2013, DisneyToon Studios released Planes, a 3D cartoon feature that is self-described as taking place in the same world as Disney/Pixar’s Cars movies (despite having no characters in common) – some kind of alternate-reality (or is it some bizarre dystopian future?) where there are no humans, only talking vehicles. One is left to wonder how they sustain their numbers.

Anyway, the end credits for Planes wrapped up with a title card that promised the return of protagonist Dusty Crophopper (Dane Cook) in a sequel, titled Planes: Fire & Rescue. Following the premiere of a teaser trailer last year, a full-blown theatrical preview has been released for the second Planes installment, along with new images that showcase a few of the future toys (too easy, I know) characters that will be introduced.

Fire & Rescue picks up with Dusty, who is no longer an underdog competitor but the top-dog in the world of aerial flight. Unfortunately, engine problems force Dusty to move away from the world of international air-racing and try his hand at a new career: fighting wildfires for a living, alongside the most highly-trained and skilled firefighting helicopters and all-terrain vehicles in the world.


As far as trailers go, the latest for Fire & Rescue is rather uneven; it awkwardly blends an inspirational tone, visuals and musical accompaniment with ill-fitting family-friendly jokes and vehicle puns. Obviously, that won’t matter much to those moviegoers whose kids are already excited to see the film – or older non-parent moviegoers who have no interest in seeing this flick to begin with – but still, at least the marketing could be up to scratch.

The confirmed voice cast for Fire & Rescue also includes Julie Bowen (Modern Family) as Lil Dipper, a shiny yellow vehicle and new acquaintance/quasi-love interest for Dusty in the sequel. Offscreen, Planes director Klay Hall was replaced on this film by Roberts Gannaway, a director and/or producer on Disney programs like the Timon & Pumbaa and House of Mouse cartoon series, in addition to the company’s direct-to-DVD Lilo & Stitch movie spinoffs.


Planes: Fire & Rescue opens in theaters on July 18th, 2014.

Source: Yahoo! Movies

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  1. Disney… making sequels to epic flops for some reason.

    • Except that Planes wasn’t an “epic flop.” It made a lot of money.

      • It may do even more considering how there’s hardly any family films out for the summer aside from how to train your dragon 2.

        But what he probably mean by flop is that hardly anyone liked it. Even fans of cars 2 (like myself) were hardpressed to find anything good about planes. This may be slightly better (different plot at least) but not by that much.

        • I didn’t think it was particularly bad, just a by the number formulaic kids movie. It had some chuckle worthy gags amongst a rather inoffensive if mediocre backdrop. Not really sure what Disney saw in it that elevated it from direct-to-dvd to theatrical release but if it made money for them that is all it needed to do.

          • Planes wasn’t the worst animated film of 2013 (Escape from Planet Earth was) and is passable as a dvd flick. However, in theaters, it paled in comparison to most other animated films with a rushed plot and bland characters.

  2. These movies are fun, my son and I sit and watch them together. We especially liked the Cars movies and Mater Tales.

  3. Seems like the Dane Train derailed and is hurting for some work.

  4. So they make a sequel to this POS, but no Incredibles 2? Maybe Disney feels they don’t want to have competition with their Marvel superhero films?

    • The Incredibles and Ratatouille were Brad Bird Films. He is now busy with a live action movie “Tomorrowland”. Pixar is not going to make sequels of these movies without him.

  5. At first it took me a while to try to come to grips with the fact that they made Cars 2 and the subsequent “sequels” instead of making Incredibles 2, then i walked into a Disney store and pretty much any Wal-Mart or Toys r Us. All of the toys are everywhere…still! And in Canada they are as much as $5-$10 per car (a little bigger then the regular Hot Wheels toy). It is a lot easier for them to be pumping out mediocre (at best) movies as long as they can keep pumping out all the toys that go along with them. A tale as old as time, where the money is there is Disneys heart.