Box art for Planes


  • Rated PG
  • HD and SD formats available

anime & animation, children & family

Soar with Dusty, a plane who dreams of becoming a daring air racer.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

ON for kids age 5
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
0 out of 5
Educational value
1 out of 5
1 out of 5
Positive messages
3 out of 5
Positive role models
2 out of 5
Sexy Stuff
2 out of 5
Violence & scariness
2 out of 5

Airborne adventure is OK for a few laughs; some stereotypes.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that Disney's Planes is an adventure that, like Cars, takes place in a world populated by vehicles. A few scenes of peril that place main characters in danger (a terrible storm, a squadron of fighter planes crashing, etc.) may upset younger/more sensitive kids, as may the tension of the big race itself. Because the story is about a crop duster who dares to compete against racing planes, many insults are hurled his way -- like "farm boy," "loser," and "bum," as well as "idiot" and "moron." There's an overt romantic subplot between two secondary characters, including a moonlight serenade and the appearance of lots of kiss marks on the male plane's body. Parents are likely to notice a quick derogatory reference to male planes as "ladies" and a lot of cultural stereotypes in the movie (which warrant a post-viewing check-in with kids). But ultimately the message encourages kids to overcome their limitations.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about Planes' message. What does Dusty learn over the course of the movie? Kids: How can you apply the movie's lessons to your own life?
  • Several cultural stereotypes are depicted in the movie -- like the Mexican wrestler, the mariachi band, the idea that the British don't cry, etc. What's the difference between falling back on a stereotype and highlighting funny generalizations about certain groups of people?
  • Kids: What made you want to see this movie -- the story or all of the product tie-ins and its similarities to Cars? Does the movie make you want a toy or clothes with Dusty or the other characters' pictures on it?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: It's the cinematic equivalent of those Chinese knockoff luxury sedans.

- A.A. Dowd, AV Club, Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rotten: As with "Cars," the world of "Planes" feels safe. A little too safe, perhaps.

- Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times, Thursday, August 8, 2013

Rotten: It's not terrible, but it still feels like a waste.

- Bilge Ebiri, New York Magazine/Vulture, Thursday, August 8, 2013

Audience Reviews

1 star

Planes is one of the first animated features that I've actually found to be not up to the standards of what I've expected from Disney. This is a tiresome film that is quite dull and it recycles ideas from previous animated outings, Cars being the most prominent example. The film is really not that entertaining to begin with, though the voice cast is interesting, there is nothi9ng good to really enjoy here. The animation is wonderful, but that doesn't redeem Planes from being a poor effort on the part of Disney. This was a film that could have been good, but instead it fails to be truly entertaining and fun from start to finish. During the film, some people actually left and asked for a refund. This is purely and simply put a lazy movie that just isn't worth your time. The film was originally intended for a straight to DVD release, and it should have been so. This film was a sheer disappointment. The only thing that stands out here is the animation, but that's it. The film really isn't worth your time, and it is among Disney's worst computer animated features. Hopefully they'll redeem themselves with future movies, but Planes fails to take flight, and stalls in terms of an engaging, fun storyline and entertainment value. I really didn't enjoy this movie and it's quite forgettable in the long run. Disney have made finer animated films than this, but with Planes, it's clear that they're scraping the bottom of the barrel of ideas. This film should have been good, but instead it's a boring movie that just fails and it leaves you wanting much more out of the film. Planes is not worth your time.

- TheDudeLebowski65, Wednesday, August 28, 2013

0 star

A really bad animated movie with great animation. Full review on my Letterboxd themoviefreak2001. GRADE:D-

- jcareb, Sunday, September 29, 2013

1 star

I was expecting more from this Cars spin off. The film is exactly like Cars but a different ending. I am surprised that the film got a theatrical release rather than it's original direct to DVD release. The film is predictable and nothing really new here. The film reminded me a little of Valiant and Rio. Turbo, which came out last month, I thought was better than this film. The animation is ok. People can get confused thinking that Pixar made the film. I did like that the film does an homage to Top Gun. I love that they got Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards from Top Gun to do voice work here. There is another scene that reminded me of a scene from Pearl Harbor. Overall, the actors providing the voices are ok, but none of them are spectacular.

- SC007, Thursday, August 22, 2013