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Planes: Spinoff of Cars doesn’t fly high

The plot of Planes promises a message of underdog acceptance, but delivers tiresome clichés that dull any emotional impact.

1 out of 4 stars

Written by
Jeffrey M. Howard
Directed by
Klay Hall
Dane Cook, Stacy Keach, Brad Garrett

Planes is a spinoff of Pixar's popular Cars franchise, yet the CGI titans disassociated themselves from the project despite the inevitable mountains of profit. After viewing the movie, it's easy to see why.

Despite gorgeous visuals from an army of Disney animators, the film is one of the weakest the studio has produced in years and deserved a bargain-bin DVD release. The script merely rehashes Cars with wings for an international aviation race between anthropomorphized planes.

That setting suggests a multicultural learning experience for children, but delivers a collection of racial stereotypes of varying degrees of offensiveness.

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The plot promises a message of underdog acceptance, but delivers tiresome clichés that dull any emotional impact.

Even the celebrity voice cast populated primarily by comedians (well, if Dane Cook counts) can't find a single laugh. The movie exists only to advertise tie-in toys, and judging by silently bored kids at a recent screening, even that blatantly commercial goal won't be met.

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