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Published September 9th 2013
Kids have their say

Kids just love going to the movies, and nowadays with animation and advances in technology, movies are becoming bigger and better. Seeing a movie in 3D is now all the rage and kids love the whole experience.

Crop duster Dusty. Photo: Disney

I took three kids to the premiere of the new Disney movie 'Planes' in 3D. As this is a kids movie, who better to review it than the little tackers themselves.

'Planes' follows the story of Dusty, a crop duster with dreams of competing as a high flying air racer. However, there's one problem; Dusty isn't built for racing and is afraid of heights. He turns to Skipper a seasoned naval aviator to help him qualify.

Skipper. Photo: Disney

It has all the right mix of adventure, action, comedy, excitement, dynamic animation, and characters the kids can connect with. The underlying messages teaching kids the value of friendship, team work, achieving their dreams, and that nice guys can finish first or last. It has just the right blend of characters, all different in personality, with each attracting their own fan base.

El Chupacabra. Photo: Disney

Rochelle. Photo: Disney

Follow the romance between intensely charming Latino plane El Chupacabra, and confident and capable Australian rally champ Rochelle.

Ripslinger. Photo: Disney

The biggest name in air racing and villain Ripslinger has a dark side, and past secrets surface from recluse old navy corsair and former instructor Skipper.

Skipper. Photo: Disney

You'll fall in love with exotic and mysterious reigning Pan Asian Champion Ishani, and there's magic moments and hilarious one liners from veteran British racer Bulldog.

Ishani. Photo: Disney

Bulldog. Photo: Disney

Dusty's friends, straight shooter forklift and ace mechanic Dottie, and larger than life fuel truck Chug, are supportive of Dusty's dreams, but will he crash and burn? Has Dusty set his 'heights' too high?

Dottie. Photo: Disney

Chug. Photo: Disney

Here's what the kids had to say. Girls Jalen 13, Akasha 7, and 5 year old boy Phoenix.

What was your favourite part of the movie?
Jalen: When Dusty helped his friend Bulldog (who wasn't really his friend at the time) from the UK. There was a special moment between the two when Dusty helped him out of a dire situation during the race and jeopardised his own position.
Akasha: When Dusty first had the chance to compete as a professional racing plane. He was a crop duster and so it was hard for him to do that.
Phoenix: I liked all the times that Dusty raced.

Who was your favourite plane?
Jalen: Ishani the beautiful Indian girl plane. Dusty fell in love with her at first sight, however she tricked him and later learned a lesson in loyalty. I particularly loved her accent.
Akasha: Dusty because he's awesome. He chased his dream to become a racer even though others told him he couldn't do it.
Phoenix: Skipper, the plane that helped Dusty. He could move his wings up and down and helped Dusty learn to race.

Dusty fell in love when he first saw Ishani. Photo: Disney

What did you think was the funniest part in the movie?
Jalen: When two female flight attendants at the airport terminal were talking about a plane that had 'too much baggage'. The conversation went something like "well I mean I know he's a nice guy but I think he has too much baggage!"
Akasha: When the British plane said "I don't cry… I'm British!"
Phoenix: When El Cupacabra (the Mexican plane) was chasing the Australian girl plane.

If you could be friends with any of the planes who would it be?
Jalen: Dusty. I liked his personality because he is kind and caring. I liked that even though he was born a crop duster he did not feel he had to stay a crop duster – he became a racer because he wanted to be. He always felt like one despite the fact that others doubted him. He loved racing and was dedicated to doing what he loved.
Akasha: I would definitely be friends with Skipper, Dusty and Ishani. Skipper because he is a nice plane and he could teach me how to fly. I would be friends with Dusty because he could dust our crops in our paddocks (we have a farm) and Ishani because she is fabulous.
Phoenix: Skipper because I like him better.

Which plane was the funniest?
Jalen: El Cupacabra the Mexican racing plane. He was just hilarious.
Akasha: Bulldog the British plane, because he said most of the funny lines. He acted funny and sounded so posh.
Phoenix: El Cupacabra because he didn't give up chasing the girl.

Which plane would you like to hang at McDonalds with?
Akasha: Ishani because I would like to hear her order the food - I liked her accent.
Phoenix: Dusty because he's cool.

Was there anything sad about the movie?
Jalen: Not at all, it's family friendly and kids of all ages will love it as well as parents. There's adult and child humour with a good message to do what you love and not let anyone stop you.
Akasha: There was a sad part when Dusty almost had no more life left in him and was going to be recycled.
Phoenix: It was scary when Dusty crashed into the water and drowned. It was the most saddest bit of the movie.

What would you tell to your friends about the movie?
Jalen: If you loved the movie Cars, you will love Planes.
Akasha: It's the best movie in the world.
Phoenix: When this movie comes out on DVD I want to get it.

Planes. Photo: Disney

Disney's Planes takes off in cinemas for the September school holidays, and will be presented in Disney Digital 3D™ in select cinemas. You will love it.
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Why? I cried three times. It's up there with the best of kids movies
Where: All cinemas
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