Have I ever mentioned how much I love blogging? I don’t just mean having a place of my own to write about my life and the cute things my kids do and say, although I do absolutely enjoy using my blog for this exact purpose. No, I was referring to the adventure MapleMouseMama has been fortunate enough to partake in recently. That adventure I am calling “Movie Screenings? Oh Ya Baby!” Okay, forget the silliness, but understand this; getting to see a movie for free, before it is released to the general public, especially when it is a Disney movie (or affiliate) AND being referred to as the Press or Media whilst there, is cray cray as my daughter would say!!
My most recent stint was at the advanced screening for Disney’s “PLANES” which was released to the world at large just today. My kids, hubby and I headed into Toronto to the Scotiabank Theatre where we dined on caviar and Dole Whips from the special seating area reserved for Press, all the while fielding furtive glances from the local radio contest winners. :-) Okay, I’m kidding. No caviar and Dole Whips, but we did have reserved seats and I can tell you I just love how that makes me feel.♥ So special. ♥
So, the movie. First let me just say that I love and adore Disney. They can do almost no wrong in my eyes (except not pick me for the Moms Panel, but that is for another time :-( ), but aside from getting to view this movie for free, I was not compensated in any other way and the opinions expressed here are all mine. :-) I went in with high expectations for being wowed and entertained and the movie did not let me down. The animation was first rate with all of the wonderful little quirks that Disney Studios is known for. For example, the Dusty paraphernalia that is sold during the race to promote the underdog. Disney fans love a good Mickey Head antenna ball, but wait until you see the Dusty one. ♥
Now I assume you have an idea of what the movie is about, but if not have a peek at my little synopsis HERE. Dusty, a crop duster plane, is the underdog in a race around the world and he has his team of supporters, including Skipper, an old Navy war hero. I loved how Disney incorporated planes, or characters from different countries around the world. It was sweet, added some flavour to the film and, well, done already. :-( Like I said, I love Disney, but I was really hoping that “PLANES” would not just be “Cars” on crack ;-) Throughout several scenes I found myself thinking, “Yup, I knew that was gonna happen.” Don’t misunderstand me though, “PLANES” is a great movie with a good storyline and kids will eat it up, even if it does taste a little bit like airplane food.
This movie still delivers on the underdog gets his day theme and let’s face it, isn’t that what we love most about Disney flicks? The beautiful house maiden meets her prince and moves to the castle. The tough ole street doggie with no home meets his Lady and moves uptown. Even a wooden puppet makes the day of his creator and becomes a real boy. The little blooming love story on the side with the really cute French Canadian racing plane Rochelle had this Canuck chEARing. Did you know that Rochelle, originally from Quebec, will be localized to 11 countries by having her paint job and flag changed? I am not sure how I feel about that. I like having Canada represented so to change her depending on the country where the movie is showing seems wrong. Why not have the British plane, Bulldog be the one to change? Okay, maybe this is just childish on my part, but hey, what is a MapleMouseMama supposed to think?
If you love Disney you will love “PLANES”. If you like spending time in a theatre with a bunch of kids hopped up on pop and candy, knock yourself out. My ten year old loved the movie and says she would go again. The four year old, while a huge “Cars” fan, was asking to leave about half way in. Yes, I am serious. That could be due in part to the hour as the screening was at 7pm. I think he will enjoy the movie more from home, in his own environment. I should point out that this movie was in 3D, which I am not typically a fan of. It doesn’t help that I wear glasses, have to wear glasses, and this is a pain with the 3D specs they give you. Having said that Disney does the 3D really well in “PLANES”, much better then I expected. There are a few gut wrenching plunges and dives that will have you exclaiming out loud. It is nice to have a new movie to add to our children’s library of Disney animation, but unlike the revolutionary “Cars“, I don’t see a sequel in Dusty’s future. I think his wings will be clipped.***
Will you be heading to the theatre to see “PLANES” or will you wait for the DVD to come out? Thanks for stopping by.
***Author’s note: It would appear I am wrong about there not being a sequel to “PLANES”. I shouldn’t be surprised, but I am a little stunned it is happening so soon. The sequel to “PLANES” is called “Planes: Fire and Rescue“ and you can read a bit more about it HERE.