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Like many of you, we have been counting down the weeks/days until the Disney movie Planes came out! We are big fans of many of these types of Disney movies, and obviously we are big fans of planes in general. To be honest, I was even excited about all the Planes memorabilia that would inevitably make its way into our house. So, we made a date with another family and bought tickets to opening night at a local theater that also serves food…and beer (the best combo for movies!). The day finally arrived, and last night we took two very excited 3 1/2 year old girls to see Planes!
Since I know many of you will be doing the same, here are a few thoughts:
- Not surprisingly, it is very much like the movie Cars. In fact, a few minor characters from Cars make appearances in this movie. If your kiddo liked Cars, there is a good chance they will like this one.
- There is a bunch of flying/racing in this movie. Again, this isn’t surprising, but I think some of the younger crew can start to get a little bored while the planes are just flying around in the clouds.
- Our kids filled some of that flying time by “flying” their own die-cast Planes characters during the race scenes, so consider bringing a Planes toy or two if you have them.
- Some planes do get shot down during a memory of WWII, so just be aware if that will upset your kiddos.
- Get popcorn. Popcorn works magic to keep little mouths quiet and keep kids occupied during slow parts.
- Even on opening night at a theater that also serves beer, almost all in attendance had kids with them, so don’t worry too much if your kid isn’t 100% silent during the movie, you won’t be the only one.
- Here are some more tips for taking young kids to see movies from a post I wrote after C saw her very first movie a few years ago.
I though the lead character, a crop-duster named Dusty, was cute. I also liked his mentor, a WWII F4U Corsair fighter aircraft named Skipper. However, though I wanted to love the movie, it is just okay. It was originally supposed to be direct to DVD, and while I’m glad they brought it to the “big screen” since we did have a ton of fun going to see it last night, it isn’t near as good of a movie as Cars. The characters just aren’t as developed, the story line isn’t as interesting, and it never really drew you in. Of course, we are talking about a kid’s cartoon here, so it really is okay that it wasn’t amazing.
If you like planes and your kid wants to see the movie, then I would go and have a good time. It is visually impressive and it wasn’t terrible, it just wasn’t that great. It was kind of like Cars 2, but without you already being somewhat invested in the characters from Cars. We’ll still get some of the toys because planes themselves are awesome, but I recommend going into the movie with appropriate expectations. Have fun!