Before Disney Planes was ever released on Blu-ray/DVD, I knew my son would love it. As a big Cars fan, he had already began collecting all the Planes characters and we were waiting for the release on November 19th. I had already been aware of the premise behind the movie and liked to use Dusty as a way to explain to Judah the importance of trying and sticking to things, of not letting his differences stop him and to not let the desire to have something cloud his good nature.
I was really excited to get the opportunity to watch Disney Planes early with my son. It came on an especially hard day for him and it was a great way to not only cheer him up, but to share the great messages that the film offers.
Disney Planes follows a cropduster named Dusty Crophopper who has a dream of flying in the Wings Across the World race. He knows that even trying out will push his limits as cropdusters are not supposed to fly fast and he has a fear of heights, but he has the desire to show that he can be more than what he was made for. Even though no one believes he can do it (aside from his best friend Chugger – a fuel truck) and he is picked on and told to go home, Dusty pushes forward and soon everyone sees that there is a lot more to him than just being a cropduster.
In some ways the character Dusty and Judah have common ground. They both strive to do more than what others think they are capable of. My son has delays in many areas and it is our concern that the people around him will look at him as the other planes do Dusty, that he wasn’t born with the same capabilities as them. Although he has always struggled to do things that seem natural to other children his age, he has always persevered and he has always given it his best shot. That is the greatest value in life that we can press upon him, to not give up, which is why Disney Planes is such a great movie for kids like him.
One other character who plays a very important role in the film is Skipper Riley, a Navy war plane that becomes Dusty’s mentor. Skipper is an elderly recluse plane that refuses to fly and in the beginning had tried to persuade Dusty to give up his dream. Seeing how important it was for him and perhaps a bit of himself in the cropduster, Skipper decides to help mentor him in the race. At one point in the film Dusty tries to lie to Skipper about why he wouldn’t fly high and Skipper teaches him the motto of his old squadron, “Volo Pro Veritas – I fly for truth” and refuses to help him unless he can fly with honesty and truth.
Although Skipper seems to be the one teaching Dusty throughout most of the movie, Dusty winds up teaching Skipper one of the greatest lessons throughout the film – to have courage. This is actually one of the most powerful scenes for my son and he always grabs his little Skipper plane and tells Skipper it’s okay to fly. It almost breaks your heart! But it also shows that he understands how things can be hard and sometimes scary, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try.
Planes teaches kids many Disney Values:
- To have courage in who you are.
- To be true to yourself.
- To always try your best.
- To always help others in trouble if you are capable.
- To be a good friend.
- To never give up on your dream, no matter what.
- That everyone should be given the chance to try.
- That what appears as someone’s shortcoming may in fact be their strength.
- That some of us may fly differently, but that doesn’t mean they can’t make it.
There are a lot of really great special features on the Disney Blu-ray/DVD Combo as well. One of our favorites is the “Franz’s Song”. Franz is a little German aerocar (a car that can fly) who is not only Dusty’s first official fan, but also helps him realize that changing certain things about him doesn’t make him less of who he is. Although the deeper meaning doesn’t come across in the short scene that Franz is in, you can watch the extended scene that was created where Franz and Dusty talk and it breaks into song. I can see why they removed it. Disney/Pixar films aren’t generally into the Disney musical animation styles, but I’m really glad that they added it as a bonus feature.
Other action packed bonus features are:
- Deleted Scenes
- Top Ten Flyers – A count down of the worlds most famous aviators hosted by Colin Cowherd.
- Meet the Racers
- Klay’s Flight Page
If you are looking for a family movie that shares a great message for kids, this is honestly on the top of my list. Disney/Pixar always makes great characters that are not only amusing, but also have a lot of heart. Disney Planes offers a wonderful cast of characters that share with children the importance of having integrity, strength and courage in themselves and to never, ever, give up.
No matter what type of plane or kid you are, we can be more than our limitations.
You can pick up Disney Planes on Blu-ray Combo (Blu-ray/DVD/Digital HD) on November 19th! Make sure to follow along with your children at Disney Planes Facebook Page, @DisneyPictures on Twitter and/or share your love of planes by pinning at Disney Planes Pinterest Page!