“When you combine imagination with passion,
the unbelievable becomes a reality.”
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"The Best Family Movie of 2013"
My life is a perfect mix of Aviation, Family, and Entertainment. Not only have I recently been writing novels and studying film, but I see on average 4 movies a month. I have six grandchildren (number seven coming soon) and have been flying for 35 years. Family and Aviation are my life, with a wind shift toward the entertainment industry. So you can imagine the excitement I felt when I learned that Disney created a movie that connects all my worlds, and invited me to be one of the first to view it.
Last week I had the great honor of visiting the DisneyToon Studios for the screening of the Disney movie Planes. I also met the talented individuals who created this fantastic movie, and learned how they made it—no easy task. But a passion of love. Four years in the making and research that took them around the world from Fargo to India and beyond, Oshkosh to the Reno Air Races... and everywhere in between. They left no details flapping in the wind.
What makes this movie so good?
In addition to extensive research…
The creators filled the screen with passion!
|Cedric the Entertainer|
Anyone who has ever flown a plane will connect with the characters in this movie. Granted they are animated ... and airplanes. But when they take to the sky you are right there with them. You feel their passion for flight, as they carry you back to the good ole days. And for those who have not flown, this movie will transport your heart and soul into the sky ... where dreams are made. How could this movie be anything but inspirational when the entire team loves aviation, and they put their hearts and souls into making it!
Klay Hall, the director grew up with a Navy dad and said, "I'm passionate about everything aviation." When he spoke of his movie, the smile never faded and the stories flew. I think he said something about having fairy dust on himself, and never wanted to wake up.
The screenplay author, Jeffery M. Howard, is an aviation buff, too. He was born on Hamilton Air Force Base, CA. Touched by jets from birth. I suspect both these gentlemen might have aviation fuel in their blood.
I’m not sure if I met one person who did not love airplanes, and felt a connection to the sky and this project.
|Roger Craig Smith|
Planes is also the most aviation technically correct movie I have seen in a long time—if ever. How did Disney to do it right?
They consulted an International 747-400 Airline Captain to be an advisor. Sean has been flying since he was 16-years-old, and has over 40 years of experience, including F16 and F4 fighter jets. We're keeping his identity secret to keep his full-time job in tact. But a great guy flying one of my favorite planes.
Jason McKinley, a pioneer in the world of aviation and flight animation sat on the team as their flight supervisor. He played a key role in designing sets to fit the flying scenes, and believes that this is his best work in animation that he's accomplished to date. And that speaks volumes with his success.
The talent of the artists Art Hernandez, Thomas Leavitt, and Ryan Carlson speak for itself in their artwork. Dan Abraham’s work as the Head of Story… well, what can I say? These are some of the most talented artists around. Their drawings and the sets are fabulous.
They even taught us how to draw Dusty.
The Disney Plane team created a world based on reality, with an aviation theme. They pulled the architecture from around the globe, and embedded it with aviation surprises. This is one movie you will watch many times and appreciate the million little details painted in plane sight, behind the scenes.
One of the nicest things about the movie is that there are no scary parts for the little ones. Five of my grandchildren are three and under, and sometimes the shows, even cartoons, can be a bit frightening for the little guys. And for the big guys… you will be too busy laughing.
You do not need a child to enjoy this film. The humor trickled throughout will keep you grinning, and thoroughly entertained.
The movie Planes is uplifting, and inspirational. You find yourself routing for the planes with the children. There is an underlying theme that leaves you hopeful, with a lesson we all want our children to learn. There is nothing you cannot do, if follow your heart and dreams.
They strategically selected voices for the planes. Nothing was random. Can you say Goose and Iceman? Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards are Bravo and Echo. All characters fit the planes' personalities, and the countries of origin. Did I tell you this movie connects the world?
|Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards|
The DisneyToon Team has created the best family movie that I have ever seen. I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone... young and old. So all you pilots out there, if you don’t have children, or grandchildren, and are intimidated to go alone—borrow a kid. You won't be disappointed.
For everyone else... you do not need to be a pilot to love it.
Planes is a movie for the entire family.
OH... And the Video Games are Awesome!
(Nintendo and Wii)
I had the chance to play and the kids will have a blast.
Please leave a comment and Thank the Film Makers of Planes, and DisneyToon Studio, for their hard work and dedication to entertaining the world. And for allowing me to share this experience with you. They are breathing life back into the world of aviation. August 9th cannot get here soon enough.
Enjoy the Journey!