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Soaring aerial sequences, blazing action and easy-going chuckles are once more folded into a predictable story in this sequel that's slightly better than its predecessor. When his old-fashioned gearbox collapses and a replacement can't be found, Dusty Crophopper (returning voice Dane Cook) fears his racing days are over. So he retrains as a fire-fighter under the instruction of helicopter Blade Ranger (Ed Harris) just as a raging forest fire threatens Piston Peak National Park. Extensive research means director Bobs Gannaway and his animation team illustrate the perils of forest fires with photorealistic flame effects and are equally specific on the elaborate methods used to extinguish them. Plot detours into themes of ageing and death are unusually well handled, too. If it does become faintly dull and preachy, the trim humour and detailing - the
, Motorjito cocktails, the pickup truck with superb pickup lines - soon get it squarely back on the fun runway.
A racing plane suffers damage to his engine, and realises he can never compete again. He starts a new career as a member of a firefighting squadron, which proves more dangerous than he expected when the aircraft have to deal with a massive forest blaze. Animated adventure sequel, with the voices of Dane Cook and Ed Harris.
Cast & Crew
John Michael Higgins
DVD and Blu-ray
8 Aug 2014
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