Planes: Fire and Rescue
Planes fire rescue poster
Film information
Directed by: Bobs Gannaway
Produced by: Ferrell Barron[1]
John Lasseter (executive producer)[2]
Music by: Mark Mancina
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures
DisneyToon Studios
Distributed by: Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
Release Date(s): July 18, 2014
Language: English
Preceded by: Planes

Planes: Fire & Rescue (also known as Planes 2: Fire & Rescue[3] or simply as Planes 2) is a 2014 theatrical sequel to the 2013 animated film Planes, a spin-off of Pixar's Cars franchise. Directed by Bobs Gannaway, produced by DisneyToon Studios and Ferrell Barron,[1] and executive produced by John Lasseter,[2] it was released in theaters on July 18, 2014 by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures.[4][5]


"Planes: Fire & Rescue features a quirky crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from a raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of wildfire air attack. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger (voice of Ed Harris) and his courageous air attack team, including spirited super scooper Lil' Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter (voice of Wes Studi), ex-military transport Cabbie (voice of Dale Dye) and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers (voices of Regina King, Corri English, Bryan Callen, Danny Pardo and Matt Jones). Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire, and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero."[6][7]

Voice Cast


According to director Roberts "Bobs" Gannaway, "The first film [directed by Klay Hall] was a race film. I wanted to look at a different genre, in this case, an action-disaster film." Production on Fire & Rescue began six months after the start of the first film. "We’ve been working on this film for nearly four years." The filmmakers researched the world of air-attack teams and smokejumpers by working with the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and sent a crew to the US Forest Services' annual training exercises for smokejumpers. Gannaway explained "We actually hooked cameras onto their helmets and had them drop out of the airplane so we could catch it on film." Nearly a year of research was done before the filmmakers started work on the story. The idea of Dusty becoming a fire and rescue plane was based on reality. Gannaway stated that during their research, they discovered that in 1955, crop dusters were among the first planes to be used in aerial fire-fighting, "There was a group of cropdusters who reworked their planes so they could drop water."[10]


Planes: Fire & Rescue will be released in theaters on July 18, 2014. The second official trailer for the film was released on April 8, 2014.[11] No release date for the DVD and Blu-ray has been confirmed.


Mark Mancina, who composed the music for the first film, returned for the sequel.[12] In addition, Brad Paisley wrote and performed a song for the film titled "All In".[9][13] Paisley also performed a song titled "Runaway Romance", co-written by Bobs Gannaway and Danny Jacob.[13] Spencer Lee performed an original song titled "Still I Fly".[13] The soundtrack album was released on July 15, 2014.[14][15]

Video Game

At E3 2014, it was announced that a video game for the film will be released for the Wii, Wii U, Nintendo DS and Nintendo 3DS on November 4, 2014.[16]

Potential Sequel

It has been confirmed by Carlos Alazraqui that the Planes series will be a trilogy.[17][18] A Disney staff member also stated that Planes 3 is in story development.[19] Instead of publishing an Art of book for the first film, Chronicle Books will publish The Art of Planes 1 & 2 to coincide with the release of Planes: Fire & Rescue.[20]

Besides the Planes series, DisneyToon is considering to make more spin-offs that would feature other vehicles like boats and trains, and which may go into production if Planes is well received.[21][22] John Lasseter said: "I kept thinking about—I’m a big train fanatic. I love trains. And I started thinking about trains, and boats and airplanes. And I kept wanting to have more and more of those type of characters. [...] It’s one of the ideas, that there will be an ongoing series. It almost starts getting into this thing where we fall in love with these plane characters, we want to see more and more stories with them. And then you start doing other vehicles and stuff like that. Yeah. So it kind of is a bigger idea that can keep expanding."[23]

International Release Dates

  • Israel - July 13, 2014
  • Argentina - July 17, 2014
  • Brazil - July 17, 2014
  • Chile - July 17, 2014
  • Hungary - July 17, 2014
  • Netherlands - July 17, 2014
  • Portugal - July 17, 2014
  • Serbia - July 17, 2014
  • United States - July 18, 2014
  • Japan - July 19, 2014
  • Belgium - July 23, 2014
  • France - July 23, 2014
  • Cambodia - July 24, 2014
  • United Kingdom - August 8, 2014
  • Ireland - August 8, 2014
  • Germany - August 14, 2014
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region - August 14, 2014
  • Taiwan - August 15, 2014
  • Italy - August 20, 2014
  • Philippines - August 20, 2014
  • Russia - August 21, 2014
  • Lithuania - August 22, 2014
  • Denmark - August 28, 2014
  • Greece - August 28, 2014
  • Sweden - August 29, 2014
  • Vietnam - August 29, 2014
  • Singapore - September 4, 2014
  • Australia - September 18, 2014
  • New Zealand - September 18, 2014
  • Indonesia - September 20, 2014


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    Two Dinoco cans seen in the film

    Dinoco cans are seen in a bar where Dusty is in.
  • Aside from the new title, the Planes logo appears to have a few small changes. For example:
    • The silver metal has been changed to bronze.
    • The small star below the title "Planes" has been changed to a sort of firehouse symbol, or the number "2" for countries where the film is titled Planes 2.
  • Planes: Fire & Rescue is the fourth entry in the Cars franchise. More Cars films are planned for the future, such as Planes 3[17][18][19] and Cars 3.[24]
  • In addition to car-ification and plane-ification, some aspects of Piston Peak National Park appear to be train-ified.
  • Known as a SEAT (Single Engine Air Tanker), crop dusters were among the first wildfire air attack aircraft. The first operational air tanker was a repurposed crop duster, which made the first air drop on the Mendocino National Forest in 1955.[25]
  • Blade Ranger and Windlifter are both helicopters, so filmmakers turned to world-renowned aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron to ensure they captured the helicopter flight authentically. Blade Ranger pulls some tricky maneuvers in the film that were reviewed and validated by Aaron.[25]
  • The film’s setting is inspired by elements from a host of national parks, including Yosemite and Yellowstone.[25]
    • National Parks Director Jonathan Jarvis was invited to DisneyToon Studios to view the film. He was thrilled with the attention to detail like the inclusion of rocking chairs in front of the fireplace.[25]
    • Yellowstone’s Old Faithful Inn served as inspiration for the film’s Grand Fusel Lodge.[25]
    • The railway station attached to the Grand Fusel Lodge was inspired by an actual station that once existed near Yellowstone’s north entrance and was designed by Robert Reamer, the architect of the Old Faithful Inn.[25]
  • Playing upon the theme of second chances and based on filmmakers’ real-life observations during research trips to aerial firefighting stations, much of the Piston Peak Air Attack Base set is made up of repurposed structures. Filmmakers learned that budgets are traditionally stretched by reusing items, so they incorporated the practice in Planes: Fire & Rescue. Maru is the ringleader when it comes to repurposing, repeating the mantra, ‘It’s better than new.’[25]


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Trailers and Clips



  1. 1.0 1.1 Disney’s Previews 14 Movies in Its Upcoming 2014 Movie Slate
  2. 2.0 2.1 Exclusive: New Poster for Disney’s Planes: Fire and Rescue
  3. Exclusive: DisneyToon Already Working on Planes Sequel
  4. The Muppets...Again is Now Muppets Most Wanted, Planes: Fire and Rescue Announced
  5. More Disney Release Dates: Two New Marvel Pics, ‘Alexander’, ‘Hundred-Foot Journey’, ‘Into The Woods’, ‘Planes’ Sequel Slotted
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 D23 Expo: New Art From the Upcoming Disney, Pixar and Disneytoon Movies
  7. 7.00 7.01 7.02 7.03 7.04 7.05 7.06 7.07 7.08 7.09 7.10 7.11 7.12 7.13 7.14 7.15 7.16 7.17 7.18 7.19 7.20 Meet the Characters from Planes: Fire & Rescue
  8. WATCH: ‘Planes 2: Fire & Rescue’ Full Length Trailer
  9. 9.0 9.1 Brad Paisley honors dad, firefighters in 'Planes' sequel
  10. First Clip from 'Planes: Fire & Rescue' Combines High-Flying Action With High-Energy Rock
  11. Planes: Fire & Rescue Debuts New Trailer
  12. Mark Mancina to Return for ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’
  13. 13.0 13.1 13.2 LISTEN: ‘All In’ by Brad Paisley from ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’
  14. Walt Disney Records to Release ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Soundtrack
  15. ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Soundtrack Details
  16. E3: Nintendo Names Future Disney Titles for ‘Big Hero 6,’ ‘Planes’ and More
  17. 17.0 17.1 Planes trilogy confirmed; Cryer’s recasting discussed
  18. 18.0 18.1 Bradley Raymond dishes dirt on the Disney Channel's "Pixie Hollow Games" TV special
  19. 19.0 19.1 TAG Blog
  20. Exclusive: The Art of Planes book to coincide with Planes 2
  21. Bob Hilgenberg and Rob Muir on the Rise and Fall of Disney’s Circle 7 Animation
  22. Disney's 'Cars 2' a Hit Already—in Stores
  23. In ‘Cars 2,’ John Lasseter Says Big Oil is the ‘Uber Bad Guy’
  24. Disney Plans Third ‘Cars,’ ‘The Incredibles 2′
  25. 25.0 25.1 25.2 25.3 25.4 25.5 25.6 ‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Fun Facts

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Media: Planes/Soundtrack/Video Game | Planes: Fire & Rescue/Soundtrack/Video Game | Planes: The Essential Guide | Big Golden Book | Little Golden Book

Characters: Dusty Crophopper | Skipper Riley | Sparky | Chug | Dottie | El Chupacabra | Ripslinger | Ishani | Bulldog | Rochelle | Ned and Zed | Bravo and Echo | Roper | Leadbottom | Fonzarelli | Franz | Colin Cowling | Little King | Arturo | LJH 86 Special | Brent Mustangburger | Tsubasa | Harland | Tripp | Dwight D. Flysenhower | Tractors | Judge Davis | Jan Kowalski | Van Der Bird | Sun Wing | Antonio | Mayday | Joey Dundee | Miguel | Ryker | Yellow Bird | Gunnar Viking | Siddeley | Lil' Dipper | Blade Ranger | Windlifter | Cabbie | Dynamite | Pinecone | Avalanche | Blackout | Drip | Secretary of the Interior | Harvey and Winnie | Nick "Loop'n" Lopez | Cad Spinner | Maru | Ol' Jammer | Pulaski | Muir | Bubba | Jigsaw Two | Jigsaw Three | Jigsaw Four | Lucas | Trev Diesel

Locations: Propwash Junction, Minnesota | New York | Germany | India | Himalayas | China | Mexico | Piston Peak National Park

Songs: Nothing Can Stop Me Now | You Don't Stop - NYC | Fly | Tere Bina | Love Machine | Ein Crop Duster Can Race | Still I Fly | Runaway Romance | All In

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