Dusty goes 3D
The new Planes movie sees Dusty grow in character and strength
PLANES: Fire & Rescue is the latest offering from Disney Pix ar.
A sequel to the popular Planes, this new adventure comedy tells the t ale of a d ynamic crew of elite fir efighting air craft de voted t o pr otecting historic Pis ton Peak National Park fr om r aging wildfire.
When worldfamous air racer Dusty Crophopper learns that his engine is damaged and he may never r ace ag ain, he mus t shift g ears and so is launched int o the w orld of aerial fir efighting.
“It’s a movie about sec ond chances,” says director B obs G annaway ( Secret of the Wing s). “Each character was something else before finding their current roles, and Dusty is a crop duster turned racer who can’t race any more. When we learnt that his torically, the v ery fir st air at tack teams were crop dusters, it was clear that the plane was t elling us w here the s tory was g oing.”
Dusty joins forces with veteran fireandrescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper, heavylift helicopter Windlifter, exmilitary transport Cabbie and a li vely bunch of b rave allterrain v ehicles known as T he Smokejumpers.
Together, the y b attle a mas sive wildfir e and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero.
WEEKEND WITNESS spok e t o c omedian Dane C ook, w ho v oices Dus ty, about the ne w movie. What is Planes: Fir e & R escue about and how doe s it tak e Dus ty t o ne w height s? It’s a whole new adventure for Dusty, who’s a wellknown racer and a local hero in Propwash Junction — his smallt ownkid dr eams came true.
I think the great message in Disney’s Planes was that you can succeed beyond your own expectations. Don’t be afr aid to dig a lit tle deeper and push y ourself and y ou jus t might be pleasantl y surprised.
But due to an injury, Dusty has to forego racing, and decides to enter a new realm in fire and rescue. He gets a second chance and he finds passion in something else that he lo ves.
He may be in o ver his head, but he w ants to give back to Mayday and some of his friends back home. This time he’s looking out for his community. It’s not just ‘what can I personally achieve?’ but ‘ how can I gi ve b ack?’.
He finds humilit y. This isn’t about headline s or glory, it’s about exploring a new side of himself. And I think that’s really another strong message. How did y ou f eel about r eturning t o the role o f D usty? Planes: Fire & Rescue feels mature. The action is elevated. The humour is bright er, so I lo ve that it’s an everchanging world that provided me the opportunity as an act or to come in and actuall y find ways to verbalise the growth of my character, which I think w e’ve done with Dus ty.
In Disney’s Planes, Dusty was a lit tle anxious about lea ving home — so he w as t entative and cautious. [Director] Bobs [ Gannaway] came in and said: “Dus ty’s g ot t o gr ow.”
And I was like, “Okay, good. We’re both on the same p age.”
There was this amazing collaborative effort to achieve his vision. T his time, w e wanted Dus ty to be braver — less stammering, less quiet — he’s discovered himself. We wanted his newfound confidence to resonate in his voice. I was able to inject more humour. Who’s Blade R anger and what doe s Dusty l earn fr om him ? Blade’s all business. He’s in charge at Piston Peak Air A ttack. F ighting wildfir es is ob viously v ery dangerous. Dusty has a lot to learn before he can get out ther e with Blade and the t eam.
It’s a little tricky because Dusty has some limitations due to his injury. I think he realises, thanks to Blade, that it’s not just about flying faster, pushing himself harder, it’s about communicating and collaborating. So Dusty learns responsibility from Blade and the r est of the Pis ton Peak g ang. Who’s Dipper ? Dipper is o verwhelming and eff ervescent. She’s Dusty’s big gest f an. Can y ou de scribe the l ook of Rescue? Incredible. You’ve never seen an ything like it — the fir e sc enes are jus t wild. T he sc ope is hug e. When they’re flying into huge forest fires, there’s so much dr ama. The audience is in the thick of it with Dusty. The attention to detail’s extraordinary — the smok e, the ember s. It’ s meticulous and it’s beautiful. — Arts E ditor • Planes: Fir e and R escue opens in S A on September 26 . P review s creenings ar e at S terKinekor Gat eway in Umhl anga on Heritag e D ay, September 2 4. • firstname.lastname@example.org
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