DISNEY’S PLANES DVD REVIEW – Available November 19, 2013

Disney’s PLANES, the latest transportation-based animated film will be released on Blu-ray & DVD Tuesday, November 19th.  Besides the movie itself, the DVD includes extras that are not to be missed.  If you haven’t seen Disney’s PLANES yet, you’re in for a treat.  Click here for my review of the film – “Do more than you were built for.”  If you have any pilots or former pilots in the family, they are sure to enjoy the bonus features on the disc.  They’re worth it alone, but, of course, you also get to watch Disney’s PLANES to your hearts’ content, as well.

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First, the technical details:  You can watch the film in English, French and Spanish (not simultaneously) and English Descriptive Video Service (“DVS”) is also provided.  DVS is an audio overlay that describes the action on the scene for visually-impaired viewers.  I watched the first few scenes of the movie to get an idea of how it works and it’s an impressive feature.  The descriptions were accurate and did not intrude on the dialogue in any way.  You also have the option of adding subtitles (or not) in English, French, Spanish and English for the Hearing Impaired.

After picking your preferred language, you’re given the option of skipping the main menu and heading straight to the movie.  You can do that or watch the previews, which I’ll enumerate for you here.

There’s also the Scene Selection option, which allows you to return to the spot you last saw or even just to favorite scenes to watch over and over again.


DUSTY ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


  1. Planes Fire & Rescue – 2014 – The sequel to PLANES, the preview is a series of slogans:  They Fly in – When others fly out;  The crew . . . The proud . . . The Planes; plus an adorable joke about a pick-up truck and his pick-up line.
  2. Frozen – Thanksgiving 2013 – A cute scene in which Olaf, a snowman, and Sven, a dog-like reindeer, fight over Olaf’s carrot nose.  You’ll have to watch to find out who wins.
  3. Jungle Book Diamond Edition – the Jungle Book has been digitally restored in high definition and will be available on Blu-ray for the first time ever in February of 2014.

Dusty is back in Disneytoon Studios’ all new high-flying adventure “Planes: Fire & Rescue,” landing in theaters on July 18, 2014. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Behind the scroll bar of the menu, we see a light bouncing from spot to spot and wherever it lands a screen pops up showing a different location along the race route, similar to the way race routes are depicted graphically both in the film and in real life (I’m drawing from my years of watching The Amazing Race here).


Franz’s Song

The first bonus feature is an “exclusive musical scene,” introduced by Klay Hall (the director) and Traci Balthazor-Flynn (the producer) which is really a deleted (“extra”) scene called Franz’s Song.  It is adorable!  I wish they had left it in the film, but I can understand why they didn’t.  It doesn’t make sense, logically, with the action on the screen (though it showcases German efficiency), but it is a fun song and could have gone on for more and more verses, as far as I’m concerned.

Klay’s Flight Plan

This is my favorite of the bonus features.  Klay Hall, the director of Disney’s PLANES, takes his sons to the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California, and talks about planes, his family’s connection to aviation, the background for some of the characters, locations, and scenes in the film and more.  John Lasseter and others connected with the film also relate stories during this feature.  I watched this with my parents and it was their favorite feature, too.  My dad, a veteran Navy pilot, exclaimed more than once that he had flown that plane and that one and the other one and wished he’d gotten to fly that one.

Deleted Scenes

Klay and Traci introduce two deleted scenes, which include storyboard material and rough animation.  Dusty’s Training Sequence and Taj Mahal are really just extended versions of the scenes in the movie.  Klay and Traci’s explanations for why they didn’t make the cut are interesting and seeing the various stages of animation is a treat.

Meet the Racers

El Chupacabra and Ripslinger introduce themselves in promo-type clips, which are both tongue-in-cheek and amusing.  For Dusty and Ishani, it seems like they used more deleted clips from the film.  The Bollywood-esque song and dance number for Ishani was very well-done.

Top 10 Flyers

This was another favorite bonus feature.  Colin Cowherd (the voice of Colin Cowling in the movie) takes us through a top ten list of flyers/pilots, detailing their contributions to aviation.


This section contains the standard disclaimers about opinions, etc.


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This section of the disc includes commercials for various Disney products, including Disney Movie Rewards, the Disney Store, and the new Disney Planes the Video Games (exclusively on Nintendo platforms).  There are also previews for new movies coming out on Blu-ray and DVD, including a 2-pack from The Little Mermaid franchise (Ariel’s Beginning and Return to the Sea); Marvel’s Iron Man and Hulk: Heroes United, an animated feature going straight to Blu-ray and DVD; and Mary Poppins 50th Anniversary Edition (on Blu-ray for the first time in full digital resolution).  The final preview is for the upcoming Tinker Bell The Pirate Fairy, available on Blu-ray and DVD in 2014.  You can also see the original three previews at the end of this section.


Disneytoon Studios introduces Disney Fairies fans to dust-keeper fairy Zarina in “The Pirate Fairy,” slated for release in Spring 2014. ©2013 Disney Enterprises, Inc. All Rights Reserved.


Also included with the discs are a coupon for $5 off Action Shifters Flight to the Finish Speedway and two sweepstakes offers from American Airlines:  i) join the Aadvantage program  for a chance to win 100,000 miles (current members can also enter and the contest ends January 15, 2014); and ii) the Take Off for Adventure Sweepstakes which offers Disney Movie Rewards members the chance to win a Disney’s PLANES Reading Fun Pack (25 winners) with a single grand prize of a trip for 4 to New York City (the contest ends January 31, 2014).

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About George Gensler

George Gensler is a copyrights specialist during the week and a runner on the weekends. She lives in New York City now, but has lived in five countries on three continents. She grew up traveling the world, but her official residence was in Southern California and every visit home included a trip to Disneyland. She has also visited every Disney Park around the world and sailed on board two Disney cruises. She threw in a visit to the Disney Family museum in San Francisco for good measure, and has had the Premier Disney Park Pass since its inception.