Disney is coming out with a new animated feature film this summer, Planes. When my oldest was about five, Cars was the big thing. We bought the DVD at the airport the day it hit the shelves to watch on the plane to Disney World.
We're big Disney people.
Planes takes Cars to new levels, literally. Instead of racing on racetracks these personalities are going at it Top Gun style. The film stars Dane Cook as Dusty, a small single propeller crop dusting plane who dreams of bigger and better things outside of Propwash Junction. Determined to achieve his dreams, he enlists in a Wings Around the Globe Rally to compete against some of the world's greatest planes.
Dusty has just one problem, he is petrified of heights.
Luckily for Dusty, he has a few great friends by his side to help him along. With the help of his buddies Chug, Leadbottom, Dottie and Skipper Riley, Dusty works towards achieving his goal of becoming a flying superstar.
As a parent, I love the messages this film conveys. Raising four kids is no easy feat, and I have seen my kids through big dreams and tough realities. I particularly love the character Dottie, a forklift mechanic who always tells Dusty the truth. She gives him tough love, but is there to help Dusty achieve his goals.
I do my best to tell my kids the truth about how difficult some of their dreams are to achieve, but motivate them to never give up. They need to understand the work involved and have the desire to stick with it, no matter how tough it is. Just because something is difficult doesn't make it impossible. There are days I feel like I am constantly fixing small problems and lifting them up to keep going, just like Dusty's forklift mechanic pal Dottie.
To add to the excitement of Planes, Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards joined the film to voice two of the fighter jets. This film is all about dreaming big, just like Maverick and Goose did in Top Gun.
Disney Planes hits the theaters August 9th, and kids will love the big personalities and the planes featured in the film. Parents are sure to love the messages in the movie about hard work and dreaming big. Every parent tries to encourage their kids to succeed, and we all have a different style. Just like all of Dusty's pals in Planes.
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