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Dusty Crophopper is a young single-prop agriculture plane that lives in the small town of Propwash Junction. Dusty dreams of competing alongside his high-flying heroes in the ‘Wings Around the Globe’ Rally, but suffers from a crippling fear of heights. His mentor Skipper is convinced that Dusty has the engine to compete with the best, and helps encourage him to pursue his lifelong dreams. But if Dusty wants to make his dreams a reality, he’ll need to face his fears and push himself further than he ever imagined.

''Planes'' is a SpinOff film based on the {{Disney}}/{{Pixar}} franchise ''WesternAnimation/{{Cars}}'', produced by [=DisneyToon=] Studios, the studio behind the ''[[Franchise/DisneyFairies Tinkerbell]]'' film series. The film is directed by Klay Hall and is under the creative leadership of John Lasseter, who also directed both of the ''Cars'' films.

''Planes'', originally planned for a DirectToDVD release in Spring 2013, was released theatrically instead on August 9, 2013. A sequel, called ''Planes 2: Fire and Rescue'', will be released July 2014.

[[Characters/{{Planes}} The in-progress character sheet can be found here.]]
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!!Tropes

* [[AcrophobicBird Acrophobic Plane]]: Dusty.
** [[spoiler: Skipper, too.]]
* ActingForTwo: GabrielIglesias voices both Ned and Zed.
* {{Adorkable}}: Dusty.
** Franz Fliegenhosen. A tiny Messerschmitt Tiger/Aerocar hybrid with SplitPersonality, who befriends Dusty.
* [[TropesForDummies Air Racing for Dummies]]
* AscendedFanboy: Dusty to the racing circuit [[spoiler:and to the Jolly Wrenches in the end, though it's only an "honorary" position.]]
* BerserkButton: Chug nearly tears Ned and Zed a new one when they refer to him as a "leaky old fuel truck."
--> '''Chug''': Who are you callin' leaky?! I'll leak on ''you'' if you don't watch your intake!
* BigBad: Ripslinger, the defending champion.
* TheBigRace: The Wings Around the Globe Rally.
* BrokenPedestal: [[spoiler:Skipper when Dusty learned he [[{{Understatement}} exaggerated]] his accomplishments]].
* TheCameo:
** Brent Mustangburger from ''Cars 2'' appears as the announcer for the race.
** Van (or his character model) can be spotted in the crowd of photographers. Also two of the Tokyo party chef forklifts from Cars 2 can be spotted during a montage.
* ChekhovsGun: The tailwind.
* ComingInHot: Dusty helps Bulldog pull out of his death dive, and then guides him to the runway. It costs him though in that he's dead last for the second leg in a row.
** At one point, Dusty gets lost over the Pacific ocean and has to land on a moving aircraft carrier. Their procedure on the ship follows the opening description of the trope almost verbatim.
* ConjoinedTwins: There is an in-Universe rumor that Ned and Zed were originally this, but were literally separated at birth. Neither confirmed, nor denied.
* CoolPlane: The trailer features a pair of jet fighters who appear to be major characters, as well as a stealth bomber. One of Dusty's friends (El Chupacabra) is based off of one of the most famous racing planes of all time, the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee_Bee_Model_R Gee Bee Sportster]].
** Ripslinger is based mostly off of the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nemesis_NXT Sharp Nemesis NXT]], with his underlings at least partially based on the original Nemesis racer.
** Skipper is one of the great Cool Planes: the Vought F4U Corsair.
* CoveredInKisses: [[spoiler: El Chupacabra, as seen the day after his serenade to Rochelle, which worked a little too well...]]
* CoversAlwaysLie: The soundtrack cover of the movie features Ripslinger taking most space on it, and [[SpotlightStealingSquad Dusty shifted inches away from him]], and El Chupacabra far, far away in the front right corner, whereas on the poster, Dusty and El Chupacabra are way at the bottom. Ripslinger is actually [[BigBad not the hero]]..
* CulturalTranslation: Rochelle is a different nationality depending on which country you're in.
* DisqualificationInducedVictory: Dusty competes in a test race deciding which planes will get into the big "Wings Around the Globe" race. He manages to get to the sixth place, just below the winner planes. He comes back home depressed, but a day or so later, a guy arrives to tell him that one of the winner planes was using an illegal fuel, and therefore Dusty got in after all.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Dusty gets into the race when one of the planes that timed better than him is found to have used an illegal formula in his fuel.
** Dusty has his [[GroinAttack sprayer removed]] to reduce his drag. While off-screen, we hear him yelp and complain about the cold tools and procedure, hoping it's reversible. He reappears sprayer-less, complete with (rather Mickey Mouse sounding) InstantSoprano before he clears his throat.
* DrowningMySorrows: El Chu, while being rejected by Rochelle, drinks oil (which seems to equate to alcohol in their universe) to drown his sorrows. Notable in the German bar with a few empty cans and later in China, his hanger is filled with them!
** Lampshaded by the bartender: "You sad! You drink!"
* DubNameChange: Repeatedly with Rochelle, accompanied by a PaletteSwap each time. In the North American and UK versions she's Canadian with a Quebec accent and a Maple Leaf paint scheme, but most export releases change her nationality, paint scheme and usually name to suit the home audience. In the Australian and French versions she's still named Rochelle, but her name gets changed to Azzurra in Italy, Carolina in Brazil, Heidi in Germany, Sakura in Japan, Tanya in Russia and Yun Yan Fei in China.
* EarlyBirdCameo: Skipper, Sparky and all of Propwash Junction appeared in the [[PixarShorts short]] ''Air Mater''.
* FadeToWhite: Happens when [[spoiler: Dusty closes his eyes and narrowly misses crashing into a train. Afterwards, Dusty meets some monks whose cryptic answer to where he is makes him think he's dead, and the audience could reasonably think the same.]]
* FamilyUnfriendlyDeath: [[spoiler: Skipper's entire squadron is shot down on-screen during their attack on the enemy fleet.]]
* FlightOfRomance: Ishani takes Dusty on one to see the Taj Mahal. [[spoiler: Subverted in that her real purpose is to tell him a "shortcut" that is supposed to put him behind, but nearly winds up killing him.]]
* FlyAtTheCameraEnding: As expected from a movie about planes.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: During the German bar scene, Ripslinger can briefly be seen talking to Ishani, [[spoiler: convincing her to trick Dusty into following the railroad during the Himalayan leg of the race.]]
* FurryConfusion: Some of the airplanes in the film act like birds.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: El Chu and Rochelle's first conversation is loaded with this, in particular the bit about breaking through ice.
* GreaseMonkey: Skipper's righthand forklift Sparky.
* HelicopterBlender: During the final leg of the race, Ripslinger uses his propellers to [[spoiler:clip Skipper's rudder]]. Ripslinger then explains that his brand of propellers are called "skyslicers" for precisely that reason.
* {{Irony}}: Dusty is a plane who's ''afraid of heights''.
* LatinLover: El Chu.
* LuckySeven: [[spoiler:Dusty's racing number is 7, he wins.]]
* MaleGaze: Parodied when El Chu gets his first look at Rochelle.
* MilitarySalute: The forklifts and planes on the aircraft carrier. See StrangeSalute below.
* NeverTrustATrailer: Trailers suggested a plane dropping outhouses made a commentator describe it as disgusting. [[spoiler:The commentator was describing a previous scene where a plane spits on the floor]].
* NiceGuy: Dusty helps out whenever he can, which pays off when [[spoiler:he's severely damaged and the other racers donate new parts to keep him in the race.]]
* NoseArt: In spades. Only types A and C.
* TheObiWan: Skipper is this for Dusty.
* PaletteSwap: Rochelle's Canadian paint scheme from the versions released in North America and Britain gets changed in most export versions along with her nationality and [[DubNameChange usually her name]]. She has completely different Australian, Brazilian, Chinese, German, Italian, Japanese and Russian color schemes, while the French version of Rochelle is [[SuspiciouslySimilarSubstitute essentially her default Canadian paint job with the maple leaves removed and a subtle hue shift to a more magenta base color]].
* PunnyName: The USS Flysenhower, which is a clear pun on CVN-69, the USS Dwight D. Eisenhower.
* ProductPlacement: Tripp[[note]]both a PunnyName and nod to Juan Trippe, the founder of Pan Am[[/note]], an American Airlines 777 makes a [[TheCameo cameo]] appearance and is featured in promotional materials. Probably one of the more [[TropesAreNotBad not bad]] cases of product placement in recent memory since it works perfectly in the context of the movie's universe.
** Chug is shown reading a book called ''[[TropesForDummies Air Racing for Dummies]]''.
* RecycledInSpace: ''{{WesternAnimation/Cars}}'' [-WITH PLANES!-]
* SeldomSeenSpecies: A variation: air racing is not well-known outside of certain circles, particularly the pylon-type races.
* SequelHook: Disney has already confirmed a sequel titled ''Planes 2: Fire and Rescue''.
* SerenadeYourLover: El Chu to Rochelle. The song is "Love Machine." Subverted at first, when he tries a more upbeat version with a boombox. Dusty stops him and calls in a mariachi band for a more romantic atmosphere.
* ShellShockedVeteran: Skipper, [[spoiler: who, after witnessing his entire squadron killed by enemy fire in his first mission, is torn by guilt to the point that he cannot fly again.]]
* ShoutOut: To two legendary United States fighter groups.
** Skipper's squadron, VF-17, aka "The Jolly Wrenches", is directly based on the real VF-17 squadron (Now VFA-103), "The Jolly Rogers".
** Judge Davis is explicitly mentioned to be a "Red Tail" P-51 Mustang, which makes him a member of the 332nd Fighter Group, better known as the Tuskegee Airmen, one of whom was Bejamin O. Davis, Jr., a pilot who ultimately became a United States Air Force General.
** Another is to ''Film/TopGun'', when the two Navy jets do a flyby of the Flysenhower, disturbing the Air Boss's coffee. Made more of a shoutout by the identity of the actors voicing the two jets.
** In Skipper's WorldWarII flashback, his squadron is using the callsign "Jigsaw," a reference to the old JohnWayne movie ''Flying Leathernecks''.
* StalkerWithACrush: El Chupacabra toward Rochelle. [[spoiler: At least until his successful serenade (assisted by Dusty) helps win Rochelle's heart.]]
* StiffUpperLip: Bulldog [[BlatantLies doesn't cry]], he's British.
* StrangeSalute: Since they have no hands, the forklifts salute with their forks and the military planes salute by folding up their wingtips. Corsairs like Skipper and F-18 Super Hornets like Bravo and Echo can actually do this. It looks like the American MilitarySalute.
* ThemeTwinNaming: Ned and Zed.
* ThirteenIsUnlucky: [[spoiler:Ripslinger's racing number is 13, he loses. But that was pretty much a ForegoneConclusion, anyway.]]
* ThoseTwoGuys: The two jet fighters.
* TinyGuyHugeGirl: Not once but twice. Dusty is an [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Air_Tractor_AT-802 Air Tractor AT802]], notably shorter and lighter than his love interest Ishani, a (heavily modified) [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beechcraft_Starship Beechcraft 2000 Starship]]. But that's nothing compared to the size difference between El Chupacabra, an absolutely tiny [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gee_Bee_Model_R Gee Bee Model R Sportster]], whose love interest is essentially a MilitaryMashupMachine of at least four different airplanes, all of which are much, much larger than El Chu.
* {{Touche}}: When El Chu criticizes the identity issues of Franz Fliegenhosen, who switches personalities based on which mode he's in, Franz counters that El Chu is wearing a mask. "Touché," he says simply.
* UnderdogsNeverLose: Naturally.
* VertigoEffect: Whenever Dusty flies higher than he's accustomed to [[spoiler: before he overcomes his Acrophobia.]]
* WorldTour: The big race.
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