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Sneak Preview: Disney's 'Planes' Movie (Sponsored)

Just for Patch readers, here's a sneak peek at the trailer for this summer's Disney movie: Planes, coming in August. Sponsored by Disney.

Written by Julia Halewicz

Watching movies is my favorite new family ritual. Now that my 5-year-old daughter spends her days running through neighbors’ backyards until dinner, television time has lost that guilty edge. In fact, in our multi-generational home, it’s the only moment when my parents, husband, 5- and 2-year-olds, and I are silent. (Well, not the 2-year-old so much. “That’s a bad guy, momma?” “Yes, honey.” “Why, momma, why that’s a bad guy? I want snack.”… You get the picture.)

Really, there’s nothing quite as charming as grandpa sharing his beloved Peter Pan with his “Tinker Bell”-obsessed granddaughter and explaining to her that Captain Hook was quite clever to make Tink jealous so she’d give up Peter Pan’s location.

And now, here comes Planes — another Disney special, as always, perfectly attuned to kids’ imaginations and parents’ need for acknowledgement, with a believable bit of indulgence. It reunites Goose and Iceman (Yes, of Top Gun fame) and for the kids, tells the story of a plane who's afraid of heights. My daughter’s first summer movie is perfectly timed for her first-day-of-kindergarten jitters because its tagline is “All the Courage in the World.”

Moms, here’s what you need to know: Dane Cook voices the unlikely hero Dusty Crophopper, a crop duster with dreams of flying with the big guys but for his fear of heights and inadequate frame. The big guys are none other than Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards invoking their Top Gun legacy as Echo and Bravo, respectively.

So let’s pause here for a moment of reflection on Top Gun. It was the ‘80s movie I was too young to watch but did — over and over and over — dreaming of being that girl in the bar (no-go). The staggered electric keyboard beats and guitar riffs that make you feel a part of the machinery running those slick planes is right there in the Planes trailer. It transports you instantly, back to the 8th grade sleepover party where you ogled Tom Cruise on his motorcycle for the first time. Well done, Disney. Well done.

While I fully expect the first viewing of Planes to be an awesome big-kid moment for my daughter, it’s the repetition that counts. When Planes makes it into our home, I know our 2-year-old, who just asked me, “I can’t go in sky, right momma?” will see that anything is possible. Again and again and again.

Planes is coming to theaters August 9.

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