An animated movie has a lot of thought and research into it. For a film like Planes they wanted the “realness” of certain elements to translate on screen so what better way that to study the actual thing on a research trip! Paul Gerard (Director or Creative Development) and Jeff Howard (Co-Writer) chatted with us about the research element and the places they went.
One of the places they went was Cal-Fire:
The men and women of the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE) are dedicated to the fire protection and stewardship of over 31 million acres of California’s privately-owned wildlands. In addition, the Department provides varied emergency services in 36 of the State’s 58 counties via contracts with local governments.
Here they got to see firsthand what the firefighters use, how they train, and how they respond to fires. Which came in very handy. Especially looking at all of the parts and mechanical work on the planes themselves.
If you’ve seen the film….that first opening sequence may give you the chills. If you haven’t see it then you definately want to keep an eye out. Here they harken back to what they learned from Red Bull aerobatic helicopter pilot Chuck Aaron, who is probably the best in the biz.
Chuck actually took Jeff out and flew him UPSIDE DOWN. I would probably lose my lunch, but it’s awesome to see those maneuvers being used by Blade Ranger in the film.
Last, but not least is the great detail to the National Parks that the filmamkers use. They took a research trip up to Yellowstone to check out Old Faithful, The Inn, and more and brought them to life in Fire & Rescue. This is what makes any movie Disney touches turn to gold. They put so much thought into the smallest details.
About Planes: Fire & Rescue
“Planes: Fire & Rescue” is a new comedy-adventure about second chances, featuring a dynamic crew of elite firefighting aircraft devoted to protecting historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. When world famous air racer Dusty (voice of Dane Cook) learns that his engine is damaged and he may never race again, he must shift gears and is launched into the world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire and rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited super scooper Dipper (voice of Julie Bowen), heavy-lift helicopter Windlifter, ex-military transport Cabbie and a lively bunch of brave all-terrain vehicles known as The Smokejumpers. Together, the fearless team battles a massive wildfire and Dusty learns what it takes to become a true hero. Directed by Bobs Gannaway (“Secret of the Wings”), “Planes: Fire & Rescue” is now availble on Blu-Ray and DVD.
Planes: Fire and Rescue ONLINE:
***Disclosure: I attended #PlanesFireandRescueEvent My flight, lodgings, and expenses were covered by Disney All opinions are 100% mine. ***