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Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) Poster

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Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara voice RVs 'Harvey' and 'Winnie' who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary in Piston Peak National Park. Stiller & Meara celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in 2014, the same year the film was released.
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The "red stuff" being dropped from the airplanes is Long Term Fire Retardant called PHOS-CHeK. It has been used by the US Forest Service for 50 years and is used to create a containment line around a wildfire. It is dropped as a liquid and will remain effective until it is washed off by heavy rain. The red color is used so pilots can see where to drop the next load to tie in with the line of previous drops.
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"CHoPs" (about the California Helicopter Patrol) is a parody of CHiPs (1977) (California Highway Patrol). Blade's erstwhile partner 'Nick Lopez' is voiced by 'Erik Estrada' who played 'Ponch' in "CHiPs". Both Ponch and Lopez used "Seven-Mary-4" as a call sign. Both "CHiPs" and "CHoPs" lasted for 139 episodes (in the hangar 'Dipper' describes the show as "139 episodes of law-breaking love"). The logo font and theme song from "CHiPs" are used for "CHoPs."
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The Piston Peak fire truck character 'Pulaski' is named after a fire fighting hand tool of the same name. It is part axe and part hoe and named after its inventor Ed Pulaski.
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While watch CHoPs, there is a scene where Blade rescues a red car from a fire at Studio 4x4 (a reference to Studio 54) using the hoist. All the jumpers and planes watching (except Dusty) shout "HOIST!" and drink some oil insinuating a drinking game each time the hoist is used
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The train that brings campers into the park has the name "Muir" on its side. John Muir was a naturalist who wrote many books and poems about his time in the Sierra Nevadas. He was also the founder of the Sierra club and is thought of as the "Father of the National Parks."
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The Brent Mustangburger in the Planes franchise is different from Brent Mustanburger in the Cars franchise.
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When Dusty is reminiscing with Mayday in the fire station, several photos and awards are shown on the wall. In one of the photos Mayday is next to Sarge from Cars (2006).
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The park lodge bears a remarkable resemblance to the Grand Californian Hotel at Disneyland.
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At the beginning of the movie Dusty gives an "autograph" to a British Airways Airbus 380, the largest passenger plane in the world.
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Anne Meara's last film before her death in 2015.
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The Howard the Truck video is a parody of a film based from Marvel comics, Howard the Duck (1986)
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There are some similarities between Blade Ranger, former star of "CHoPs" and Airwolf (1984). After the show's end the chopper was sold to a German firm. Airwolf - as a Bell 222 - flew as an air ambulance.
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In the US version, Windlifter speaks with a Native American accent. The US military version of the S-64 Skycrane is called the CH-54 Tarhe. The CH-54 Tarhe is named after Tarhe (whose nickname was "The Crane"), an 18th-century chief of the Wyandot Indian tribe.
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Dipper, the fangirl, is a Grumman Gooose. The Fire Attack Teams across America still use this type of plane today.
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When Dusty fights his first fire the dispatcher references "Skyline Drive." Skyline Drive is the scenic road through Shenandoah National Park.
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On the air attack wall of downed planes, a CDF (California Department or Forestry & Fire Protection) tanker that crashed in the Cleveland Fire is clearly visible. Only the tail number is changed.
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The UK version of the movie features cameo voice performances from The Spice Girls' Emma Bunton and TV Presenter Jamie Theakston, presenters of the London breakfast radio show, on Heart 106.2 - they play a pick-up truck and lady car in the bar scene after Dusty finds out his gearbox is broken.
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The names of the two vehicles Dusty saves are a play on words "Harvey" is an RV and "Winnie" is a Winnebago.
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"Blade Ranger"- although a helicopter in the film, the tail number (626BG) is actually a Cirrus SR22T registered to an individual in Hollywood "Dipper"- Grumman Goose (N281JH-Reserved by Dustin Kosher) "Windlifter"- Sikorsky/Erickson S-64 Skycrane "Cabby"-Fairchild C-119 Flying Boxcar.
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When Dusty first lands at the air attack base, a hangar in the background is numbered 51. Station 51 was the Los Angeles County Fire Department station featured in the show Emergency.
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The character "Ol' Jammer" shares the name with the operators of 1930s era custom tour buses that are still in use at Glacier National Park. The tour buses at Glacier Park are painted red and black and their operators are known as "jammers" due to the manner in which they would shift the old manual transmissions, Though these have all been replaced by automatic transmissions, the name "jammers" is still used.
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Based on the failure of Planes: Fire & Rescue (2014) a third Planes film will not be put into production and DisneyToon Studios closed down in 2018.
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The air safety inspector character 'Ryker' is fashioned after a Striker airport rescue and fire fighting truck.
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The character Cad Spinner is modeled after a Cadillac Escalade SUV. The character Secretary of the Interior is modeled after an International Scout SUV.
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The lodge and train station are modeled after the Glacier Park Lodge, just outside the boundary of Glacier National Park.
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Dale Dye plays Cabbie, a Fairchild C-119 which was commonly used in military airborne operations, he also played Colonel Sink in Band of Brothers, the HBO series about the 101st airborne in WW2.
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Brad Garrett's seventh Disney film after A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Tarzan 2 (2005), Ratatouille (2007), Tangled (2010), and Planes (2013).
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The people that play the Secretary and Pulaski, are also cast as one of the Aliens in Chicken Little (2005).
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Lightning McQueen from Cars (2006) appears on a magazine, which is probably hinting to the next film in the Cars franchise, Cars 3 (2017).
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Cedric the Entertainer's sixth theatrically released animated film after Ice Age (2002), Madagascar (2005), Madagascar 2: Escape to Africa (2008), Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012), and Planes (2013).
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DisneyToon Studios' last theatrical film before shutting down in 2018.
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John Ratzenberger and Brad Garrett both star in A Bug's Life (1998), Finding Nemo (2003), Ratatouille (2007), Planes (2013), and Finding Dory (2016).
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This is the only DisneyToon Studios film to be produced in a 2.35:1 widescreen aspect ratio; all of that company's previous films were produced in 1.85:1.
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The second Disney's animated sequel film to be rated PG by the MPAA, after Lilo & Stitch 2: Stitch Has a Glitch (2005).
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Both Cedric the Entertainer (Leadbottom) and Kevin Michael Richardson (Ryker) have also appeared in productions of DreamWorks' Madagascar franchise Cedric the Entertainer voiced Maurice in the films and short films while Kevin Michael Richardson voiced the same character in the shows such as The Penguins of Madagascar (2008-2015) and All Hail King Julien (2014-2017).
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This is the first animated franchise that originated in 1.85:1 to have a 2.35:1 aspect ratio for its second film.
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Augerin Canyon is a contraction of "auger in." To "auger in" is a term used by pilots to describe crashing catastrophically. See Webster's dictionary for further examples.
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Patrick Warburton's fifth animated Disney film after The Emperor's New Groove (2000), Home on the Range (2004), Chicken Little (2005), and The Wild (2006), as well as the first to not involve Walt Disney Animation Studios.
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Blade Helicopter number "301" is a reference to CAL FIRE Riverside Hemet Ryan Helicopter 301.
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Patrick Warburton and Brad Garrett's second collaboration after Hoodwinked Too: Hood vs Evil (2011).
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Jerry Stiller's second theatrically released animated film after Teacher's Pet (2004).
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The fourth animated sequel to be produced in a 2.35:1 aspect ratio unlike the previous installments which were produced at 1.85:1, after Rugrats Go Wild (2003), Shrek Forever After (2010), and Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012).
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This is the first Disney's animated sequel to be rated PG by the MPAA, unlike the other animated sequels to be rated G.
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The ninth computer-animated sequel to be produced at 2.35:1 after Shrek Forever After (2010), Kung Fu Panda 2 (2011), Cars 2 (2011), Happy Feet Two (2011), Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012), Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (2013), Rio 2 (2014), and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).
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The trivia item below may give away important plot points.

The scene where Blade saves Dusty in the cave parallels the true story of Ed Pulaski and the Big Burn of 1910. Pulaski saves 34 men who were fighting the fire by leading them to a cave. Pulaski then stands at the exit and threatens to shoot any man that leaves. By doing so his lungs are burned and he goes temporary blind.
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