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The relative decline of the quality of Pixar’s animated features has at least one benefit: its presumed effect on corporate sibling rivalry. Disney animated features don’t have as much catching up to do. “Planes,” Disney’s latest, seems, in fact, like a lesser version of what may be Pixar’s two weakest efforts, the “Cars” movies. That likeness may have something to do with the fact that Disney animation chief John Lasseter, who directed and cowrite the Pixar titles, is executive producer and cowriter of “Planes.”
Like “Cars,” “Planes” features vehicles with faces and personalities — mostly aircraft, of course, but also trucks and forklifts and, yes, cars. Propellers make for nice nose substitutes. Chief among the personalities is Dusty (voiced by Dane Cook), a single-engine crop-duster.