This Disney animated sequel to 2013s Planes is lacking in the fun department, but it's somewhat saved by its terrific forest fire scenes.
Dusty Crophopper (voice by Dane Cook) the single-engine crop duster-turned-famed-racer returns and he once again pursues another career. His racing days are over according to Dottie the mechanic (Teri Hatcher) because of a faulty gearbox which prevents him from "red lining it".
Dusty wants to learn how to become a forest firefighter, so he can return home and help out his friends with his new talent. He's trained by Blade Ranger (Ed Harris), an old pro who doesn't have patience for Dusty's spirit. It's his stubborn streak that gave him the push to become a famous racer, but it's not appreciated around his new home. The only one who welcomes him with open wings is Lil' Dipper (Julie Bowen) who thinks he is her boyfriend as soon as they meet.
Dusty is fitted with new equipment that allows him to pick up water and drop it on the fire below, but his broken gearbox prevents him from soaring high above the flames and gets him into some mildly frightening situations. Piston Peak National Park is his new picturesque setting and he's tested early in his training when a large wild fire breaks out and endangers the visiting cars, RVs and planes in the area, and he has to help put out the fast moving flames.
Director Robert Gannaway who co-wrote with Jeffrey M. Howard (Planes), teaches the value of perseverance and friendship. However, as beautiful as the water and forest scenes are, there's not much fun or silliness to keep little ones interested.