Disclosure: This event and trip to LA was an all expense paid journey sponsored by Disney. All thoughts, experiences and Disney character crushes are 100% my own!
Mark your calendars!! Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!
I recently travelled to LA for a press junket for the soon to be released Disney movie Planes Fire and Rescue. As you might expect, you have to be kind of a kid at heart to put together something this fantastic (and it is fantastic!) that little boys (and dads and moms, ok – girls too!) are going to LOVE (and they are going to LOVE it!).
A movie like this has to be full of action, personality and typical Disney fun, but because of the inclusion of fire and rescue teams in this film, it also has be to ACCURATE. Since my hubby used to fight fire , he fought for 8 years on an Idaho fire crew, I have a small understanding of the brotherhood that these brave men have and the world that they live in. This immediately jumped out at me during the screening of this film because it was clear to me that SOMEONE did their research.
Those “someones” were Paul Gerard (Creative Development Director) and Jeff Howard (Co-Writer). I loved hearing about their adventures researching for this film. It included trips to the national parks and even spending time with fire crews in action. They interviewed fire crews and rescue teams and they also studied the fire rescue equipment and took footage of the planes in action. All of these little details add up to a film that makes you feel like you are really there in a wildfire setting, and it gives you an amazing peek into what it might actually be like to be inside this world of fire and rescue crews.
One of my favorite stories that they told was of arriving at a fire crew site, only to have the fire and rescue teams immediately called out onto a fire. As you will see in the film, something VERY similar happens to main character Dusty when he first arrives on site with the fire crew that protects the Piston Peak National Park. This was SO familiar to me because every time we go camping as a family, my hubby likes to stop in and say hi to his old fire buddies, and honestly if they are there at all (they are usually out on a fire!) then it’s not for long. What most people don’t realize is that there are literally always fires happening and these crews actually stay really busy.
My very favorite scene from this film is one that includes a little ACDC Thunderstruck … it’s sooooooo good that it gave me goosebumps and I can’t wait for my hubby to see it. Here’s a little teaser:
What I also loved about chatting with these guys was that they were SO excited about this film, just like little kids. You could tell that they were so happy to share their experiences and see our reaction to all of their hard work. Even director Bobs Gannaway (who also co-directed Secret of the Wings, um so confirmed brilliance) couldn’t help but jump into the conversation! I could have literally talked to these guys for hours, it was fascinating to see and hear about their experiences and their passion for this film that they spent so many hours researching and bringing to life.
Here are a few more pics that give you some insight into the kind of actual on-site research that they did in preparation for this film. This including climbing into a helicopter with Chuck Aaron (he pilots the one-of-a-kind Red Bull Helicopter) who is a world famous helicopter pilot who does some AMAZING things with helicopters (like flying them upside down!!) No wonder Bobs has that teeth chattering look on his face in this photo:
And a huge thanks to the folks at Disney for this wonderful and unforgettable experience, something I will never forget!
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Disney’s PLANES FIRE AND RESCUE flies into theatres everywhere on July 18th!
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Make sure to check out my post about the time that I got to sketch with the Disney artists from Planes Fire and Rescue!
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The creative and frugal mind behind She Saved for almost 12 years now, Keri Lyn shares her adventures in parenting along with her love for family travel, country living and brand marketing. A self-proclaimed “brand loyalist”, Keri Lyn is known for her strong and enthusiastic voice when it comes to the products and brands that she loves. Passionate about family and the challenge of raising good humans (through the teen years, no less!) Keri Lyn has also served as a brand ambassador to many brands including her time as a Hilton Mom Voyage travel writer and currently an O Mag Insider for O, The Oprah Magazine and the 2019 recipient the O-verall Contribution O-ward.