A few Sundays back, I had 3 very excited children in tow on the tube to Leicester Square. It was early in the morning and they had been up for ages ready to make the trip. You see, we had been invited to an exclusive screening of Disney’s Planes 2: Fire and Rescue. Now, that’s enough to get any child excited, I think.
The event was being held at the Leicester Square Odeon and the children were really thrilled as I had told them that they may also have an opportunity to play the new Disney’s Planes 2 virtual reality game.
The Odeon was abuzz with people and we were shown in to get a headstart on the game. Very exciting!
The game was a Virtual Reality game and they needed to use their body movements to ‘save the day’. In fact the game will be available to play at Disney Stores and select Odeon cinemas across the UK.
There was also face painting and balloons that were shaped like Dusty.
The film –
Planes 2: Fire & Rescue sees world-famous air racer Dusty Crophopper shift gears and take on the exciting and dangerous world of aerial firefighting. Dusty joins forces with veteran fire-and-rescue helicopter Blade Ranger and his courageous team, including spirited air tanker Dipper, 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.
What we thought of it –
Well, we love anything Disney so you may find this a bit biased.
We thought the film was a fun-filled family movie. Entertaining and quite fast paced sometimes, it was quite exciting. The children loved the fire fighting theme and it also brought forth conversations about forest fires. It was also nice to have aerial firefighting as the main focus of the film as we are usually more conversant with fire trucks and engines.
More importantly, it focused on how firefighters put their own lives in danger to save the lives of others.
I liked the fantastic new storyline because as much as we like racing, it can get to be quite like – we know where this is going. It was great to have Dusty, the world famous racing plane give up his fame to be a aerial firefighter.
There are some downloadable activities for the children to enjoy during the summer http://www.disney.co.uk/movies/planes
The ‘Save The Day’ virtual reality game uses Microsoft’s ground breaking Kinect for Windows v2 technology to put fans right in the middle of the airborne action by becoming firefighting characters Dusty and Dipper, as they race to protect the Piston Peak National Park. Players can take off and enter the heroic world of aerial firefighting as they scout the Park for signs of fire. Fans will get an exclusive insider look at all the action of
the upcoming film by performing the vital manoeuvers necessary to extinguish blazes, including daring water collection and exciting drops!
Developed by Disney, in partnership with augmented reality specialist Apache, the ‘Save The Day’ virtual reality experience uses the Microsoft soon to be released Kinect for Windows v2 sensor and Software Development Kit (SDK 2.0) to take user interaction to the next level, allowing for greater overall precision, responsiveness and intuitive capabilities.
The ‘Save The Day’ virtual reality game will be placed in foyers of selected ODEON Cinemas and Disney Stores across the country. It will also be touring the UK this summer in a special Planes 2: Fire & Rescue fully interactive fire engine which will be visiting airshows and festivals, educating children on the importance of fire safety and featuring a host of fun games and activities for fans to take part in.
Disney’s Planes 2: Fire and Rescue has been in cinemas in Scotland since 1st August and will be in cinemas in England on 8th August. It is a wonderful film for the summer holidays.
You may want to check out the trailer here –
Disclaimer: I was invited to the viewing of Disney’s Planes 2: Fire and Rescue. All ideas and opinions are my own.