Dane Cook is the voice of the main character in this animation film who is called Dusty Crophopper. Dusty is a crop-dusting plane that longs to become a racing plane and enter the World Air Race contest. The only problem is he is afraid of heights. He goes to the race try-outs and needs to come in at least in fifth place to qualify for the race, which he barely misses. But the plane that came in fifth is disqualified for using something that is against the rules, so Dusty gets his chance.
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Dusty seeks out the help of a retired navy plane, called Skipper (with the voice of Stacy Keach). Skipper reluctantly agrees to train him and that is when Dusty's fear of heights comes out. The race starts and on the first part of the race Dusty comes in last place because of his fear of flying high. On the second part of the race, Dusty saves another plane that has gotten into trouble which again puts him in last place. The leader of the race is Ripslinger (with the voice of Roger Craig Smith) who is not only arrogant but is willing to cheat if necessary to win the race. Dusty makes friends with a crazy Mexican plane called El Chupacabra (with the voice of Carlos Alazraqui) and helps him win his girl, Rochelle (with the voice of Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
As the around the world race continues, Dusty gets to first place, but Ripslinger's men plan to sabotage Dusty. Because of the sabotage, Dusty gets lost and crashes into the ocean. He is about to give up but with the encouragement of his friends and the help of Skipper, he gets his courage up and overcomes his fear of heights to win the race.
Best part of story, including ending:
It is amusing that a plane could have a fear of heights.
Best scene in story:
When Dusty tries to avoid flying over the Himalayan mountains in India by flying through a train tunnel and barely makes it through. It's an exciting moment but clearly not the best solution to his problem.
Opinion about the main character:
It is uplifting that Dusty has the courage to overcome his fears and does not give up.