‘Planes: Fire & Rescue’ Premiere Pays ‘Loving Tribute’ to Firefighters, Says Dane Cook

Disney’s “Planes: Fire & Rescue” touched down on Hollywood Boulevard outside the El Capitan Theatre on July 15 for the animated film’s premiere, with Dane Cook returning to voice high-flying Dusty, the crop duster.

“It’s a loving tribute to firefighters and the men and women who do this day in and day out,” Cook said before joining the rest of the film’s cast, which includes “Modern Family’s” Julie Bowen, Ed Harris, Hal Holbrook, Fred Willard, Erik Estrada, Stacy Keach, Wes Studi and Brad Garrett to present a $25,000 grant to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Country singer Brad Paisley, who is featured in the film, presented the grant with Walt Disney and Pixar Animation Studios’ chief creative officer John Lasseter, who praised firefighters for being the individuals on the scene when everyone else has left.

Rescue vehicles lined the street outside the theater as guests, including Paisley’s “Rising Star” pals Ludacris and Ke$ha, took photos and snacked on Poquito Mas burritos and pizza served up from a fire truck.

Planes: Fire & Rescue” revolves around an elite crew of firefighting aircraft who protect historic Piston Peak National Park from raging wildfire. Estrada plays Nick “Loopin’” Lopez in “CHoPs,” a riff on the late ’70s motorcycle cop show “CHiPs,” featured in a entertainment magazine dubbed Cariety in the film.

“I’m not a voice performer, but this was a no-brainer for me,” Bowen said of agreeing to take the role of the Dipper in the film. “I’m the first to admit I have no idea what I’m doing but I do it very enthusiastically.”

(Pictured: John Lasseter, Brad Paisley, Fireman’s Fund’s Paul Fuegner and Dane Cook)

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