Planes follows Dusty, a crop duster from an aviation town called Propwash Junction who has never flown above 1,000 feet and is afraid of heights but dreams of becoming an air racer. Against all odds, Dusty qualifies for the prestigious Wings Around the Globe Rally and is forced to conquer his fear head-on. The movie is a feel-good story about the importance of never giving up and helping those in need, as Dusty prioritizes the safety of his fellow competitors above winning the race. The brains behind the movie — executive producer John Lasseter, director Klay Hall and screenwriter Jeffrey Howard — planted the first seeds of what would become Planes about four and a half years ago. But credit for the final creation should go to what Hall referred to as an army. "It's a very organic back-and-forth process," Howard said.