The Adventures of Petey and Friends

Movie review by
Barbara Shulgasser-Parker, Common Sense Media
The Adventures of Petey and Friends Movie Poster Image
Repetitive Planes wannabe is dull and dreadful.
  • NR
  • 2014
  • 72 minutes

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Did this review miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive, diverse representations in books, TV shows, and movies. Want to help us help them? Suggest a diversity update

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this movie.

Educational Value

Meant to entertain rather than educate.

Positive Messages

Try hard and you'll succeed. No one likes a braggart. Be humble. It is not good to "be seen as a coward by others."

Positive Role Models & Representations

Petey, a hotheaded, trash-talking flyer, takes unnecessary risks and keeps telling everyone he's the best. Kiley is sympathetic and helpful.

Violence & Scariness

A plane crashes. A helicopter runs out of fuel and falls to the ground without injury. A group of planes makes a dangerous rescue during a storm, but everyone survives. A dead plane is spotted in the desert.

Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that The Adventures of Petey and Friends is a 2014 Chinese animated Planes wannabe that will only be tolerable to the youngest children. Everyone else will find its sluggish and senseless plot too slow, dull, and confusing to care. Cartoon planes attempt a rescue in a cartoon storm, and the dramatic tension may cause some anxiety in younger or sensitive kids. A plane crashes. A helicopter runs out of fuel and falls to the ground without injury. A dead plane is spotted in the desert.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byEvan V. February 19, 2018

Senseless, Awful, Inapprpriate

Perhaps the worst “kids” cartoon I’ve ever seen. The animation is poor, the plot is non-existent, the writing is awful, and the messages are convoluted and most... Continue reading
Adult Written byJustin T. September 7, 2016

Cheap Chinese Propaganda

This movis is cheap Chinese propaganda. Chinese planes located on an air base in the American southwest is enough, but to show a downed plane in the sand with... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byalina-dawn December 2, 2016

The Worst Movie I've Ever Watched

This is the worst movie I've ever watched. It's about planes, obviously, who try to find a MIA plane, Drake. This KIDS movie has a relationship formin... Continue reading

What's the story?

In THE ADVENTURES OF PETEY AND FRIENDS,  Drake, a jet carrying top-secret cargo, crashes in the desert near a local air force base. The downed plane's hotshot partner, Petey, finds the base and instantly rubs the planes there the wrong way with his irritating arrogance and snobbery. "I'm so great," he likes to say. "I'm the best. Larry," he tells another plane, "you're nothing to me." Headquarters assigns the base to recover the lost secret cargo.  Petey wants to accomplish the mission, but the base's commanding Control Tower forces him to compete with Larry, another quick plane, for the assignment. Petey loses. Storms complicate matters and eventually all the base's aircraft team up to help bring the box back and save an injured Petey.

Is it any good?

The one-note plot barely makes sense. The dialogue is dubbed by English-speaking actors intoning hilariously robotic, non-idiomatic English, using constant, seemingly inadvertent repetition as a substitute for making characters' actions comprehensible. Kiley tells both Petey and his rival Larry that they are each "the best in our base." Grown-ups may think this sounds a little like a parody of a bad translation from Chinese. "He is not even a member of our base," a senior plane cautions when speaking of Petey. "But we can make him a member of us," Kiley replies to him. "General, you're great! You are so great!" And then, "Petey, you are great! I know you can surely make it!" And, "Our base is awarded a first-class award!" The script goes on and on obliviously in that vein. Perhaps this is best suited to preschoolers who are used to the kind of repetition, which helps them learn language. Everyone else should steer clear.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how confusing this movie is. What could the filmmakers have done to improve the plot and dialogue?

  • One character calls at least three planes "the best" flyers of all the planes on the base. Do you think the filmmakers made a mistake, or do you think the character was meant to be a liar?

  • The movie suggests that when planes work together as a team they do better. What do you like to do as part of a team?

Movie details

Our editors recommend

For kids who love animated movies

Themes & Topics

Browse titles with similar subject matter.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate

Streaming options powered by JustWatch

About these links

Common Sense Media, a nonprofit organization, earns a small affiliate fee from Amazon or iTunes when you use our links to make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

Read more

Our ratings are based on child development best practices. We display the minimum age for which content is developmentally appropriate. The star rating reflects overall quality.

Learn how we rate