I found “Tugger” on Neflix, it’s available for viewing via instant streaming (as of writing, 21FEB11). It looked interesting, my guys are interested in jeeps & airplanes and we’re an “airplane” family.
“Tugger” brings together the unlikely duo of Jim Belushi and Carrot Top. No, no need to read that again, you read it right the first time. I really didn’t have time for form any preconceived notions about this little flick, had I, I may not have watched it. Believe it or not, this is actually a really neat little movie! We are an airplane/aviation family, so anything with airplanes, airports and all things mechanical and flying we’re up for.
Belushi shows his singing talents several times throughout. I’m not a big musical fan, so I really could have done without the musical numbers, but he’s actually not a bad singer!
The film starts out with the history of the jeep, and I love how the writers incorporate the history of the jeep and the war into the story. The jeep suffers a mechanical issue and has his engine fan replaced with a prop blade. This makes him feel part “airplane” and his sole dream in life is to fly. His story is a heartwarming tale, and at the end he joins up with a team he could only have dreamed of.
I don’t remember ever seeing this in theaters, though in 2008 my kids were still too little for movie-going, so it’s not surprising I missed it. However, thank you to Netflix to bringing it up as a suggestion!