Maru is a major character in the 2014 Disneytoon Studios animated feature film, Planes: Fire & Rescue.

He is the Piston Peak mechanic and facilitator, being responsible for overseeing and performing repairs on his coworkers as well as fellow crafts that happens to drop by broken. His also the Peak's facilitator, being responsible for assisting the firefighters during their preparations when responding to emergency calls.

Maru has been shown to be incredibly skilled in his line of profession, being capable of solving pretty much every task thrown his way in terms of repairs. His feats include repairing Blade Ranger after the latter gets seriously injured in a crash landing, and repairing the old, broken gearbox belonging to Dusty Crophopper.


Official Description

Maru is the mechanic tug at the Piston Peak Air Attack base. Friendly with a sarcastic sense of humor, he's been around a long time and has the cluttered hangar to prove it. With no budget for new parts, Maru's many shelves of old parts and machinery come in quite handy. The repurposing pro's motto? "It's better than new!"[1]

Role in the Film

Maru is a mechanic tug who is an expert at repairing damaged aircraft, making them good as new. He fixed Dusty Crophopper when he crashed after blowing his engine from saving an RV couple from danger. He even installed a replacement gearbox so Dusty would no longer override his engine while flying at high speeds.


  • He boasts the first opposable thumb in the Planes films.[2]
  • Maru has been shown to be incredibly tied to his job and coworkers and is shown to own a memorial wall where he keeps photos and mementos from coworkers of the past who had to retire after crashing in the line of duty.



  1. Meet the Characters from Planes: Fire & Rescue
  2. Disney's Planes - Disney D23 presents 10 fun facts about Planes: Fire & Rescue, Facebook
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