Time for another instalment of my Pixar series. This time with The Incredibles.
Director: Brad Bird
The Incredibles was released in 2004 and is the sixth film produced by Pixar. This film marks the first Pixar film directed and written by Brad Bird. Bird developed the film as an extension of 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life. He pitched the film to Pixar after the box office disappointment of his first feature, The Iron Giant (1999). The animation team were presented with a new task, which involved animating an all-human cast, which required creating new technology to animate detailed human anatomy, clothing and realistic skin and hair.
Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world’s greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. However this film takes place fifteen years after their glory days, having been forced to obtain normal civilian identities and become a suburban family with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack. However Bob is not satisfied with this suburban life, and when approached with an opportunity to reunite with his superhero past, he jumps on board, unaware that his decision to return to the superhero world will greatly impact the lives of his family. Together, they try to destroy Syndrome, the films antagonist who is determined to destroy ever superhero that ever existed so that he will have eternal glory.
- Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible
- Holly Hunter as Helen Parr/Elastigirl
- Jason Lee as Buddy Pine/Syndrome
- Spencer Fox as Dash
- Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr
- Eli Fucile and Maeve Andrews as Jack-Jack
- Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best/Frozone
- Elizabeth Peña as Mirage
- Brad Bird as Edna Mode
– Bob Parr/ Mr. Incredible
His superpower is strength.
– Helen Parr/ Elastigirl
Helen is married to Bob Parr and is also a superhero named Elastigirl. As her name may suggest, her superpower is her flexibility and ability to stretch and use her body like rubber.
Violet is the first-born child to the Parr family. She is quite shy and hides half her face behind her hair.
She also has the power to become invisible (hence the irony of the photo!) and can generate a protective force-field
Dash is the middle child of the family and this is evident through his use of his super-powers to act up in school.
His superpower is super speed, something which he is very proud of, and wants to use as often as he can for his advantage.
He has the ability to make ice from himself and the humidity in the air.
– Edna Mode
She is responsible for the outfits for the Parr family.
As a young boy, Buddy idolised Mr. Incredible, but when Mr. Incredible told Buddy to go home that he was no help to him, this was a turning point in the character and he turned evil, thus becoming the main antagonist of the film.
Syndrome, as he has nicknames himself, has no superpowers however has invented many different machines to simulate various superpowers for himself.
The Incredibles is the first Pixar film to be scored by Michael Giacchino. That’s right kids, not even a relative of Randy Newman composed the music on this film. Brad Bird is said to have wanted a specific sound to go with the feel of this movie.
John Barry was originally sought out for to compose the score of this film, however due to creative differences, the job was given to Giacchino instead.
The soundtrack of this film was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Score Soundtrack for Visual Media.
This was difficult. Darn you Pixar, why do you have to create such amazing characters?!
I think I have to pick two. Yes this is kind of cheating but hey who cares, right?
First off, Dash. Besides being a little cutie, Dash is actually a really funny character. He has some great one liners and is so enthused about everything, especially when it comes to his superpower – speed. I also love the way he ‘beats up the bad guys’ when they try to kill his sister. I mean I know if someone is trying to kill your sister, you are hardly going to stand by idly while she gets killed, but still, even though they fight all the time, he is still very protective of her which I thought was adorable.
Next favourite character has to be Edna Mode. She is amazing, what’s not to love? She is blunt, sassy, and doesn’t give a damn. She is also very funny and to top it all off, writer/director Brad Bird actually provides the voice for her. Amazing.
My favourite quote happens right after the jet that Helen Parr and her two children, Violet and Dash, are traveling on is destroyed and they are in the water and Dash says very over-dramatically “We’re dead! We’re dead! We survived but we’re dead!”
This just made me laugh, again probably because Dash is one of my favourite characters.
Favourite scene is definitely when Edna Mode is showing Helen/Elastigirl the outfits she has designed for her family that enhance their superpowers even more.
If you are unaware as to what A113 is, it is an Easter egg (inside joke) that is present in all 13 of the Pixar animated feature films.
A113 stands for the number of the classroom used for graphic design and character animation in the school used by John Lasseter and Brad Bird.
I think Pixar tried to make the A113 slightly more hidden in this film. It features in the prison level where Mr. Incredible is held as “Level A1” in Cell #13: A1 & 13
- In the original script, Syndrome only appeared in the opening scene. When the Pixar animators responded much more strongly to him than the main villain (originally named Xerek), he was moved to that role.
- Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Walt Disney’s Nine Old Men (his team of nine supervising master animators from the classic era of animation), provide voices for their own caricatures near the end of the film.
- In order to give Dash a realistic out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird made Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.
- Brad Bird’s son Nicholas Bird is the voice for the little boy on the tricycle. The little boy on the tricycle is named Rusty; this is revealed only in the film credits and in a comic published in Disney Adventures Magazine.
- Syndrome’s facial features are based on those of the film’s director, Brad Bird.
- In the beginning of the film, when a robber is going through a woman’s purse on the roof of a building, a Mr. Incredible Pez dispenser can be seen among the items scattered on the ground.
- When Edna gives Helen the homing device for the first time in the laboratory, the GPS zooms into the San Francisco area, where the Pixar Animation Studios is located (Emeryville, California) and the old studio building in Point Richmond.
- Most of the story takes place in a city called Metroville. It’s a combination of Metropolis and Smallville, which are, respectively, the cities where Superman lives and where he was raised.
- Jason Lee (Buddy/Syndrome) recorded his vocals in four days, while Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible) recorded his vocals over the span of two years.
- In the whole movie, you can see 35 explosions, 189 buttons being pressed, and approximately 640 gunshots.
- When Buddy first meets Mr. Incredible, he has put on a hero mask and filled in the area around his eyes with a blue marker. A similar technique was used in all the Batman films to make the eyes of the actor more visible against the black mask.
- The first Disney/Pixar film to receive PG rating.
- The first Pixar film not to receive an Oscar nomination for its music.
Who doesn’t love a good superhero movie?! Add to that the fact it is a Pixar superhero movie? I’m sold!
Overall this was yet another fantastic movie from Pixar. The characters were really strong, and although they weren’t necessarily unique (the have often been compared to many avengers superhero’s, particularly the fantastic four), they still hold their own.
One thing I will say is perhaps the storyline could have been developed more. Perhaps slightly less predictable, or maybe even a sequel film. Out of all the Pixar films, I have always said that The Incredibles was the one that could definitely pull off a sequel. I mean, they have done sequels for Toy Story, Monster’s Inc, Cars, and soon Finding Nemo, why not The Incredibles?!
Other than that I love this film and it is well worth the watch if you have never seen it before!
I shall leave you with this parting image…
Next in this series: Cars