SUPER NEWS AT LAST
AFTER MORE THAN A DECADE, THE INCREDIBLES ARE BACK ON SCREEN
Fans have waited a long time for an Incredibles sequel, 14 years to be exact. Pixar hasn’t rushed things and that’s understandable considering the success of the first film, which followed a family of undercover superheroes who were forced out of their quiet, suburban lives and into action to save the world.
The Incredibles grossed more than
$633 million worldwide including a $70m opening weekend, the second-largest opening at the time for an animated feature, and won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature.
Following on from Finding Nemo’s Oscar win the year before, The Incredibles helped to solidify Pixar’s dominance of the animated family film space.
The Parr family and their super friends, including Samuel L. Jackson’s Lucius Best, were also Pixar’s first wholly human cast of characters.
Writer-director Brad Bird, who further cemented his relationship with Pixar in 2007’s Ratatouille, returns to the helm for the long-awaited sequel.
“Everyone’s powers are inspired by their role in the family and where they are in their lives at that time,” Bird says.
“We played with traditional archetypes – the strong father figure and the multitasking mother – but in the end, we found that most of us can relate to all of the characters in some way. We’ve all been that impatient 10-year-old or the insecure teenager. We’ve all felt like we’re shouldering an impossible load between home and work or school, and we’ve all felt like we’re being pulled in too many directions.”
In Incredibles 2, Helen (Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring superheroes back, while Bob (Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with their children Violet, Dash and baby Jack-jack.
“We treat being a hero as a vocation,” Bird says of the film.
“The government shuts down the program that protects supers and provides them with housing and jobs. So Helen and Bob are faced with a real-life dilemma. ‘What’s next? How will we pay the bills and provide for our family?’ They’re just like the rest of us.”
A champion of his family, Bob isn’t afraid of taking on the duties at home.
“Bob is perfectly capable of taking care of Violet, Dash and Jack-jack on his own. But he has to fail a lot before he can succeed – like we all do every single day as parents,” Bird says.
“Failure, however, isn’t easy for this particular hero to accept.”
But there are plenty of surprises in store for Bob as Jack-jack’s superpowers emerge.
He could be the most powerful super in the family, but he’s still a toddler with a host of needs, wants and ever-changing emotions that keep even the best parent guessing.
“Anyone who’s taken care of a regular baby day in and day out knows that it can be exhausting,” Bird says.
“Toddlers have curiosity and mobility – but zero judgment. And Jack-jack isn’t just trying out one power – he has a multitude of powers going on.”
Bird also lends his voice to fan-favourite Edna “E’’ Mode, the creative visionary who creates the family’s cutting-edge super suits.
“E takes over every room she enters,” he says.
“No matter how big and strong the people around her are – and she’s often surrounded by supers – her personality just dominates.
“I think we all summon our inner E during our most confident moments.”
INCREDIBLES 2 IS PIXAR’S 20TH FEATURE FILM, AND AT 1 HOUR AND 58 MINUTES IS THE LONGEST OF THE STUDIO’S FILMS TO DATE. THE NEXT PIXAR MOVIE DUE FOR RELEASE IS TOY STORY 4, EXPECTED TO BE IN CINEMAS BY JUNE 2019.