BEHIND THE SCENES: INCREDIBLES 2
MR Incredible, Elastigirl, Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack return to the big screen in
Incredibles 2. Want to know what to expect from the superhero sequel? Adam Tanswell headed to Pixar’s offices in California to find out…
Back in 2004, Disney released an animated movie called The Incredibles. The story followed the action-packed adventures of a family of superheroes, in a film that went on to win an Oscar. It’s taken 14 years for Pixar to release the follow-up to the superhero saga, but the gang is finally back in action with Incredibles 2. Kerpow!
THE PARR-FECT FAMILY
Mr and Mrs Parr are the proud parents of an incredible family of superheroes. Helen Parr, aka Elastigirl, is a mother with super-stretchy skills. Bob Parr, aka Mr Incredible, is a father with mega-strength. Violet is a sassy 14-year-old who can create force fields and has the power of invisibility. Dash is a ten-year-old schoolboy with super speed and Jack-Jack is a toddler with unknown secrets. This is not your average household!
As soon as writer/director Brad Bird finished work on The Incredibles, he had two ideas for a sequel. “These ideas have stuck with me ever since then,” he explains. “The first idea was a role switch between Bob and Helen. I wanted Elastigirl to step into the spotlight and leave Bob at home to deal with the family. Secondly, I wanted to show Jack-Jack’s powers. These ideas never left the project. They’ve made it into Incredibles 2.”
What can Brad Bird tease about the movie’s baddie? “The villain’s name is Screenslaver,” he reveals. “Screenslaver has the power to control potentially large numbers of people by using TV screens, monitors… whatever people might be watching. And while Elastigirl is pursuing Screenslaver, this clever villain seems to be targeting her, too.” Eek!
The awe-inspiring superheroes of Incredibles 2 are voiced by the original actors who worked on the first movie, apart from Dash. “Craig T Nelson is back as Mr Incredible and Helen Hunt is back as Elastigirl,” says Brad Bird. “Sarah Vowell is back as Violet and Samuel L Jackson is back as Frozone, but the actor who voiced Dash in the original movie is now in his 20s. We cast a newcomer called Huck Milner for the role in Incredibles 2. He’s fantastic!”
It took four years to make the first movie. It took three years to make the sequel!
THE PARR PLOT
How would Brad Bird describe the story of the sequel? “In Incredibles 2, superheroes are illegal,” the director explains. “They are not allowed to use their powers, but there are calls for them to be made legal again. Bob, Helen and Frozone want things to change. Thankfully, they meet some very powerful people who they hope can help make that happen.”
STEP BACK IN TIME
Incredibles 2 picks up the story of the Parrs immediately after the end of the first movie. “We wanted to get right back into the action,” explains Brad Bird. “I didn’t want to return to the Parr family years later to see what they were doing. I wasn’t interested in working with an older Jack-Jack either. I like him as a baby because he represents what babies are to me. They could be nothing, but they could be everything.”
Did you know that the theme of family is reflected in the Parr’s powers? “Within a family, the dad is often expected to be strong – much like Mr Incredible,” explains Brad Bird. “The mum is often stretched in a million directions. Teenagers are defensive and insecure, which is why Violet has force fields and invisibility. Ten-year-olds are energy balls that are always on, and babies are unknowns. They could have no powers at all or they could be the next leader of the free world.”
Prepare for some side-splitting superhero antics when Jack-Jack’s powers are finally revealed in the movie. We don’t want to give away too much, but there will definitely be some teleporting and shape-shifting skills from the talented toddler when he comes face-to-face with a rascally raccoon. There may even be some laser vision and fireballs. Watch out!
Incredibles 2 is in cinemas from 13 July