BE­HIND THE SCENES: IN­CRED­I­BLES 2

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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…

WORLD WONDERS

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!

STORY TIME

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.”

TELLY TRAUMA

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!

LIS­TEN UP

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!”

HARD WORK

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.”

FAM­ILY FUN

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.”

BABY TALK

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

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