I am a huge fan of both Pixar movies and superheroes. So, when The Incredibles came out, I had to go see it. I was pretty young at the time, but my mom was the person who got me into superheroes and she was more than willing to take me to the local theatre. I honestly thought, like most people, that everyone has seen the high-profile Disney movies. That was until I found out that a friend of mine has not seen the Incredibles, Lilo and Stitch, and many more must see Disney films. I guess some people still need convincing.
Who is responsible for the damages to cities after a super fight? How do you legally punish someone who has a secret identity? When there are no more super villains, do we still need superheroes? When you are no longer needed, what does a hero do when they have to hang up the tights? These are all questions that are asked in the superhero world and they are questions that the Incredibles attempted to answer. With bills piling up, a lack of super villains, and a disgruntled populous, the government decided that it was time for the supers to hang up the tights and get a day job. Through documentation and attempted reintegration, the plan was to make it seems like superheroes were neither needed nor even existed for that matter. A chance to reintegrate sounds great until you realize that you miss the thrill of crime fighting and the glory that comes with it. For Mr. Incredible, that was an all too depressing reality. Our story follows the Parr’s which is the new identity of former heroes Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl who decided to get married and illegally start a family. The super phenomenon was meant to be nipped in the bud, so reproduction was made illegal under the reintegration initiative, but that law seems almost oppressive. The result of this illegal family is three children, two of which have access to super human abilities. When Mr. Incredible gets restless, he gets into something that is bigger than he had ever imagined and the result of this will show the world whether or not it was truly ready to retire its caped crusaders.
Robert Parr is the new name of Mr. Incredible as he attempts to live a normal life. Bob has super strength and durability with what was once a hot-shot attitude. He has tried to be normal for the family that he loves, but Mr. Incredible just can’t give up the hero life. Helen Parr is Elastigirl whose power is the ability to stretch like Plastic Man or Luffy. Elastigirl may be a housewife, but she doesn’t back down to anyone and tries her best to keep her super powered family in check. Violet Parr is the oldest child and daughter of the super pair. With her ability to bend light to make herself invisible and create force fields, much like the invisible woman, Violet personifies her invisibility powers with a very shy and self-conscious personality. Dashiell Parr is the son of the family and Violet’s younger brother. Dash, as he is called by those close to him, is your typical hot-headed youngster with the very fitting ability of super speed. Jack Jack Parr is the baby of the family and is still too young to show off any super abilities. Buddy Pine has been gaining vast wealth in order to become our main Villain known as Syndrome. Edna Mode is a famous fashion designer who made the many costumes used by the supers throughout the majority of the super era. Lucious Best is Robert’s best friend and fellow hero known as Frozone. Lucious has ice powers, lives a pretty classy lifestyle, and the best part is that he is voiced by Samuel L. Jackson. Throughout the movie you are introduced to several other heroes and the agency that has attempted to handle the reintegration of the supers.
I really loved The Incredibles. You have your great Pixar family film feel that will appeal to people of all ages, a great integration of superheroes that I know I really enjoyed, and some great fight and chase scenes that come along with the superhero theme. The fact that the movie attacks such classic questions regarding a world where superheroes exist was very intriguing to me and I believe was very well executed. We get to see tributes to some of the great superheroes in the industry and you can tell that whoever was behind the character designs enjoyed the Fantastic Four. The only thing I didn’t like was Boundin’, the short that occurred before the movie, because I hold Pixar shorts to a pretty high standard. Honestly, the Incredibles is my favorite Pixar movie which says a lot when the same company made the Toy Story franchise.
Go watch this movie. The Incredibles should appeal to a great variety of people from your superhero fans, to your Pixar fans, to people who just enjoy great movies. The characters are well-developed, the story is very interesting, and the animation was revolutionary for its time. Even though the movie came out in 2004, because it is a Pixar film you can find it at most of your local DVD providers. I suggest that you support this movie so that Pixar will continue to make more films and hopefully consider making a much wanted sequel to this fantastic film.