November 5, 2004
On the Big Board
||Quite possibly the best animated film of all time.
||Everything you could hope for in a movie. As with every Pixar film, there's more than meets the eye.
||Kind of a cliche to refer to the title at this point, but it fits. Fantastic to see Pixar stretching its genre legs.
||The title says it all
To date, any movie with the Pixar name attached has been nothing short of an unmitigated success, both financially and critically. That trend looks certain to continue with the release of The Incredibles, which just happens to be written and directed by Brad Bird. For those who are unfamiliar with the name, he was the director of the sadly underrated WB animated flick The Iron Giant along with being an executive consultant on The Simpsons. Though The Iron Giant was poorly marketed and was a tremendous box office disappointment, the movie is easily one of the best films of the ‘90s and in fact is among the greatest animated films ever made. Though the Pixar name is what will matter for marketing purposes, for fans of animation it’s the presence of Bird that makes The Incredibles have the appearance of a film with a great deal of promise.
The story follows the adventures of a dysfunctional family of high-profile superheroes who are trying to live a quiet life in the suburbs after having been placed there by the Witness Protection Program to protect them from a particularly ingenious supervillain (here’s hoping it’s Hank Scorpio). This quiet and idyllic existence is shattered when The Incredibles are called into action to save the world, led by Mr. Incredible, who is the father and head of household. What results is a comedy of errors as the family disagreements start to come out during super-powered battles with the baddies. For example, the daughter of the family dates the son of the arch-nemesis (girls always like rebels), and Mr. Incredible is alarmed to find that the rotten kid has X-ray vision.
Craig T. Nelson will provide the voice for Mr. Incredible, while other cast members include Samuel L. Jackson as the main arch-nemesis, Jason Lee, Holly Hunter and Wallace Shawn. A cameo from Jerry Springer (as himself) is even rumored.
So far, the film looks to have all of the ingredients of a success, and with the recent glut of superhero films, the timing is perfect for a good, funny spoof. Who better than Pixar to be the ones to use their creative spin to craft a world where superheroes have everyday problems with which audience members of all ages can find common ground. (Kim Hollis/BOP)
Comparison films for The Incredibles
|Toy Story 2
|Jimmy Neutron:Boy Genius