I just got back from watching Pixar's The Incredibles
and I have got to say a few things about this film. One of the major points
that will come across is that this animation is the most different animation
[Pixar or Dreamworks] to hit the theatres yet. So does that make it incredible?
Read and find out.
Jackson as Frozone. His onscreen time was little compared to the length
of the film.
I would also like to note that the Star Wars: ROTS teaser trailer
did NOT play before the film. So, now I am even more pleased that I was
able to present the trailer through CanMag.Com OVER
The Incredibles: The First Real Action Animation
If you are going into this film expecting to see easy gags such as those
from Shrek 2, Toy Story, Antz, or Ice Age,
you got another thing coming. The Incredibles does offer up humor,
but, unlike the animated films just listed, it does not use humor to run
the course of the film. This Disney/Pixar animation is more likely to have
you smiling through out the entire showing rather than laughing. I am not
claiming that you won't laugh, just not as much as you would in other animated
films that are supposedly for 'children'. Besides this little memo, this
film is s-w-e-e-t.
Alright, The Incredibles will offer occasions of humor but, just
as in Iron Giant [also by Brad Bird], it is not the overall goal of the
film. This is a true action/superhero movie that has been created in animated
form. People fight, there is violence, there are real world issues here.
And I love that Brad Bird and Pixar use an animation to point them out.
Should you take your kids to see the film, YES! Your kids should be able
to look past a lot of the action suspense and enjoy the film. However, if
Star Wars or Indiana Jones was enough to scare your child,
so may The Incredibles.
Talk about the message in this Pixar creation. While I thought the first
hour of The Incredibles was kind of slow [causing the movie to
be just under the two hour mark], it does so to show the effort behind the
characters. The beginning of the movie starts with a reel of Mr. Incredible
[Craig T. Nelson], Elastigirl [Holly Hunter], Frozone [Samuel L. Jackson],
and then later a young Syndrome [Jason Lee]. The beginning of The Incredibles
is set to show the glory days of being a superhero. All of the heroes are
revered and their secret identities respected. However, soon comes a time
of frivolous lawsuits that are aimed at the super heroes for doing such
deeds as saving a person who attempts to commit suicide. Sound familiar
to lawsuits occurring today? Anyway, the super heroes are forced into hiding
by a superhero protection service setup by the government. Therefore, no
more superheroes are left, or willing, to protect society.
Mr.Incredible needs the help of his family to take on Syndrome and his
Mr. Incredible, aka Bob Parr, and Elastigirl, aka Helen Parr, eventually
get married and have three children; one still an infant. Their son, middle
child named Dashiell 'Dash' Parr with what seems to be ADD, has the power
of speed while the daughter, Violet, is a extremely shy, gothic girl who
has the power to create force fields and turn invisible. Because of the
restraints put on the Incredibles by the government and society, the children
must never use their powers and are forced to put self-restraint on themselves.
Violet remains shy and Dash is not allowed to compete in sports.
Dash finally brings this topic to the screen by asking why, when you are
something exceptional, you should have to restrain yourself when you can
be used for the good of society [asking this after never being allowed to
join group sports]. Another comment by Bird on how society is today? This
is only one of the smaller points made in the film too. A very breath-taking
scene [in an animation sense] is when Helen Parr explains what 'bad people'
are to her children after she realizes that her whole family is in danger.
She tells Dash and Violet that bad people are not the people you see on
television shows, real bad people do not care how young or old you are,
they will hurt or kill you just the same. WHOA!! All said within an animation
supposedly aimed at children! There are other points said as well, but I'll
let you view the film to hear them all. However, dialogue does not end the
seriousness of the threat in The Incredibles.
Mr. Incredible comes to need his entire family [except for the infant] to
fight the new source of evil, Syndrome. This includes the young Dash and
Violet. Does Brad Bird take it easy on the two young rookie superheroes?
No, he puts their lives in danger just as you would see a hero in a real
action film. Both kids lives are put at risk a multitude of times during
the film; from falling out of the sky to being shot at by various enemies.
The kids even mention that they could die or could have died. This may actually
push people away from allowing their youngest kids to see the film; the
effect can be unsettling. I, myself, do not have children and loved the
realism to it. This is an action film, if kids want to fight against the
enemy, the enemy will then fight against them. Awesome. And talk about a
As I previously stated, the first hour is pretty slow as you are introduced
to superheroes whom are trying to suppress their urges and live as ordinary
people. However, after this time the film takes off with extended periods
of animated action that should blow your mind. There are scenes that are
so cool that I only wish to mention a couple of them to not blow the surprise
for viewers. One being when Dash is finally allowed to show off his speed,
and must run from Syndrome's henchmen through the jungle; the segment just
shows the power and creation behind CGI animation. As he ran at 100+ miles
an hour through the jungle, I had the sense of Star Wars: Return of
the Jedi during the speeder chase at the Battle of Endor. The foliage
flying by with little visibility ahead was very similar between two films;
There is so much cool, and somewhat brutal, action during the last forty-five
minutes of the film that you just have to sit back and take it all in. Action
includes everything from fighting humans to fighting robots. Truly incredible
work by Pixar to bring credible action scenes to the medium of computer
The Incredibles Is a Change to the CGI Medium and the 'Formula'
Hopefully, after reading what I have written so far, you can see that this
film is the most different of the animations so far. While Shrek 2 and gang
had adult overtones, this film is an adult action picture that has overtones
that allow children to view the films as well. A complete reversal of the
formula that has brought in billions; a reversal that I found refreshing
and greatly enjoyed. I think we are now only a few steps away from on-screen
sex between CGI animated characters [or three leaps, or never].
Even Helen finds times to get violent.
The last thing I greatly appreciated about the film is the ending. The last
ten minutes has about just as much humor as the rest of the film. Which
is great assuming Brad Bird had to end the movie on a lighter note. As a
matter of fact, the last scene of The Incredibles had me howling
in laughter. If there was a little more of this type of humor through out
the whole film, it would have been the A+ animation every one, including
Pixar, is hoping for.
Final Judgment: Thank you Mr. Bird for taking a chance and creating
an animation that took a look at real villains and real threats to the
characters viewed on the screen; characters you do care for. The Incredibles
has the ability to offer an analysis of present-day society, the
family household, loss of adolescence, all the while including an action
flick to boot. This film is just as entertaining as it is real; except,
of course, that it is an animation with superheroes. A-