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The Incredibles

Pixar's 2004 superhero film directed by Brad Bird.

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The Incredibles

  • Mar 16, 2011
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The Incredibles is the first action-based film that Pixar has done and may I say, they did a very good job and this is another animated classic to add to their collection. The Incredibles has the style and score of a James Bond film, but all the other elements of a superhero film. As is Pixar standard, it has great animation, a creative story, memorable characters, and a greater emotional context to it. Again, it doesn't quite have the pedigree of the Toy Story films, but its still a total thrill ride from beginning to end and a joy to watch.

The Incredibles is about Bob Parr (AKA Mr. Incredible) and Helen Parr (AKA Elastigirl) two superheroes who fought crime back in the day but quit and started a family when superheroes were forced to go into hiding after a string of lawsuits. They have two children, Dash and Violet, who have the ability to run and to turn invisible/create force fields respectively. They try to live a normal quiet life but Bob longs for the old glory days. He receives a mysterious message from a mysterious woman who makes those glory days happen again by giving him an assignment to stop a mysterious robot and save the world from being destroyed by that robot and by Syndrome (AKA Buddy, the boy who wanted to become Incrediboy but was scoffed by Mr Incredible). His family gets involved and they have to fight Syndrome together to save the world.

The movie is also quite witty, and is Pixar's second funniest movie to date (second to Monsters Inc.). It also explores the real life ramifications of superhero-dom (not like that shit TV show No Ordinary Family) and it explores Bob's obsession with being so undervalued that he undervalued his wife and children. Helen did have a few lessons to learn too, like not being ashamed of your powers and remembering some of the glory days as opposed to pretending they never existed. Syndrome is a cool villain too, and he wasn't just born bad, he was bad because he was rejected. The characters are also fun, especially Edna, the eccentric super-suit designer (quite possibly the funniest animated character ever), but they are sympathetic too and we don't want to see anything bad happen to them. Needless to say, they are all great. and deserve to be up against the greats of Toy Story and Monsters Inc. The movie just had me laughing and enjoying it from beginning to end.

The animation is stellar, and the animated set pieces , especially on Nomanisan Island, reminded me of something straight out of a James Bond film with superheroes. The character animation was also great and it helped Pixar improve on their animation of people, which hadn't been spectacular to begin with but has improved. All the tiniest details were tended to and the movie looks great for it. I should also add in this paragraph that the voice casting of the characters matched their designs perfectly.Needless to say, some of the best quality animation I have ever seen, and that's no surprise coming from Pixar.

I would recommend The Incredibles to anyone who loves animated film and to anyone who wants to see a creative twist on the superhero film and see some cool funny characters kick ass. Although it doesn't have the pedigree of Pixar's only viable series, Toy Story, it is still a total thrill ride and a very entertaining movie with a deeper message and some good violent (ish) fun. For Animation Domination, look for something hand-drawn Disney coming your way next!

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review by . September 07, 2010
posted in Movie Hype
Still Solid If Not Incredible
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review by . July 13, 2010
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review by . November 12, 2008
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review by . June 23, 2008
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review by . November 29, 2005
Now along with "Finding Nemo" this is one of the best animated filmed. It is smart, funny and delivers a great family values message. The kids had worned out this DVD over the summer. It would appeal to all audiences, no matter how old or young you are! Samuel L. Jackson and all the cast members deliver their voices with enthusiasm and really get into character!  This movie is great. For me this movie is, without ANY doubt, one of the greatest super-hero movies made to date. This film …
review by . July 17, 2005
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review by . March 17, 2005
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I won't go into reviewing the film itself. Hasn't everyone seen it!! It is terrific, deserved the Oscar and featured particularly high quality voice-work. Craig T. Nelson was a blast, Samuel Jackson was clearly charged up, Holly Hunter shows her funny side, and creator Brad Bird is terrific as Edna. The visuals are typically stunning, groundbreaking work from Pixar. The glossy '50s era sensibilities mixed with modern is just perfect for computer generated films. Pixar, better than anyone, seems …
review by . November 18, 2004
Pros: Story, animation, animation, animation.     Cons: None     The Bottom Line: The true test of a movies appeal is whether or not I would shell out another $6.50 to see it again. Absolutely! Pass the popcorn and M&M’s, plain not peanut.     We live in an age of ever expanding possibilities, where quantum leaps in technology are the norm. But at the same time the quintessential human story remains the same: a timeless loop of emotions; …
review by . November 05, 2004
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Starring Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee
Directed by Brad Bird
Writer:  Brad Bird
2004

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From the Academy Award(R) winning creators of FINDING NEMO (2003 Best Animated Feature Film) comes the action-packed animated adventure about the mundane and incredible lives of a house full of superheroes. Bob Parr and his wife Helen used to be among the world's greatest crime fighters, saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. Fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they live "normal" lives with their three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. Itching to get back into action, Bob gets his chance when a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island for a top secret assignment. He soon discovers that it will take a super family effort to rescue the world from total destruction. Exploding with fun and featuring an all-new animated short film, this spectacular 2-disc collector's edition DVD is high-flying entertainment for everyone.
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Director: Brad Bird
Genre: Comedy
Release Date: November 5, 2004
MPAA Rating: PG
Screen Writer: Brad Bird
DVD Release Date: March 15, 2005
Runtime: 1hr 55min
Studio: Walt Disney Pictures, Pixar Animation Studios
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