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The Incredibles

2004-11-22 03:35:31.753777+00 by Dan Lyke 4 comments

Finally got around to seeing The Incredibles[Wiki] yesterday. Given the curve of Pixar films I expected to be well entertained with really cool visuals for an hour and a half.

We ended up sitting through the credits, not just because we felt obligated to read off all the names we knew (although, yes, that feeling does occur when I know members of the crew), but because even the credits were just damned cool. And when we left, Charlene, who'd said "do we have to see this one on the big screen?", said "I may have to see that one again".

I don't know what I can add to the accolades already awarded, but one of the things to note is that this is a Brad Bird[Wiki] film, and has some of the same sorts of subversive undertones that Iron Giant[Wiki] did. I'd even go so far as to compare the story to Neil Gaiman[Wiki]'s work, and not just because both play with odd takes on superheroes.

But even at the basic level of "a really cool superhero story", this one works well. The visuals are stunning and take advantage of the technology while still saying true to an art direction that feels like a comic book, the lair of the villain has all the neat gadgetry you'd want a supervillain to create, the oft mentioned family and midlife crisis aspects thankfully do not degenerate into a heartwarming sitcom, and I'm going to buy the soundtrack when it becomes available.

If it had been another Finding Nemo[Wiki] I would have said "cute", acknowledged that it was once again visually stunning, but story-wise Pixar[Wiki] films would have dropped off my "must see" list. Instead, this one's very recommended.

Oh, and if the reaction of the kids at the matinee during the credits was any indication, Brad Bird[Wiki] has generated a brand all his own.

[ related topics: Art & Culture Animation Pixar Children and growing up Neil Gaiman Graphics Movies ]

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#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-22 13:59:54.615521+00 by: debrahyde

I'm speculating that little kids who see The Incredibles *now* will never want to see a live-action James Bond movie when they grow up -- because they've already seen the best spy movie ever.

Funny, but the one thing my teen kids saw as really funny was the whole running gag about "capes." Probably because it's like your mother telling you something for ages and ages, then you finally witness something that proves she was right all along. Hey, works for me.

#Comment Re: and I'm a personal friend made: 2004-11-23 12:13:24.397072+00 by: ghasty [edit history]

Was down at WDW back in October for an annual pass sneak preview of the animation tour at MGM... Loved the film

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-23 17:18:55.925943+00 by: TC

This was the first Pixar film I had't seen any work in progress and I think that enhanced my viewing. It also helped to see it with my family shortly after release (read full theater with laughing,cheering). My daughters (twins age 7) loved it and I must be a teenager at heart because I roared at the cape gags too. Brad Bird got me again with his "I'm not strong enough" moment like he did with the "no following" moment in Iron giant. Great Film. Saw the preview for "Cars" and when "Hun?" Oh Pixar please don't jump the shark on your first non Disney film.

#Comment Re: made: 2004-11-24 01:36:49.597644+00 by: ghasty

Thought "Cars" was going to be the last Disney