The Incredibles

DVD Reviews | Mar 24th, 2005

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Starring Craig T Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, Samuel L Jackson, Spencer Fox, Wallace Shawn, Sarah Vowell, Brad Bird
Written By: Brad Bird
Directed By: Brad Bird
Studio: Pixar/ Disney
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The latest from the animation giant’s Pixar Studios/Disney are back with one of their most successful films to date. The Incredibles was a smash at the box office, and rightfully so. The film is an excellent balance between adventure and family, and is one of the more mature films Pixar has put out so far. The Incredibles is about a family of superheroes that must go into hiding, like an FBI relocation program to save them from the rest of the world who they were out to protect. Bob Parr is now forced to live a life of a normal, everyday citizen working as a claims insurance agent… a.k.a BORING. Bob wants to just be himself and help stop crime and thwart danger. Along with his wife, Helen (formerly Elastigirl) and his three kids, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack, the Parr’s will eventually have to reveal themselves to stop one of Bob’s former nemesis, whom he had a hand in corrupting. The Incredibles is full of fun, excitement and humor, Brad Bird has himself another hit after his last feature, The Iron Giant. The Incredibles is one of the best movies of 2004.

Bob Parr was the man, Mr. Incredible. Cocky, tough and smart, Mr. Incredible was on top of the superhero list as the go-to guy. This all changed when a pesky lawsuit forces every superhero into hiding under a similiar relocation program like the feds use. All superheroes were now supposed to be hidden from the rest of society and blend in so that they would not draw attention to themselves. Bob Parr has resorted to working in a crappy job, and being miserable. Occasionally, he goes out on the town with Frozone (Samuel L Jackson) to talk about the days of old and hope some crime comes along their way so they can participate. Then Mr Incredible is summoned to a secret island by a mysterious woman for some business opportunities. This means it was jus a trap to try and kill Mr Incredible. The family starts to worry about Bob’s whereabouts, led by his wife Helen. She ends up tracking down Bob through his costume with a homing device that was installed with the suit. The kids of course, sneak onboard for the fun and get themselves involved. Poor Jack-Jack is left all alone with the babysitter. On a side note, check out the DVD-extra about what happened while the rest of the family was away. It was hilarious. With almost the entire family out to search for dad, a plot to take over the world by Syndrome, a former fan of Mr Incredible has now become his nemesis. By creating giant robots, Syndrome wants to conquer the world under his rule. The Incredibles must do everything in their power to stop him and unite as a family.

With one of the best movies this year, comes some of the best extras this year. Featuring, as previously mentioned, an all new short film starring Jack Jack in “Jack Jack Attack.” Jack-Jack does not like be babysitted and Kari The Babysitter is in for a few surprises. Also, if you enjoyed the short film “Boundin'” that was in front of The Incredibles in theaters, well now you can watch it on disk 2 of the DVD. Personally, I did not like it. I also enjoyed the bloopers, outtakes, deleted scenes and alternate opening. The deleted scenes were not completed so when you watch them they are still animated in a rough animation sketch. Brad Bird has plenty to say with his commentary as well as the documentary, “Behind The Scenes “Making Of” The Incredibles.” There are other great features on this DVD that you have to check out.

The Incredibles was fun and exciting to watch, and I hope down the road they continue the films with sequels. The storylines could go on and on, and would definitely be sure-fire hits at the box office. The Incredibles is a great family film as well as an excellent portrayal of superheroes. I can’t recommend this film enough.

-Filmmakers’ Audio Commentaries
-“Jack-Jack Attack” — Jack-Jack Challenges Kari The Babysitter In An Exclusive, All-New Animated Short
-The Academy Award(R) Nominated Pixar Animation Studios Short Film “Boundin.'”
-“Incredi-Blunders” Bloopers And Outtakes
-Deleted Scenes And Alternate Opening
-Top Secret Files On All The Supers
-Behind-The-Scenes “Making Of” THE INCREDIBLES

-ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 CC

-Widescreen 2.35:1 Color (Anamorphic)


Favorite Scenes: Mad Dash across the island, Bob’s battle with the bot, Helen visits Edna Mode
Rating: PG
Running Time: 115 minutes
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