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The Incredibles

Published January 16, 2010

The Incredibles

Film info

  • Title The Incredibles
  • Director Brad Bird
  • Year 2004
  • Run time 1hr 55m
  • Genres Family, Action, Animation, Adventure
  • Tagline No gut, no glory

Bob Parr (A.K.A. Mr. Incredible), and his wife Helen (A.K.A. Elastigirl), are the world's greatest famous crime-fighting superheroes in Metroville. Always saving lives and battling evil on a daily basis. But fifteen years later, they have been forced to adopt civilian identities and retreat to the suburbs where they have no choice but to retire as superheroes to live a normal life with their three children Violet, Dash and Jack-Jack (who were secretly born with superpowers). 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.

Live blog

TimeComment
1:27Why can’t people just stay saved?
2:30He reminds me very much of Jonny Bravo.
10:37The idea of lawsuits against superheroes is an interesting one. “I didn’t ask to be saved.”
14:50I am curious about the genetic process here. Strength + elasticity = speed?
17:54Gah, children are so horrible to each other.
21:58Stealth bravery is odd.
24:41The concept of celebrating mediocrity gets truer and truer all the time.
26:11I like the idea of a grid on the desk - great way of lining up pencils!
28:27Ha, if he wasn’t fired before…
30:26Ooh, that must be the Apple tablet.
32:21I hope the Apple tablets don’t self-destruct.
35:27That is one beautiful, if creepy, jungle.
38:49What kind of accent does that woman have?
42:26The fashion designer is my favourite character.
46:14Ooh, they split the waterfall. Imagine if Pixar got their hands on Thunderbirds.
54:23She does design good suits.
1:01:25How would you ever be able to control a kid that fast? They are sneaky enough as it is.
1:03:11The Incrediboy has hair like a troll.
1:06:21This line will be useful in future arguments: “I know what I said, listen to what I’m saying now.”
1:10:26I wonder if regaining her figure after being all elastic takes longer as she gets older.
1:16:58I just realised quite a lot of elements of this are Thunderbirds.
1:40:40Note to self: never wear a cape.

Thoughts

Woohoo, another Pixar film! I’ve seen this only once before and I remember it having a bit of a slow start, but as ever, I could barely remember the storyline. It was brilliant as per usual. I feel like this isn’t one I could watch over and over again, as I could iwth some of the other Pixar greats but no one could argue that this wasn’t up to the usual high standard. I’m pretty sure the suit designer needs a spin off of her own.


Revisited Nov 2018

In preparation for watching The Incredibles 2, I realised I had to watch this one again. I had zero recollection of what had happened in the first movie, and as my initial summary says, this wasn’t a Pixar movie that I felt had rewatchable qualities.

I still think that. To be honest, I just don’t know what all the fuss is about. It’s good, and entertaining enough, and Edna is still one of the best things in it. The concept is intriguing, but is the world of superheroes one we need more of at the moment?

I’m interested to see what the sequel holds in store but if there wasn’t one, I don’t think I would be sad about it. There are other Pixars that are more worthy of our time, in my opinion.

Rating: 5 / 5

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