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Bob parr and his wife used to be among the worlds greatest crime fighters. 15 years later they are living normal suburban lives with civilian identities. Bob gets his chance to get back into action with a top-secret assignment. He soon discovers it will take a super family effort to save the world. Studio: Buena Vista Home Video Release Date: 05/16/2008 Starring: Voices Of Craig T Nelson Samuel L Jackson Run time: 115 minutes Rating: Pg
After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, The Iron Giant, filmmaker Brad Bird joined top-drawer studio Pixar to create this exciting, completely entertaining computer-animated film. Bird gives us a family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash. When a stranger named Mirage (voiced by Elizabeth Pena) secretly recruits Bob for a potential mission, the old glory days spin in his head, even if his body is a bit too plump for his old super suit.
Bird has his cake and eats it, too. He and the Pixar wizards send up superhero and James Bond movies while delivering a thrilling, supercool action movie that rivals Spider-Man 2 for 2004's best onscreen thrills. While it's just as funny as the previous Pixar films, The Incredibles has a far wider-ranging emotional palette (it's Pixar's first PG film). Bird takes several jabs, including some juicy commentary on domestic life ("It's not graduation, he's moving from the fourth to fifth grade!").
The animated Parrs look and act a bit like the actors portraying them, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee also have a grand old time as, respectively, superhero Frozone and bad guy Syndrome. Nearly stealing the show is Bird himself, voicing the eccentric designer of superhero outfits ("No capes!"), Edna Mode.
Nominated for four Oscars, The Incredibles won for Best Animated Film and, in an unprecedented win for non-live-action films, Sound Editing.
This two-disc set is (shall we say it?), incredible. The digital-to-digital transfer pops off the screen and the 5.1 Dolby sound will knock the socks off most systems. But like any superhero, it has an Achilles heel. This marks the first Pixar release that doesn't include both the widescreen and full-screen versions in the same DVD set, which was a great bargaining chip for those cinephiles who still want a full-frame presentation for other family members. With a 2.39:1 widescreen ratio (that's big black bars, folks, ¨¤ la Dr. Zhivago), a few more viewers may decide to go with the full-frame presentation. Fortunately, Pixar reformats their full-frame presentation so the action remains in frame.
The most-repeated segments will be the two animated shorts. Newly created for this DVD is the hilarious "Jack-Jack Attack," filling the gap in the film during which the Parr baby is left with the talkative babysitter, Kari. "Boundin'," which played in front of the film theatrically, was created by Pixar character designer Bud Luckey. This easygoing take on a dancing sheep gets better with multiple viewings (be sure to watch the featurette on the short).
Brad Bird still sounds like a bit of an outsider in his commentary track, recorded before the movie opened. Pixar captain John Lasseter brought him in to shake things up, to make sure the wildly successful studio would not get complacent. And while Bird is certainly likable, he does not exude Lasseter's teddy-bear persona. As one animator states, "He's like strong coffee; I happen to like strong coffee." Besides a resilient stance to be the best, Bird threw in an amazing number of challenges, most of which go unnoticed unless you delve into the 70 minutes of making-of features plus two commentary tracks (Bird with producer John Walker, the other from a dozen animators). We hear about the numerous sets, why you go to "the Spaniards" if you're dealing with animation physics, costume problems (there's a reason why previous Pixar films dealt with single- or uncostumed characters), and horror stories about all that animated hair. Bird's commentary throws out too many names of the! ! animators even after he warns himself not to do so, but it's a lively enough time. The animator commentary is of greatest interest to those interested in the occupation.
There is a 30-minute segment on deleted scenes with temporary vocals and crude drawings, including a new opening (thankfully dropped). The "secret files" contain a "lost" animated short from the superheroes' glory days. This fake cartoon (Frozone and Mr. Incredible are teamed with a pink bunny) wears thin, but play it with the commentary track by the two superheroes and it's another sharp comedy sketch. There are also NSA "files" on the other superheroes alluded to in the film with dossiers and curiously fun sound bits. "Vowellet" is the only footage about the well-known cast (there aren't even any obligatory shots of the cast recording their lines). Author/cast member Sarah Vowell (NPR's This American Life) talks about her first foray into movie voice-overs--daughter Violet--and the unlikelihood of her being a superhero. The feature is unlike anything we've seen on a Disney or Pixar DVD extra, but who else would consider Abe Lincoln an action figure? --Doug Thomas
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- The incredibles (2-disc collector's edition)
This dvd is good for showing off to your friends.The colour, the quality of the video looks like High definition, are the goodies of this animated, PC generated dvd. AV magazines highly recommended this dvd, as one of the best dvd of the year. I highly recommend you to buy one when it is running out of stock from Amazon. The price is great!
Kwok Lau...more info
With movies like Shrek and Shark's Tale, Hollywood's goal with animated movies lately seems to be how far filmmakers can push the envelope in terms of weaving adult humor and sexuality into "family" films. As a result, I was becoming rather cynical. Yeah, the production values and music and acting in many of these movies is outstanding, but why did the goal have to be "how much can we get away with while maintaining a PG rating?"
I'm pleased to report that (as another reviewer likewise mentioned) this film restored my faith in family animated films.
Everything about this film was well done. The plot, the music, the art direction, the animation, the casting of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, and Samuel L. Jackson, and of course the acting.
The Incredibles is about a family of superheroes. Public pressure and a lawsuit have caused the government to suspend all superhero activities because the liabilities are too high. As such, the few remaining superheroes have been put into a sort of FBI "witness protection program" where they have to assume normal identities. Trouble is, Mr. Incredible (played by Craig T. Nelson) is incredibly bored with his menial job as an insurance agent and his kids are having trouble keeping their super-abilities concealed. Nobody in the family seems truly happy and Mr. Incredible trudges off to work each day in a funk. His perky wife (played by Holly Hunter) tries to keep everything together, but the strain is obviously wearing on everyone. When Mr. Incredible is approached with a secret assignment to use his superpowers again, he jumps at the chance. However, he soon finds out that he's been tricked and is being held hostage by an evil genius and wannabe superhero named Syndrome. When Mrs. Incredible learns of the plot, it's up to her and the kids to use their own superpowers to rescue Mr. Incredible and together save the world from Syndrome and his latest creation.
1) The plot is genuinely fun and wholesome as a fragmented family learns to love and appreciate one another again while working as a team.
2) The artwork is absolutely fabulous - it has a 60s James Bond feel to it that I loved. As a child of the 60s, I love this retro look.
3) Music was likewise fabulous and had that 60s James Bond / Peter Gunn feel to it. It perfectly complemented the visual aspect of the movie. I have a decent home theater system and the movie sounds superb - both music and sound effects.
4) The language was wholesome throughout - no sexual innuendoes or double entendres as seem to be so "fashionable" in other animated films these days. There was plenty of visual and verbal humor here - outstanding writing.
5) The animation iself was absolutely superb. CG just keeps getting better and better, but they don't use it to carry the film here. The music, acting, script, and production values all contribute to a first-class movie
6) Parents and kids alike will enjoy this because the plot deals with adult issues, like marriage problems, without being unsuitable for even small children and the language and nuances, as noted in #4 above, never crosses the line into PG-13 territory.
7) The casting was superb. The voices matched the characters perfectly. I particularly liked the disaffected teen voice of Violet and the guy who did Syndrome. Both are unknowns but were perfect for the parts. Nelson, Hunter, and Jackson are perfect as well. And as I note below (see TRIVIA), the person who voiced "E" was not only a surprise, they were absolutely perfect for the part as well.
Can you spell "none?"
You'll notice how Mr. Incredible, Dash, Jack-Jack, and Syndrome all look similar to one another. That's because they are all visually patterned after the director, Brad Bird. Bird is also the voice of "E" - the fashion designer in the movie, clearly patterned after Edith Head. He perfectly nails the snobbish, cultured elite fashionista thing. When I realized it was a male doing her voice when the credits rolled at the end, I was amazed. When I realized it was the director's voice, I was even more amazed. Bird is apparently a bit of a control freak, but whatever he did, it resulted in a fabulous film and put Pixar back on the map again as a force to be reckoned with.
The BOTTOM LINE:
Pixar has shown that they are the masters of this genre with such home runs as Toy Story and Toy Story 2. In my opinion, The Incredibles is even better and is their best effort to date. The extra features on the DVD are enjoyable as well, and I never tire of watching how the animators do their thing. There is also a hysterical little short called "Jack-Jack Attack" that shows what happens with the Incredible's infant son Jack-Jack when they leave him with a babysitter and he displays his budding superpowers.
I can't imagine anyone honestly not enjoying this film. It has to be one of the best family films ever produced - animated or otherwise. I'm glad we own it. I enjoy watching it every 6 months or so. If you've never seen the movie, watch it. If you are like 99.999% of the population, you'll love it too....more info
Great movie - loved the animation - pixar always tops themselves with their movies. I love the fact that they will actually make "bloopers" - just go the extra effort and work to get the laughs. All the kids love watching it as it's one that they pick on movie night over and over....more info
- The incredibles are incredible!
This 2-disc collectors edition of the incredibles is incredible! The bonus disc is very cool -tells of various involvements regarding the creation of the movie and the movie itself is action-packed after the initial mediocre office scenes.
The package arrived in very good condition and in new condition. The picture and sound quality is excellent-overall a very wise purchase!
I wonder if they plan to make in the future a sequel to the incredibles?...more info
- Great Movie
Another great movie that we have watched with our 3 yr old over and over....more info
- Among my favorites, animated OR live-action.
This is, hands down, my favorite animated film. But more than that, it's one of my favorite movies of all time. Not only is the look gorgeous (at once modern and retro), but it has one of the most emotionally complex storylines of any "kids" movie I've seen - dealing with mortality, family dynamics, and more. The filmmakers get a lot of mileage out of an extraordinary family having to deal with ordinary situations, and some of the dialogue to that effect is truly thought-provoking. In addition, for comic book geeks, there are some great bits poking fun at the habits of superheroes and supervillians. All in all, a brilliant, touching, and hilarious movie that most everyone can enjoy on many different levels, though it's not a film I'd recommend for very young kids....more info
- Worth Every Penny
Anybody who enjoys Pixar movies will enjoy this one. It has everything... action, suspense, comedy and a good story. I love the whole retro look of everything in the movie, it's great. The movie would not be complete without "Edna" the clothing designer. The character inter-action is outstanding. This is one of my all-time favorites from the Pixar files.
- Sure to be a Classic!
I love this movie! It's funny, engaging and has a clean sense of humor for the little ones as well as adults - in the true Disney style. I am happy to add it to my family's movie selection....more info
- "Things Exploding, People Hugging"
"Things exploding, people hugging." That's what composer Michael Ciacchino said the score was about for "The Incredibles". Director Brad Bird echoed that, saying it was aimed at being a balance of the mundane and the fantastic. It did a fantastic job at that.
This was the first Pixar picture I watched, and I can see why people rave about their animation. I thoroughly enjoyed the story. I will admit that I found it interesting the similarity between the foursome and the Fantastic Four (one stretches, one is super-strong, and one is invisible with force fields in both quartets). I also think it stretched reality a little -- I can imagine the son of a superman type inheriting super-speed, but there is no explanation why a super strong parent and an elastic parent could produce a daughter who turns invisible and throws force fields. Likewise, if superheroes were out-lawed, what could keep evil supers from running wild? But when did facts stand in the way of a good story?
The story was very entertaining. It dealt with adult themes in a way that children wouldn't be bored or question something inappropriate. The writing was great to show human people who just happened to have powers. It made a great jab at bureauracy being no better than criminals.
Also, I enjoyed the James Bond-ish music. The characters were great as well.
Spoiler alert!!! The rest of this review may ruin some surprises -- read at your own risk! Also, some of this is my opinion of life in general.
The villain, Syndrome, when he was younger, had wanted to be the sidekick for Mr. Incredible, who told him to get lost, that he could handle things on his own. So Syndrome's plan was to sell superpowers to everyone, and commented "When everybody is super, nobody is super." Actually, that is the reality. In a sense, each of us are super, so nobody is better than anyone else. (My thoughts here.)
There is a theme that we are not meant to go about it alone. If Mr. Incredible has decided to work with "Indrediboy", maybe there would never have been a Syndrome. In the end, Mr. Incredible learned he was meant to be part of a team, and that team was his family. We need to realize that this is true of us as well.
The alternate beginning drove home the family point. I think they did the better opening, but I wish they were able to do as the alternate beginning did, and have Helen tell some career woman who looked down on home mothers the fact that one is no less important than the other.
I enjoyed the extra features. I would have moved the Incrediblunders up on the menu, because a lot of them were shown in the making of the Incredibles. I was disappointed there was little shown about the voice-actors. I did find the "essay" by Sarah Vowell (who provided the voice for Violet) intersting, since Vowell and I share interest in the Garfield and McKinley administrations, though I think she would benefit from Toastmasters....more info
- Awesome movie
Movie is an great shape, but i thought it was going to come in the regular dvd box, which it didn't, but for the price it's still a great deal!...more info
- Really really good
These Pixar films just get better and better. The Incredibles was recommended to me by so many people that I had to watch it if only to stop people frmo hounding me about it. And it's brilliant. As well as being funny and action packed, it appeals to all ages and it's really moving in places too! How did that happen? Well done to the folks that keep churning out these high quality animated flicks. keep up the good work....more info
- Fun Animation
The Incredibles will make you laugh and laugh for days. I truly enjoyed it....more info
- it's a great movie for everybody.
This movie its great, not only for child but this movie belongs to the new category of all public animated movie. It's cute enough to be watched for children of all ages and has the lack of violence that put the mark of Disney, but is still very entertained and funny.
Very good familiar movie....more info
This is my favorite pixar movie; I can watch it with my kids, and we never get bored.
The animation is top notch, and the voice acting is perfect. i dislike animations where you can recognize the famous actor who is voicing the character, but in the Incredibles, it never takes you out of the movie. The story itself....revolves around a retired super hero family (not to different from the Fantastic Four), and a villain bent on destroying all "Supers".
Brad Bird should be given an award for this movie, it rivals his other great work, The Iron Giant, in greatness. I hope I hope I hope they make a sequel. ...more info
- Another "Incredible" Production From The Masters At Pixar
More animated magic from Pixar, this 2004 Academy Award winner for Best Animated Feature Film is lots of fun as a family of Superheroes, led by Mr. Incredible and his wife, Elastigirl, take on rejected fan and now anti-hero Syndrome. Okay, so it's not "Citizen Kane" or "Casablanca," but honestly, do you see Bogey voicing someone like Mr. Incredible? Of course not! Just as older Disney animated features were classic of their era, so, too, are today's offerings from Pixar. Well, most of them, at least! And this is one of them......more info
- Pixar bats another one out of the park.
The Incredibles (Brad Bird, 2004)
The Incredibles is a fun little film when you watch it; interesting, kind of engaging, but nothing terribly special; it's doesn't reach out and grab hold of your throat and slap you around the room with its greatness the way Monsters, Inc. does. It's only later, when you've reflected on the little details for a while, that you come to realize how much of this film is simply, as the kids say these days, made of awesome.
Bird, one of the better directors in the Pixar stable, filled this sucker chock-full of fun in-jokes for the adults whilst keeping the action coming for the kiddies. In this installment of the great Pixar dynasty, Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) has been forced into retirement after a rescue gone terribly wrong in the opening scenes. Mundane life is, shall we say, not treating him terribly well. He and his wife, the former Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), have moved to the suburbs and are trying to raise their family-- all of whom, as it turns out, seem to have inherited superpowers from their parents-- in relative obscurity. The most superhero-like thing Mr. Incredible does is get together with his old pal Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) and talk over old times. Until, that is, he receives a secret message saying that his powers are needed...
It's a fun movie, the kind of thing you expect from Pixar-- lots of action, witty dialogue, visual gags, a good time to be had by all. You'll enjoy it. But then, go and read the trivia page over at IMDB and marvel at the number of in-jokes in this movie. There are homages to what seems like every superhero comic, every movie any of these actors has ever worked in, every member of the crew. And none of them interferes with the movie's plot or pacing. That's brilliant. Either Bird is the world's biggest geek and had this entire thing cast before he started writing, or his eye for detail is unparalleled. (Or both.) It's the technical equivalent of the emotional punch of Monsters, Inc., and what makes it great is trying to think of another studio that could have cranked those two movies out back-to-back-- and not being able to come up with one. ****...more info
- Incredible Feature Movie
This is certainly one of Disney and Pixar's most entertaining animated features to date. Interesting characters and storyline backed by beautifully rendered animation. Highly recommended for both children and adults....more info
- Well Done, Pixar!
The Incredibles (2004)
A clever and fast paced script & good dialoge propel this brilliantly animated feature about a family of superheros under cover posing as normal sedate suburbanites.
Mom & Dad (voiced by Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter) have passed their superpowers on to their kids - a girl who can make herself invisible & can create force fields and a son who has super speed and is pissed that he has to keep his power a secret. As you can probably guess, the ruse eventually crumbles and the family must leap into action to save the day. This winner from Pixar is their first to deal with humanoid characters as past efforts have been about toys, fish and avuncular monsters.
- Superhero, family, DVD, Collectors item
Not many movies have impressed me over the last few years. The Incredibles actually surprised me. As an avid comic fan back in the day, I saw a lot of familiar elements (Superman and Fantastic Four, specifically) that made the movie worth buying.
Another thing I like about this movie is that the father is just a guy who happens to be a super. Plus he was never made to be a buffoon. If you look at many of today's cartoons, the fathers are often child-like, absent-minded or just all out stupid (I'll name names: Billy And Mandy, Jimmy Neutron/Timmy Turner). Bob Parr was a good father who supported his family and had no problem telling his wife he loved her. Line that up against any other cartoon show or movie character. It barely exists anymore.
Overall, it's a great movie. It was worth adding to my collection (I always tell my daughter it's MY movie and that she can watch it, Nemo is hers, lol). My only question is: why wasn't there a sequel? Before you respond with "Pixar never does sequels..." remember Toy Story?...more info
- Well worth the money
Very enjoyable film. This surprised me when it was on cable and I had to buy the DVD. How many scenes remind you of the James Bond films? It has lots of action and also very funny....more info
- Such A Great Movie!
This is such an AWESOME movie! Each time I see it I think it's my absolute favorite Pixar movie. Every movie is so good though it's a tough call, but I really think this one takes the cake. I got this movie for my dad for his birthday in 2007 since he loves this movie too. I mostly got it so it'd be at the house for me to watch too. ;) Now I think I'm going to need my own copy since I'm in college now. I LOVE THIS MOVIE!...more info
- great service
this movie was delivered quickly and in great condition. I am very happy with it....more info
- Great movie in theaters, great at home!
I have loved this movie since when I first saw it in theaters. On the surface the movie is a fun adventure story with a conflict between good and evil (good wins). However it is also about family, finding your strength, and being different.
An unconventional approach to your traditional superhero movies, this one visits the private lives of heroes and addresses the duality of having so much power, yet not always fitting in to public life easily. It speaks to the tendency of society to praise everyone equally. We emphasize minor accomplishments and understate great accomplishments in order that no one feels bad- "When everyone is special, no one is." I fully agree. I think this is something we need to hear today and I'm glad Pixar had the guts to say it.
The film also highlights the value of having your family there for you and explores relationships in the 'Incredible' family: husband to wife, parents to kids, brother to sister. The movie defines each character well (except JackJack who is after all a baby) and you believe they are real. It strikes a nice balance of dramatic and humorous, the story is well paced and the plot delightfully unexpected.
I highly recommend this movie which has lost nothing in the conversion from big screen to DVD. It is a fabulous addition to any home DVD collection and one you will love watching for years to come....more info
- We LOVE the Incredibles!
Who wouldn't LOVE this movie?!?!? It's for all ages, especially loved by my 3-4 year-old. He watches it over & over. Parents love it too! Great film!...more info
- WARNING: movie is insurance company propaganda!
It used to only be insurance companies that propagated the myth that the the court system was rife with frivolous law suits. Now they have a cute cuddly front man in the form of Brad Bird.
But that is not the only problem with this unbelievably over-hyped movie.
The "Hero" is basically a metaphor for a member of the royal family or ruling class. He is born with his powers. The "villian" is an Abraham Lincoln, born with only his brains and determination. After the royalty casts off the classic scrappy underdog, solely because he was not born with his powers, I was amazed that the audience still stuck it out and rooted for the big dumb blonde. The fact that EVERYONE loves this movie just proves that the staus quo remains because the people demand it. That or I happen to have some awesome and rare genetic mutation that gives me, and me alone, immunity to mind control. ...more info
- unintentionally(i hope) elitist?
Art, animation, voice acting, characterizations are all first rate. Why the two stars? Because the plot is, I hope unintentionally, elitist. The 'villain' of the story is an awkward, nerdy young boy who is harshly rejected by the 'hero' of the story Mr. Incredible By his own efforts and genius he makes himself equal to or superior to the 'supers'. But the oddball, misfit, geek is the evil villain who must be destroyed by the naturally superior handsome/beautiful 'good guys'(and girls) . At the end of the movie Dash must hold back during a race so he gets second place rather than an easy win over the not so incredible normal people. The whole thing smacks too much of Friedrich Nietzsche's ubermensch or the blond, blue eyed supermen beloved of E. E. (doc) Smith or Edmond Hamilton for my taste. The theme seems to be that some people are born 'super' and that if you try to join the in crowd, you're evil and doomed to failure. NOT a message I want sent to children.
I also found the casual, wholesale murder rampant throughout the movie to be appalling. I expected that sort of thing in Die Hard or Alien (both of which I liked) but this? IMO it made the movie somewhat schizophrenic in that it could not decide whether it was comedy or drama. Perhaps they simply did not have time to fully develop the ideas and plot line fully. A nice idea and brilliant CGI work. I think it might have worked better it they'd simply decided to make a fully steampunk noir movie or gone entirely for the children's market. Trying to do both, IMO, simply did not work. ...more info
- Pixar Makes Another Hit!
The Incredibles is a fun story about a family of super heroes and how they try to integrate back into society once super heroes are outlawed due to lawsuits. (Some people just don't want to be saved!) A funny concept! Great characters, a great villian, a great family movie!...more info
- Great for the whole family
We love this movie, my kids love the pixar movies and this one lives up to the disney name. ...more info
They need to come out with a part 2 to this already. I really enjoyed this film. This was just one of those animated films that was fun to watch. My daughter liked this one also. Dash just trips her out and she likes to work out with Mr. Incredible when he is getting in shape....more info
- Why This Film Didn't Win a Best Picture Oscar, I'll Never Know...
....though I'm sure it has something to do with Hollywood politics. I just finished watching this film for the umpteenth time with my 8-year-old, and I have to say, each time I view the film, I see something else which amazes me, either in the animation or--most often--in the story. There's so much more to this film than kiddie-thrills. It is, as other reviewers have pointed out, a brilliant metaphor for the Family as the truest Superheroes of all: Mom, who "stretches herself" endlessly in support of others; Dad, who demonstrates "super-human strength" when necessary; Teenage Daughter, who struggles against feeling "invisible" in her world to finally appreciate her genuine power; and Son, who's in such a rush to claim his greatness that he's in danger of "speeding" right past it. This film has something to say about the triumph of mediocrity over true greatness--an epidemic in our world, I fear. It's a film of brilliant creativity, edgy humor and abundant heart. I can't think of any movie in the last decade which has said so much, or which has said it with more grace and style. Incredible, truly incredible....more info