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Jack-Jack Attack
Directed by Brad Bird
Produced by Roger L. Gould
John Lasseter
Osnat Shurer
Written by Brad Bird
Mark Andrews
Rob Gibbs
Teddy Newton
Bosco Ng
Starring Bret Parker
Bud Luckey
Eli Fucile
Jason Lee
Music by Michael Giacchino
Editing by Stephen Schaffer
Distributed by Buena Vista Home Entertainment
Release date(s) March 15, 2005 (with The Incredibles DVD)
Running time 4 minutes, 44 seconds
Language English

Jack-Jack Attack is a 2005 short film produced by Pixar based upon their film The Incredibles. Unlike many of their previous shorts, it was not given a theatrical release, but was included on the DVD release of the film. The idea for this short came from an idea for a scene originally considered for inclusion in The Incredibles film; it was cut from the feature and subsequently expanded into this short. The short is based on the youngest member of the superhero Parr family: the baby, Jack-Jack. From The Incredibles film, the audience knows that Jack-Jack's babysitter Kari McKeen started experiencing difficulty with him shortly after hanging up the phone with his mother, Helen Parr (also known as Elastigirl or Mrs. Incredible).

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Plot

This short film shows Rick Dicker, a government agent assigned to aid "supers" in maintaining their anonymity, interrogating Kari about what happened when she was babysitting.

The events that she details transpire after Violet and Dash Parr decide to stow away in their mother's (Elastigirl/Helen Parr) borrowed plane, their intention being to assist in their father's (Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr) rescue from Nomanisan Island. The two siblings decide to leave young Kari McKeen (a family friend) in charge of caring for the youngest member of the family, Jack-Jack. When the stowaways are discovered mid-flight, Helen immediately contacts Kari with respect to hiring a professional service to sit for Jack-Jack. Via telephone, Kari attempts to reassure the reluctant Mrs. Parr about her many qualifications as a babysitter (a conversation which is cut short by a missile attack on Elastigirl's plane). Hanging up, Kari attempts to engage Jack-Jack in "cognitive development" exercises (including the playing of Mozart's music, purportedly to stimulate his mind). This, unfortunately for her, has the effect of completely unleashing the baby's multitude of superpowers (none of which had been evident before) on the unwitting Kari.

Jack-Jack suddenly appears on the dining room table and then by the refrigerator, as if by magic. Kari becomes suspicious and tries to call Mrs. Parr again, but nobody answers. As she leaves a message, Jack-Jack is seen to float upwards, eventually sitting (upside down) on the celling, where he playfully empties the contents of his bottle down onto Kari's head. In the following scene, Jack-Jack appears inside an overturned playpen, which Kari hopes will contain him just long enough for her to phone Helen regarding the "weird things that are happening." She turns her back for only a moment, and Jack-Jack escapes, somehow leaving a perfectly circular opening through the wooden bars. Appearing on a high bookshelf, Jack-Jack suddenly falls from his perch. Kari screams and attempts a diving catch, but the baby seemingly vanishes through the floor. Rushing downstairs into a hallway, Kari finds Jack-Jack laughing gleefully as he floats back and forth across the hall, phasing in and out of the walls just out of her reach. The scene ends as she finally manages to grasp the baby just as he begins to phase through the washing machine.

Now back in the family room, Kari decides to "calm things down a bit" and show flash cards to Jack-Jack. She holds up various picture cards, but when Kari holds up a card with a campfire image on it, Jack-Jack suddenly bursts into flames. Screaming but thinking quickly, Kari takes a set of tongs from the fireplace, grabs Jack-Jack, rushes into the bathroom and puts him out in the bathtub.

This scene fades into an image of the Parr home early the following morning. Judging by the quiet exterior, all would seem well. Inside, Kari sits on a chair in the family room (which is now a complete wreck) as Jack-Jack sits on the floor nearby, playing quietly. Kari is utterly exhausted but seems to have mastered anticipating his powers and has resourcefully armed herself with various items from around the house (a fire extinguisher for flames, mirror for deflecting his destructive eye-beams, etc.), which she uses in a very bored "matter-of-fact" way when the baby's powers manifest. Just then, Syndrome arrives at the door with the intention of kidnapping Jack-Jack; Kari (nearly driven to the brink of madness) assumes he is the replacement babysitter, and eagerly places Jack-Jack in his care. Kari asks Syndrome about the significance of the "S" on the front of his costume. Thinking quickly, he responds "Sitter." (he then goes on to explain that the abbreviation for "babysitter" would have required him to wear a large "BS" on his costume instead).

This scene cuts back to the interrogation room, where Dicker asks Kari how she could have believed such an implausible explanation. Clearly agitated, Kari offers in her defense "The baby was exploding! Have you ever sat for an exploding baby, Mr. Dicker?!" Kari then expresses her desire to forget the entire incident. For the sake of the supers' anonymity, Rick proceeds to erase Kari's memory.

Trivia

  • The famous ball from Pixar short Luxo, Jr. can be seen in the background of one scene amongst Jack-Jack's toys, while Kari is chasing him through the living room.

Awards

  • 2006-Hugo Awards-Best Dramatic Presentation - Short Form-Nominated (Post-production)

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