|Directed by||Brad Bird
|Produced by||John Walker
|Written by||Brad Bird|
|Starring||Craig T. Nelson
Samuel L. Jackson
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Editing by||Stephen Schaffer|
|Studio||Pixar Animation Studios|
|Distributed by||Walt Disney Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 5, 2004|
|Running time||111 minutes|
The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and distributed by Walt Disney Pictures. It was written and directed by Brad Bird, a former director and executive consultant of The Simpsons. It stars an ensemble cast including Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson and Elizabeth Peña. The film stars the Parr family, each of whom has superpowers. After the government orders superheroes to live a normal life, Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), who formerly went under the superhero alias "Mr. Incredible," secretly returns to being a superhero behind his family's back. At the same time, his kids come to terms with their powers while his wife becomes suspicious of his activities.
The Incredibles was originally developed as a traditionally-animated film for Warner Bros., but after the studio shut down its division for fully animated theatrical features, Bird took the story with him to Pixar, where he reunited with John Lasseter. The Incredibles is the sixth feature film from Pixar. It was presented by Disney and released by Buena Vista Distribution in North America on November 5, 2004, and in the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland on November 26 of the same year. It is the first and only full-length Pixar film to feature an entirely human cast of characters.
On the night of his wedding to Elastigirl, superhero Mr. Incredible takes time to fight crime in the city of Municiberg. While he is attempting to capture the villainous Bomb Voyage during a bank robbery, Buddy Pine, an obsessed fan of Mr. Incredible hoping to become Mr. Incredible's sidekick "IncrediBoy," attempts to help. Buddy's interference almost kills him, and Mr. Incredible is forced to allow Voyage to escape in order to save him. But lawsuits filed by people saved by Mr. Incredible that night produce a public backlash against those with superpowers. These "Supers" are forced to abandon their heroic roles and adapt to a normal, regular life. Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl settle down in suburban Metroville as Bob and Helen Parr and raise a family.
Fifteen years later, their children appear to have super powers as well - the hot-headed Dash possesses super speed, while timid Violet has the ability to turn invisible and create force fields. Their toddler, Jack-Jack, has yet to show any special abilities. Dash and Violet, however, resent living in concealement, especially Dash, who vents his frustration by using his speed to play pranks on his least favorite teacher.
Bob is miserable and frustrated in his insurance job; denied his life as a Super, his only sense of accomplishment comes from authorizing payouts to injured clients. He hates his job not only because he has trouble with clients, but because of his frustrating and heartless boss, Gilbert Huph. As an outlet, he and his best friend, fellow former Super Lucius Best, aka Frozone, sneak off at night to fight petty crimes. Following one such night, he is told to see Huph. During the talk with Huph, Bob sees a man being mugged, but Huph prevents Bob from rescuing the victim. The mugger escapes and Bob is understandably furious, but Huph continues berating him. When Huph mocks the victim, Bob throws him through five walls. Bob later learns that he has lost his job when he visits Huph in the hospital. Rick Decker, an agent friend of Bob's, informs him that not only has he lost his job, but that Decker can't help him anymore as Bob is too expensive for the government. However, he offers Bob one last chance to relocate - "for old times sake" - which Bob turns down.
When Bob returns home, depressed, he discovers a mysterious message from a woman named Mirage, outlining an offer for Mr. Incredible: to stop a rogue robot, the Omnidroid 9000, on a distant island (named "Nomanisan" Island,) for a large sum of money. Bob accepts the job, and though the fight is difficult at first (as Bob is badly out of shape) he is successful and his depression is lifted. On the promise of more work from Mirage, Bob keeps up the pretense of still having his insurance job while he spends the days working himself back up into shape. Bob visits his old friend Edna Mode, who has moved on to designing for supermodels, to get his torn suit repaired. She fashions a new supersuit for Bob, but refuses to add the cape he requested, noting that capes have caused the demise of many other Supers.
Bob soon receives Mirage's next offer and returns to the island where he is attacked by a newer, improved Omnidroid. Bob realizes Buddy Pine, who is now known as Syndrome, is controlling the Omnidroid to get his revenge on Bob for having snubbed him as a sidekick years ago. Bob is forced to flee from Syndrome and the robot. While in hiding, Bob discovers the skeleton of Gazerbeam, a former Super that gives him a clue about Syndrome's plans. Bob sneaks back into the island facilities and cracks Syndrome's supercomputer, from which he discovers to his horror that numerous Supers have lost their lives to the Omnidroids, with each engagement ultimately contributing to the development of less vulnerable Omnidroids.
Meanwhile, Helen has become suspicious of Bob's activities and discovers that he has visited Edna. She finds that Edna, in creating Bob's new suit, has created new suits for each member of the Parr family, including a homing device in each suit. Helen uses this to discover Bob's location on the remote island, but its signal alerts Syndrome and Bob is captured again. Helen, a licensed pilot, procures a jet to find Bob, but finds Dash and Violet have stowed away. When Syndrome sends missiles to shoot the jet down as it nears the island, the three are able to escape using Helen's fireproof suit.
Enraged at the apparent death of his family, Bob tries to grab Syndrome but Mirage puts herself in the way. He threatens to kill Mirage if Syndrome does not release him. Syndrome calls his bluff and Bob, unable to deny his moral code, is unable to kill her. Later, Helen frees Bob from the base while Dash and Violet avoid capture by Syndrome's forces. The four reunite but are re-captured by Syndrome, who reveals that he plans to launch the final Omnidroid to Metroville using a remote control and then act as if he was saving the city in order to deceive the public and earn credibility as a superhero. After the robot is launched, Mirage turns on her boss and helps the Parrs to escape and follow on a second rocket.
The Parrs arrive in Metroville to find the Omnidroid rampaging through the city, having used its ability to learn and cope with opponents to separate Syndrome from his remote control. Assisted by Frozone, the Parrs seize the remote control and take advantage of its design to destroy the Omnidroid. Rick drives them home and tells them that the government will take care of the rest, including the implied possibility of a reconsideration of the Superhero Protection Program.
They get home, where Syndrome, having discovered the Parrs' identity, is attempting to kidnap Jack-Jack so that he can bring him up as his sidekick. As Syndrome flies to his waiting jet, Jack-Jack's innate superhuman power manifests itself as the ability to shape-shift into a number of difficult-to-handle forms, causing Syndrome to drop him. Bob throws Helen into the air to safely catch Jack-Jack, then throws his new sports car at Syndrome's jet, which causes Syndrome's cape to get caught in one of his jet engines, dragging him to his death. Three months later, the Parrs have resumed their normal life, albeit more contentedly with their status quo than before. But when the city is threatened by a new villain called The Underminer, the Parrs prepare to fight together anew.
Brad Bird, writer and director of the film, was inspired by his own life during the creation of The Incredibles. Brad Bird's situation during the time was very similar to that of Bob's in The Incredibles. Bird wanted to do what he loved: make films. Yet each of his films would eventually fall by the wayside at some point during their development. While this was happening, he was also trying to focus on his new family that demanded more of his time. He felt that if he focused too much on one, that he would completely fail at the other. Brad Bird stated, "Consciously, this was just a funny movie about superheroes. But I think that what was going on in my life definitely filtered into the movie."
Upon Disney accepting the project, Brad Bird was asked to bring in his own team for the production. He brought up a core group of people he worked with on The Iron Giant. Because of this, many 2D artists had to make the shift to 3D, including Brad Bird himself. Brad Bird wrote the script without knowing the limitations or concerns that went hand in hand with the medium of computer animation. As a result, this was to be the most complex film for Pixar yet. It was planned to be 15 minutes longer than anything else Pixar had created.
Bird's story was filled with elements that were difficult to animate with CGI at the time. Creating an all-human cast required creating new technology to animate detailed human anatomy, clothing and realistic skin and hair. Long hair had never been done by Pixar until this point. Disney was initially reluctant to make the film because of these issues, feeling a live action film would be preferable, though Pixar executive John Lasseter vetoed this. Brad Bird recalls, "Basically, I came into a wonderful studio, frightened a lot of people with how many presents I wanted for Christmas, and then got almost everything I asked for."
In a 2009 interview, Up producer Jonas Rivera discussed how Bird's approach to filmmaking differed from the process previously used by Pixar:
We almost treat it like a live action movie, we build a set – say, Andy's room in Toy Story – and we get a camera, we actually 'location-scout' it, check out all the angles with the characters on the bed, or whatever, and we take that back and start building a layout based on that, and shots come and go. Whereas Bird is like, 'This is the exact shot I want, then I want this shot, and then this shot, and I don't want to see one pixel over to the right.' … There was a reason for it. The scope of The Incredibles was so big: for example, Monsters Inc had 31 sets, The Incredibles had 89, that's a lot of work. Brad was willing to sacrifice flexibility for scope.
John Barry was the first choice to do the film's score, with a trailer of the film given a rerecording of Barry's theme to On Her Majesty's Secret Service. However Barry did not wish to duplicate some of earlier soundtracks with the score given to Michael Giacchino.
The Incredibles received near universal critical acclaim, receiving a 97% "Certified Fresh" rating at Rotten Tomatoes which made the movie the fifteenth greatest action film of all time and the only one of Top 20 with more than 100 reviews. Metacritic indicates The Incredibles "universal acclaim" with a 90 out of 100 rating. Critic Roger Ebert awarded the film three-and-a-half stars out of four, writing that the film "alternates breakneck action with satire of suburban sitcom life" and is "another example of Pixar's mastery of popular animation." Rolling Stone gave the movie three-and-a-half stars and called the movie "one of the year's best" and said that it "doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true." Also giving the film three-and-a-half stars, People magazine found that The Incredibles "boasts a strong, entertaining story and a truckload of savvy comic touches."
Eleanor Ringel Gillespie of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution was bored by the film's recurring pastiches of earlier action films, concluding, "the Pixar whizzes do what they do excellently; you just wish they were doing something else." Similarly, Jessica Winter of the Village Voice criticized the film for playing as a standard summer action film, despite being released in early November. Her review, titled as "Full Metal Racket," noted that "The Incredibles announces the studio's arrival in the vast yet overcrowded Hollywood lot of eardrum-bashing, metal-crunching action sludge."
Despite concerns that the film would receive underwhelming results, the film grossed $70,467,623 in its opening weekend from 7,600 screens at 3,933 theaters, averaging $17,917 per theater or $9,272 per screen, the highest opening weekend gross for a Pixar film. The film was also #1 in its second weekend, grossing another $50,251,359, dropping just 29 percent, and easily outgrossing new animated opener The Polar Express. The film ultimately grossed $261,441,092, the third-highest gross for a Pixar film behind Finding Nemo (336 mil.) and Up (293 mil.) and the fifth-highest grossing film of 2004. Worldwide, the film grossed $631,436,092, also the third-highest gross for a Pixar film behind Finding Nemo (866 mil.) and Up (727 mil.) again, and ranking fourth for the year. The film was also the second-highest grossing animated film that year behind Shrek 2.
It had its network television premiere on Thanksgiving Day 2007 on NBC sponsored by Target and its basic cable premiere on ABC Family as part of The 25 Days of Christmas in December 2007, and its second cable showing on Disney Channel as part of the No Ordinary Friday on February 1, 2008.
This was also the first Pixar film to be given a PG rating.
The film appeared on many critics' top ten lists of the best films of 2004.
The Incredibles two-disc Collector's Edition DVD set was released on March 15, 2005. According to the Internet Movie Database, it was the highest-selling DVD of 2005, with 17.18 million copies sold, however there are still no announced plans for The Incredibles to be released in Blu-ray format. 
Like many other DVD releases, there are various extra features available on the two discs including:
There are also several Easter eggs in the menus; the one on the main menu shows every door, button and explosion in the movie. Some of the other menus have more than one easter egg movie; which one plays appears to be a random choice. One of the eggs on the first Index menu is a short sockpuppet version of the movie.
The film was also released on UMD for the Sony PSP and in a limited edition VHS version, and was the last Disney/Pixar film to be issued in the VHS format. All future Disney/Pixar titles beginning with Cars would only be released on DVD and Blu-ray.
Several companies released promotional products related to the movie. Dark Horse Comics released a limited series of comic books based on the movie. Kellogg's released an Incredibles-themed cereal, as well as promotional Pop Tarts and fruit snacks, all proclaiming an "Incrediberry Blast" of flavor. Furthermore, in the weeks before the movie's opening, there were also promotional tie-ins with SBC Communications (using Dash to promote the "blazing-fast speed" of its SBC Yahoo! DSL service) and McDonald's. Toy maker Hasbro produced a series of action figures and toys based on the film, although the line was not as successful as the film itself.
In all merchandising outside of the film itself, Elastigirl is referred to as Mrs. Incredible. This is due to a licensing agreement between Disney/Pixar and DC Comics, who has a character named Elasti-Girl (a member of the Doom Patrol). The DC Comics character is able to grow and shrink at will from microscopic size to thousands of feet tall.
The first two miniseries by BOOM! were The Incredibles: Family Matters by Mark Waid and Marcio Takara, which was published from March to June 2009, and collected into a trade paperback published in July of that year. The next miniseries, The Incredibles: City of Incredibles, by Waid, Landry Walker, and artists Marcio Takara and Ramanda Kamarga, was published later that same year.
A video game based on the film was released for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC, Apple Macintosh, and mobiles. Though based on the movie, several key scenes are altered from the original script.
A second game, The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer, was released for PlayStation 2, GameCube, Xbox, Mac OS X, Game Boy Advance, Nintendo DS, and Windows. Taking place immediately after the movie, the sequel focuses on Mr. Incredible and Frozone as they do battle with the megalomaniacal mole, The Underminer.
The film won the Academy Award in 2004 for Best Animated Feature (the second out of five Pixar Animation Studios feature films to do so) as well as Best Achievement in Sound Editing. It also received nominations for Best Original Screenplay (for writer/director Brad Bird) and Best Achievement in Sound, but did not win.
These and other awards place it among the most-honored animation films in recent history.
The Incredibles is a 2004 Academy Award-winning computer animated feature film produced by Pixar Animation Studios for Walt Disney Pictures, centering around a family of superheroes. It was written and directed by Brad Bird, a former director of The Simpsons previously best known for directing the 1999 animated movie The Iron Giant. The Incredibles was originally developed as a traditionally-animated movie for w:Warner Bros., but after Warner shut down its animation division, Brad Bird moved to Pixar and took the story with him.
Voice: Morning break is over. Morning break is over. [Bob's pencils drop on the floor]
[Dash jumps 3 times in chair]
Your boy's suit I designed to withstand enormous friction without heating up or wearing out. A useful feature. Your daughter's suit was tricky. But I finally created a sturdy material that will disappear completely as she does. Your suit can stretch as far as you can, without injuring yourself, and still retain its shape. Virtually indestructible...yet it breathes like Egyptian cotton. As an extra feature, each suit contains a homing device, giving you the precise global location of the wearer at the touch of a button. Well, darling? What do you think?
|Developer(s)||Heavy Iron Studios|
|Publisher(s)||THQ, D3, Capcom|
|Genre(s)||Action-adventure, Beat 'em up|
|System(s)||PlayStation 2, Nintendo GameCube, Windows, Game Boy Advance, Xbox, Mac OS, Mobile|
|Followed by||Rise of the Underminer|
The Incredibles, known as Mr. Incredible in Japan, is a video game based on the film of the same name, released in 2004 for the PlayStation 2, Xbox, Nintendo GameCube, Game Boy Advance, PC, Macintosh and Mobile phone. The game features 18 levels, and has five playable characters. On the GBA version, Incredi-Ball is absent. However, the character of Frozone is playable, and in addition, the form of Elastigirl as a boat from the plane crash scene is playable.
The Incredibles/Table of Contents
|Directed by||Brad Bird|
|Produced by||John Walker|
|Written by||Brad Bird|
|Music by||Michael Giacchino|
|Editing by||Stephen Schaffer|
|Distributed by||Buena Vista Pictures|
|Release date(s)||November 5, 2004|
The Incredibles is a 2004 animated movie. It was written and developed by Brad Bird, who once directed The Simpsons and was best known for directing the animated movie The Iron Giant. The movie was produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and has won an Academy Award. The Incredibles was originally developed as a traditionally-animated movie, but after Warner Bros. shut down its animation division, Brad Bird moved to Pixar and took the story with him.
|Craig T. Nelson||Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible|
|Holly Hunter||Helen Parr / Elastigirl|
|Sarah Vowell||Violet "Vi" Parr|
|Spencer Fox||Dashiell Robert "Dash" Parr|
|Jason Lee||Buddy Pine / Incrediboy / Syndrome|
|Dominique Louis||Bomb Voyage|
|Brad Bird||Edna "E" Mode|
|Samuel L. Jackson||Lucius Best / Frozone|
|Wallace Shawn||Mr. Huph|
|John Ratzenberger||The Underminer|