Nearly a decade and a half later, fans will learn the fate of the Underminer when “Incredibles 2” opens in U.S. theaters on June 15. When “The Incredibles” first burst onto the big screen, Mr. Incredible’s super strength and Elastigirl’s stretchy flexibility wowed audiences around the globe—the film grossed more than $633 million worldwide, earning an Oscar® for best animated film. But according to writer/director Brad Bird, it wasn’t the characters’ powers—or the villains—that fueled the film’s success. “I realized that the super hero aspect of the story didn’t interest me nearly as much as the whole family dynamic,” he says. “I think that people see themselves in these characters and that’s why they fell for them the way they did. ‘The Incredibles’ and now ‘Incredibles 2’ are really stories about a family.”
We had the opportunity to see Incredibles 2 the other night. The theater was full of families, some even dressed up as The Incredibles. It was a fun filled night that we were looking forward to.
The first Incredibles is one of my favorite Pixar movies so I was really excited to see what they did with this one all of these years later. Before the movie started we first got to see the Pixar short film “Bao”. It did not disappoint and it was a good thing the theater was dark because I did shed a couple of tears.
Here are a few fun facts about the movie in case you didn’t know. I always like to hear things like this about movies.
- BABY STEPS – For both “The Incredibles” and “Incredibles 2,” filmmakers studied real- life babies to capture baby Jack-Jack’s movements.
- BIG FISH – The design of billionaire businessman Winston Deavor went through many iterations before filmmakers determined that the character’s determination and drive was reflective of a shark. Winston’s look took on sharp angles, and the slant of his forehead resembles a shark fin. He even wears a sharkskin suit.
- SIX PACK – All of the original characters were enhanced for “Incredibles 2” due to advances in technology that allowed filmmakers to achieve the looks they originally designed. Frozone’s upgrades included an admirable set of ab muscles.
- OPEN BOOK — When production designer Ralph Eggleston and several members of the art team traveled to Palm Springs to soak up the area’s architecture for inspiration for the look of “Incredibles 2,” they were treated to a tour of several mid-century-modern homes. The team was particularly excited to see that most of the homes they visited had a familiar book on the coffee table: “The Art of The Incredibles.”
- MOVING DAY – Artists designed a new home for the Parr family, whose house was destroyed at the end of the first film. But story changes called for a much bigger, much more extravagant home for the Parrs, so designers went back to the drawing board, creating a 38,000 square-foot house that features multiple rooms, unusual architectural features, over-the-top gadgets, water features and a floor that moves like a sliding puzzle.
- The home originally designed for the Parrs did ultimately make the film. In the final minutes of “Incredibles 2,” we see a key character emerge from what is now his home.
Have a quick view of the trailer of Incredibles 2 before I get into my thoughts on it.
Here are a few things of what we thought.
- Funny. There were a lot of laugh out loud moments.
- There are a few intense parts that make you jump. My ten year old was almost covering her eyes in one scene that was a little creepy, but she did fine and had no problems that night. My 3 year old didn’t even jump.
- There is a scene where Elastic Girl goes to a cocktail party and they ask her if she can “drink on the job”. I thought it was unnecessary for a Disney movie but whatevs. Only my teens caught that.
- They do take the Lord’s name in vain a couple of times. That is not something we do at our home so when those lines were said I got looks from down the aisle and my girls did mention that on the way home. It is a little disappointing.
5. It was fun. Besides a couple of things that could be a concern if you have sensitive little ones, it was fantastic. My three year old was on my lap the entire time (because she wouldn’t sit in her own chair) and I hear her laughing throughout the entire movie. Actually, the entire theater was laughing the entire time and even with some cheers and clapping.
They eat a couple of yummy things. Cookies and waffles. If you want to make them at home, here are the recipes.
It was good. It was actually really good. I thought it was as good as the first one.
Go see it.
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INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15th!