An Evolving Family in The Incredibles 2
The Incredibles 2 opens in theatres on Friday – 14 years after The Incredibles thrilled audiences. While it’s been years since the cast has been reunited, it’s only been a half a second for the Incredibles family.
Writer and Director Brad Bird decided to have the story of the superhero family continue right where it left off at the end of the first movie.
“I just thought it was kind of bold and weird,” he said at The Incredibles 2 press conference in Los Angeles earlier this month. “Because I think people take the time that passes very literally. And they think that linearly, the characters should have aged. But if they age, their superpowers don’t reflect the part of life that they’re in and their role in the family. So I worked on the first eight seasons of the Simpsons. And the Simpsons haven’t aged a day and they’re still on the air. So it worked for them. And why not us? ”
They haven’t aged, but there are definitely changes in this installment. In the 14 years since the last movie came out animation has improved and so much more can be done to make the Incredible world look more real.
It’s also changed with the times. Mrs. Incredible, Elastigirl played by Holly Hunter, isn’t at home taking care of the kids any longer. She’s the one called upon to change public opinion and make superheroes, heroes again. It’s Mr. Incredible that has to (unwillingly at first) get the kids to school, do homework and deal with Jack Jack’s powers – spontaneous combustion, cloning and traveling through walls.
Craig T. Nelson joked that he wasn’t happy that his Mr. Incredible wasn’t going to be out saving the world.
“And then I found out that I’m going to be helping save the family. And Bob is going to learn how to be a dad and he’s going to learn about these kids,” he said. “It was just so much fun.”
Bird had the idea for the role reversal when he was promoting the first Incredibles movie years ago. When the movie finally started to happen, it went through a lot of changes, especially with the villain.
One thing that didn’t change was how funny, exciting and perfect it is for everyone in the family. Incredibles 2 as much for adults as it is for kids. Or is it the other way around?
People are always coming up to Bird and saying, “‘My kid really enjoyed it.’ I go, ‘Did you like it?’ They go, ‘Oh yeah, sure. But Billy really liked it.'” And he ends up telling parents, “I made it for you.”
He made it for everyone, actually. It’s not only for kids and parents, but for families dealing with families issues. Sarah Vowel, who brilliantly voices teenager Violet, talked about a scene early in the movie where Mr. and Mrs. Incredible are talking privately about their next move because they at the end of the last movie they had lost their house and Mr. Incedible lost his job.
“And it happens to everyone,” she said. “Your house just got like blown up by a super villain. And you’re like, ‘Where are we going to live? What are we going to do for money?’ And there is shared love there. But also just that shared worry that is a really grown up affecting beautiful scene.”
Families will love Incredibles 2. My full review will be up on Friday.