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The Incredibles
Topic by: kohnfused1
Posted: November 5, 2004 - 3:15 PM PST
Last Reply: January 3, 2005 - 7:59 AM PST

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author topic: The Incredibles
kohnfused1
post #1  on November 5, 2004 - 3:15 PM PST  
Anyone seen this one yet? I've heard and read some really good things about it. Thought I'd check it out this weekend.
aacevedo
post #2  on November 5, 2004 - 5:00 PM PST  
it rocked. i figured it must not be so great as i didnt see that much market saturation but then i figured that DISNEY and PIXAR are on the outs right now w/ them walking out on them in 2005 (blame EISNER). initially i sat there going gee cheesy CGI but after a 15 min i was hooked. great story line and i hope there is a sequel.
hamano
post #3  on November 5, 2004 - 5:47 PM PST  
They certainly did seem to set it up for a sequel, but I think it's fine, too, as it stands! My daughter's school was a half-day today, so we checked it out. I liked it, my 8 year old daughter like it, my 2 year old son liked it. This is the superhero comedy that Mystery Men fell a bit short of being.
IronS
post #4  on November 6, 2004 - 1:10 AM PST  
SOME POSSIBLE SPOILERS

It is so fun. Of course, Holly Hunter is great. I'm also glad she doesn't really have that butt. :) I'd describe it as a rollicking movie and my boyfriend agrees. I like how the kids finally listen to their parents after seeing them in action. When they tell the kids to strap themselves in, they mean it. With Jack-Jack, who didn't see that coming? And Syndrome, too.

The scene used in the trailer of Mr. Incredible unsuccessfully trying to put on his utility belt was missing from the actual movie, but so what? I also wonder how Mystique manages to look perfect after being throttled by Mr. Incredible and punched by Elastigirl. Perhaps she has really good makeup?

Fun characters who experience some growth, really cool sets, lots of action including some motion sickness inducing sequences (Dash is called "Dash" after all) and some gentle pokes at the superhero and supervillain conventions make a really fun time. Lots of the scenes remind my boyfriend of The Tick, both the cartoon and the live action. He likes this movie so much he wants to see it again (he told me this right after we left the theater).

The short of the singing jackalope was a hoot, too, but I have to admit the trailer for Cars left me cold.
Shaky
post #5  on November 6, 2004 - 2:08 PM PST  
> I also wonder how Mystique manages to look perfect after being throttled by Mr. Incredible and punched by Elastigirl.

You mean Mirage? (Mystique is the blue chick in the X-Men.) With a name like Mirage, I figured she would turn out to have some sort of power, instead of just being a secretary. Throughout the movie I figured she was just sandbagging.

This was a great movie, maybe Pixar's best so far. It was well-written and well-acted, and the animation was every bit as good as you'd expect from that group. I didn't care so much for the short ahead of the film, but the trailer for Cars looked awesome. After such a great run of films, I keep expecting them to disappoint us, but they don't.

I can't wait for the DVD for The Incredibles. There are some details in the background that go by too fast to see, and they're bound to be hiding something funny.
IronS
post #6  on November 6, 2004 - 4:32 PM PST  
> You mean Mirage?
>

Oh, yeah. Thanks. The appearance of the Underminer and his slogan pushed Mirage's name out of my mind.

> With a name like Mirage, I figured she would turn out to have some sort of power,
>

Perhaps her perfect skin and hair are her superpower. :) I'd like to have powers like that myself. Besides, it was clear she was the bad-girl-who-has-a-change-of-heart-and-helps-the-good-guys character.

> This was a great movie, maybe Pixar's best so far.
>

My boyfriend totally agrees with that assessment.
oldkingcole
post #7  on November 7, 2004 - 3:34 AM PST  

> > This was a great movie, maybe Pixar's best so far.
> >
>
> My boyfriend totally agrees with that assessment.

And so do I. It was great! I've been reading tons of superhero comics lately. I was in stitches through much of the film.

The sets are extremely cool.

If I were involved in the making of the upcoming Fantastic Four movie, I'd be very worried. I can't imagine that it's going to be able to compare to this gem of a film. Brad Bird and company have outdone themselves.

I can't wait to see this movie again on DVD with all the extras.

kohnfused1
post #8  on November 8, 2004 - 12:58 PM PST  
Yes, saw it this weekend and it was great. Can't wait to get my hands on the dvd and add it to my collection.

My favorite scene ***SPOILER!!?!*** was with Bob's boss, when he gets canned, and the boss gets a wuppin'. The voice of that guy seems familiar, I thought it was "Rex" from Toy Story (1 & 2). But wasn't he the bald dude from the Princess Bride as well?

Anyone know who voiced "E" (Edna)?

hamano
post #9  on November 8, 2004 - 1:56 PM PST  
> On November 8, 2004 - 12:58 PM PST kohnfused1 wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> But wasn't he the bald dude from the Princess Bride as well?

Wally Shawn, of My Dinner With Andre fame.

> Anyone know who voiced "E" (Edna)?

Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles as well as The Iron Giant.
underdog
post #10  on November 8, 2004 - 2:17 PM PST  
By the way, for you insta-Incredibles fans (of which I'm sure I'll become as soon as I see it this week), I highly recommend this book called The Art of the Incredibles, which makes for a great coffee table book. A lot of fun to look through all the design drafts and ideas they went through before arriving at the final looks. Some cool illustrations for characters and backgrounds never used. Interesting look at the process, too.

(And no, I'm not working on commission for them or Amazon - buy it at your local bookstore if you can. :^) )
ChiyoDad
post #11  on November 9, 2004 - 8:18 AM PST  
No spoilers from me.

Great movie! I thought it might not be as good as some of Pixar's earlier movies but this one had something for everyone. IMHO this is probably Pixar's best overall; albeit Toy Story 2 still wins the prize for "decision conundrum angst" and "tear-jerker scene".
itchy008
post #12  on November 11, 2004 - 5:01 PM PST  
The action sequences were really well plotted and full of energy.

One of my complaints about the X-Men movies is how static the fight scenes are compared to comic books. Storm walks everywhere. She's gotta fly!

In THE INCREDIBLES, the superheroes move like superheroes.

Surprisingly, the first part of the story (the suburbs part) was weak and quite ordinary. Little kids in the audience were antsy for the fighting to begin and so was I.

I blame it on MTV.
Cinenaut
post #13  on November 12, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST  
I loved it. I was laughing out loud. I wouldn't mind seeing it again, since I was sandwiched between a family that was split up into two separate rows. "Mommmm, can I have some candy?"

The scene where ElasticGirl gets stuck in the doors is probably one that Buster Keaton would have appreciated for its mechanically comic invention.

Great voice talent and great soundtrack, too!
hamano
post #14  on November 12, 2004 - 5:11 PM PST  
> On November 12, 2004 - 4:30 PM PST Cinenaut wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> The scene where ElasticGirl gets stuck in the doors is probably one that Buster Keaton would have appreciated for its mechanically comic invention.

That was my favorite part of the movie, the whole Elastigirl Infiltration Scene... I loved the way she did that female superhero spreadeagle crouch every time she landed or ducked...

They could just do a spinoff Elastigirl pre-quel series and that would be fine by me! Who needs that overgrown mesomorphic lantern-jawed Mr. Incredible?

Elastigirl prequel, and a Violet sequel! Congrats to Sarah Vowell for being the first NPR personality to star in a $100 million plus movie (I think...)!!
Cinenaut
post #15  on November 12, 2004 - 5:23 PM PST  
I was just wondering how Sarah Vowell was going to handle the attention this will bring. She'll probably get a good book out of it some day.
amoon
post #16  on November 12, 2004 - 9:54 PM PST  
Jeez, I guess I might be the only one here that didn't absolutely love the movie. I mean I liked it, but to me it was just ok. Maybe I went in thinking it was going to be a comedy, and I guess I was a little disappointed that it was more drama. I dunno, maybe I just didn't get the jokes, which is odd cuz I am a comic book geek. btw loved the Watchmen homage.

I must say that I loved the CGI in this film. I thought the characters had a great look. Almost like Michael Lau vinyl dolls. And the hair seemed like real doll hair rather than human hair, which I thought was interesting.

Just wanted to tell the person who wondered about Fantastic Four, c'mon how could you compare the two. I don't know much about the coming movie, but I do know the comics, and the only similarities between the two are that they are family, and they are superpowered (granted the Incredible family basically ripped off their powers from FF) Other than that they are tottally different! Reed Richards ain't worried about aging and trying to fit into normal society.

Sorry the fan boy in me took control for a little while.

Anyways, the incredibles was good for what it was, but I'm not rushing out to see it again.
IronS
post #17  on November 12, 2004 - 11:54 PM PST  
Just got back from seeing it again. It's still quite a ride. I also noticed Elastigirl's hair. During the scene in which she was trying to stop the kids from fighting, her hair was a bit frizzy, but when she had her supersuit on, even tumbling through the jungle and fighting bad guys, her hair was perfect. Is it the suit or is it part of her superpowers?

And if she could stretch and rearrange her body, why couldn't she reshape her butt?

I also liked how Mr. Incredible's hairline had receded in the intervening 15 years.
ChiyoDad
post #18  on November 13, 2004 - 1:54 PM PST  
> On November 12, 2004 - 11:54 PM PST IronS wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> And if she could stretch and rearrange her body, why couldn't she reshape her butt?
>
> ---------------------------------

It probably requires a conscious effort. Kind of like us guys sucking in our stomachs when you ladies walk by.

Bowwow
post #19  on November 14, 2004 - 8:42 AM PST  
I *finally* got to see it this weekend. I think I annoyed others in the theater because I was laughing so hard. Maybe not though, they all were laughing pretty hard themselves.

My favorite scene was when he accidently dented his car and picked it up to throw it and then sees that kid on the tricycle. Brilliant!
Shaky
post #20  on November 14, 2004 - 5:33 PM PST  
I went to see it again and liked it even more the second time. It's not just a great action film, but it has a great theme and teaches a great Nietzche-inspired lesson: All men are NOT created equal. Some people are special, and when you try to "level the playing field" and make everybody "special," no one is. Society then becomes a celebration of mediocrity, like Dash's fourth grade graduation that his father doesn't want to attend. We aren't all winners.

This film is a great social commentary on our tendency to rein in truly exceptional people and force them to accept mediocrity to avoid hurting other people's feelings. I'm glad to see somebody put this idea back out there so blatantly, but in such an artful and entertaining way that the apologists for the lame don't stand a chance against it.
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