The Incredibles (Blu-ray)

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After creating the last great traditionally animated film of the 20th century, The Iron Giant, filmmaker Brad Bird joined top-drawer studio Pixar to create this exciting, completely entertaining computer-animated film. Bird gives us a family of "supers," a brood of five with special powers desperately trying to fit in with the 9-to-5 suburban lifestyle. Of course, in a more innocent world, Bob and Helen Parr were superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl. But blasted lawsuits and public disapproval forced them and other supers to go incognito, making it even tougher for their school-age kids, the shy Violet and the aptly named Dash. When a stranger named Mirage (voiced by Elizabeth Pena) secretly recruits Bob for a potential mission, the old glory days spin in his head, even if his body is a bit too plump for his old super suit.

Bird has his cake and eats it, too. He and the Pixar wizards send up superhero and James Bond movies while delivering a thrilling, supercool action movie that rivals Spider-Man 2 for 2004's best onscreen thrills. While it's just as funny as the previous Pixar films, The Incredibles has a far wider-ranging emotional palette (it's Pixar's first PG film). Bird takes several jabs, including some juicy commentary on domestic life ("It's not graduation, he's moving from the fourth to fifth grade!").

The animated Parrs look and act a bit like the actors portraying them, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason Lee also have a grand old time as, respectively, superhero Frozone and bad guy Syndrome. Nearly stealing the show is Bird himself, voicing the eccentric designer of superhero outfits ("No capes!"), Edna Mode.

Nominated for four Oscars, The Incredibles won for Best Animated Film and, in an unprecedented win for non-live-action films, Sound Editing.

Product Details

Barcode
6004416100914
Department
Movies & TV
Released
1 Oct 2011
Type
Movies
Format
Blu-ray
Genre
Animation
Sub-genre
Action
Franchise
Pixar
Region
Region B
Year
2004
Language
English
Sound Format
5.1 Dolby Digital
Sound Format 2
Stereo
Aspect Ratio
2.40:1
Studio
Walt Disney Pictures
Extras
  • Director Commentary
  • Animator Commentary
  • Boundin
  • Jack-Jack Attack
Runtime
115 min
Age Restriction
PG
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Screenshots
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Supply Source
South Africa

Movie

Title
Incredibles
Release Year
2004
Running Time
105 min
Language
English
Categories
Childrens / Animated / Disney Film / Families / Heroes / Islands / Superheroes / Theatrical Release
Synopsis
Combining a family-oriented superhero adventure with the brilliant animation of Disney's Pixar (the creators of MONSTERS INC. and FINDING NEMO), THE INCREDIBLES charts new territory in the technical wizardry of computer-generated cartoons. Using complex angles and a filmic sensibility, the animation feels like live action, and smart techniques such as cuts to "grainy film stock" give this movie instant sophistication. Writer-director Brad Bird, with his creative storytelling and well-paced character development, does the rest. This tale is set in a slightly futuristic society where superheroes are no longer appreciated (Read: But I didn't want to be saved!) and are forced to assume a very low profile. So, for Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and his three fledgling superhero kids, maintaining a lifestyle of mediocrity in order to appear normal causes constant friction. When the opportunity suddenly arises for the Incredibles to use their powers to fight evil, it's trial-by-fire to learn to work as a superteam. Together they must stop the maniacal Syndrome (Jason Lee) from unleashing a murderous robot in a big city. Fast action and violence involving large explosions make this a film that is better suited for older children rather than the very little ones. Yet family themes and comic episodes prevail, with eclectic characters like Edna the fashion designer (voiced by Bird himself) and the iceman Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) adding extra moments of fun.
Notes
THEATRICAL RELEASE: NOVEMBER 5, 2004
Cast & Crew
Director
Brad Bird
Voice
Samuel L. Jackson / Brad Bird / Spencer Fox / Holly Hunter / Jason Lee / Craig T. Nelson / Elizabeth Peña / John Ratzenberger / Wallace Shawn / Jean Sincere / Sarah Vowell
Screenwriter
Brad Bird
Composer
Michael Giacchino
Executive Producer
John Lasseter
Producer
John Walker
Special Effects
Pixar
Movie Critics
Entertainment Weekly
"[A] great story, a rich micro-universe of pixel-driven cartoon characters with more depth, complexity, and emotional maturity than those in most live-action dramas....Indeed incredible."
Lisa Schwarzbaum (12 Nov 2004, p.89)
Los Angeles Times
"[A] piece of animation that's involving across a spectrum of comedy, action, even drama....Blessedly funny, there is also a surprising air of poignancy about much of it..."
Kenneth Turan (5 Nov 2004, p.E1)
New York Times
"[V]isually splendid and ethically serious....The movie is also refreshingly quiet, using music sparingly and showing as much attention to aural nuance as it does to visual detail."
A. O. Scott (5 Nov 2004, p.E1)
Premiere
"The storytelling is as witty as it is brisk."
Glenn Kenny (1 Feb 2005, p.50)
Rolling Stone
"[A] film that breaks fresh ground....Bird has crafted a film -- one of the year's best -- that doesn't ring cartoonish, it rings true."
Peter Travers (25 Nov 2004, p.100)
Sight and Sound
"[A] light comedy at heart....[The film] manages a great deal of genuine excitement..."
Kim Newman (1 Jan 2005, p.55-6)
Uncut
"[Bird's] ingenious self-penned script is heaving with brilliantly realised characters, snide putdowns and sharp one-liners that enhance the head-spinning action sequences with razor-sharp wit."
Andrew Sumner (1 Jan 2005, p.155)
USA Today
"[O]ne of the year's most clever and visually arresting computer-animated films, enlivened by a well-developed and credible cast of characters who just happen to be superheroes."
Claudia Puig (5 Nov 2004, p.1E)

Awards

Academy Awards
Best Animated Feature Film
Winner: 2004