The Incredibles is a 2004 computer-animated action-comedy superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures, and starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Peña. It follows the Parrs, who are all forced to live a quiet suburban life while hiding their powers, and despite loving his family, Bob resents the mundanity of his life and job, but then, Mr. Incredible‘s desire to help people gets the whole family to confront the vengeful villain – Syndrome – and a giant robot.
This is Brad Bird’s first movie at Pixar, and after the box-office failure of The Iron Giant, he pitched it there, as he developed the movie as an extension of comic books from the 1960s, and spy movies from his childhood and personal family life. Michael Giacchino composed the original score.
The movie was released on November 5, 2004, and was released to critical acclaim from critics and moviegoers alike, and performed successfully at the box office, grossing $633 million.
- Craig T. Nelson as Bob / Mr. Incredible, Helen's husband, who has super-strength. He is the main protagonist.
- Holly Hunter as Helen / Elastigirl, Bob’s wife, who can stretch her body like rubber, which shows that she is elastic. She is the deuteragonist.
- Spencer Fox as Dash, the Parrs’ middle child, who has super-speed.
- Sarah Vowell as Violet, the only daughter and oldest child of the Parr family with the ability to turn invisible and generate a force field.
- Eli Fucile and Maeve Andrews as Jack-Jack, the youngest member of the Parr family, and their infant son.
- Jason Lee as Buddy Pine / Syndrome / IncrediBoy, Mr. Incredible’s fan-turned-nemesis, who uses his scientific prowess to get enhanced abilities. He is the main antagonist.
- Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best / Frozone, Bob’s best friend who has the ability to form ice from humidity.
- Elizabeth Peña as Mirage, Syndrome's tempting right-hand woman.
- Brad Bird as Edna Mode, the fashion designer for the Supers.
- Teddy Newton as Newsreel Narrator, who is heard explaining the changing public opinion of superheroes.
- Jean Sincere as Mrs. Hogenson, the old woman to whom Bob pretends to deny a claim of insurance.
- Bud Luckey as Rick Dicker, a government agent who is the one responsible for keeping the Parr family undercover.
- Wallace Shawn as Gilbert Huph, Bob's greedy, selfish boss.
- Lou Romano as Bernie Kropp, Dash's teacher who hates his pranks.
- Michael Bird as Tony Rydinger, Violet's love interest.
- Dominique Lewis as Bomb Voyage, a French supervillain who uses explosives, including bombs.
- Bret Parker as Kari McKeen, Jack-Jack's babysitter.
- Kimberly Adair Clark as Honey Best, Frozone's wife.
- John Ratzenberger as the Underminer, a molelike supervillain.
The movie was critically-acclaimed. It was praised for its animation, humor, vocal performances, action sequences, and original score by Michael Giacchino. I also enjoyed it, praising the animation, humor, voice acting, action sequences, subject matter, and characters. It received a 97% “Certified Fresh” rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and a rating of 90% on Metacritic, which means “universal acclaim”.
Why I Love It
- Incredible animation, even for the year it was released.
- The voice acting was great.
- Awesome soundtrack by Michael Giacchino.
- The movie gives an original twist on the superhero genre; rather than just a film that's about explosions, lasers, and a superhero trying to save the world from a villain, it's a film about a family of superheroes that also goes in-depth with what they do when they're not superheroes.
- The scene where Frozone looks for his super suit is hilarious, and is a popular scene in the movie.
- Syndrome, even though I give him the typical opinion of a villain, is actually an entertaining, threatening villain. He even has an interesting backstory, and his demise is one of the most brutal deaths in Pixar history.
A sequel to the movie, Incredibles 2, was released on June 15, 2018. It follows Elastigirl, who leads the Parrs, as they attempt to restore the public's interest in superheroics, while balancing their normal life, only to encounter a new enemy who plots to turn the public against all superheroes. Just like the original, the sequel got critical acclaim, with praise for its animation, humor and musical score.