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The Incredibles
- Craig Nelson

Overview - 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.  Read more...

 
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Overview

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.

Awards:
2004 - Academy Awards - Best Animated Feature Film Winner

Cast List

John Walker - Documentary Filmmaker
Brad Bird - Screenwriter
Samuel L. Jackson - American actor, PULP FICTION
Holly Hunter - American Actress, RAISING ARIZONA (1987)
Wallace Shawn - Playwright/Screenwriter/Actor
Wally Shawn - Playwright/Screenwriter/Actor
Michael Giacchino - Composer, THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
Elizabeth Peña - Cuban American actress, BATTERIES NOT INCLUDED
Spencer Fox - Voice, THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
John Lasseter - American director, TOY STORY
Jean Sincere - Voice, THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
John Ratzenberger - Actor, CHEERS
Pixar - Computer animation studio - "Toy Story"
Sarah Vowell - Actor, THE INCREDIBLES (2004)
Jason Lee - American actor, MALLRATS/My Name is Earl
Craig T. Nelson - American Actor

 
Details
    DVD Format
  • Format: DVD
  • Color Format: Color
  • UPC: 786936244250
  • Genre: Family
  • Rating: PG (MPAA) (action violence)
  • Release Date: September 2005

Related Categories:
Movies > Childrens
Movies > Animated

Related Keywords:
Superheroes
Heroes
Theatrical Release
Disney Film
Families
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THEATRICAL RELEASE: NOVEMBER 5, 2004

Reviews:
"[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." - 11/05/2004 New York Times, p.E1


"[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..." - 11/05/2004 Los Angeles Times, p.E1


"[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." - 11/05/2004 USA Today, p.1E


"[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." - 11/12/2004 Entertainment Weekly, p.89


"[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." - 11/25/2004 Rolling Stone, p.100


"[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." - 01/01/2005 Uncut, p.155


"[A] light comedy at heart....[The film] manages a great deal of genuine excitement..." - 01/01/2005 Sight and Sound, p.55-6


"The storytelling is as witty as it is brisk." - 02/01/2005 Premiere, p.50

 
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