After 14 long years, we’re finally getting a sequel to Pixar’s The Incredibles – and everything points to it being absolutely Super.
As we wait impatiently for 13 July, here are six things you simply MUST KNOW about the Parr family’s heroic return.
Picking up the action 45 seconds after we left it, this Super sequel sees Elastigirl becoming the Parr family’s main crimefighter, while Mr. Incredible (aka Bob Parr) keeps an eye on their three kids. Meanwhile, a diabolical new villain named Screenslaver is on the loose, and Jack-Jack’s powers are growing exponentially.
THE SAME SUPER INGREDIENTS FOR AN INCREDIBLE SUCCESS
Mixing humour, action, heart and family politics, The Incredibles blew everyone away when it was first released in 2004. This sequel is cut very much from the same Edna Mode-approved cloth: the jokes come thick and fast but so too do the super heroics, with new villain Screenslaver proving more than a match for the Parr family.
The one thing that is different this time? The hype – it’s much bigger! The original film took 633 million dollar around the world, but Incredibles 2 is on course to smash that.
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The trailer of Incredibles 2 is the most viewed animated movie trailer ever!
The A-list voice cast from the original are back
This includes Holly Hunter as Elastigirl, Craig T. Nelson as Mr. Incredible and Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone. The film does have a new Dash, however, with Huck Milner replacing Spencer Fox on vocal duties. This was a necessary rather than creative change as Fox is now 24-years-old – yes, it’s been that long since the original!
“For years and years and years everyone was going: ‘So when are you gonna do it? When it’s gonna to happen?’ It’s wonderful [to be back],” enthused Samuel L. Jackson recently. Rumour has it that his ice-cool character has a much bigger role this time.
There are new characters galore
And we mean galore. Bob Odenkirk (Saul Goodman in the Breaking Bad series) is playing Winston Deavor, the powerful CEO of a world-renowned telecommunications company, while two-time Oscar nominee Catherine Keener (Capote, Being John Malkovich) is his genius sister, Evelyn. It’s Bob and Catherine who recruit Helen in a campaign to bring Supers (that’s superheroes to you and me) back into the public eye.
Incredibles 2 also sees the legendary Italian actress Isabella Rossellini voicing the Ambassador, a foreign diplomat who’s in favour of the legalisation of superheroes, while Sophia Bush (best known as Brooke in TV’s One Tree Hill) is playing wannabe Super, Voyd.
THE INCREDIBLE STORY'S DEVELOPMENT
Although it’s been 14 years since the original, no time has passed in Helen and Bob’s world. “The movie starts 45 seconds later,” revealed Holly Hunter at last year’s D23. “That’s mind-blowing.”
While the years haven’t moved forward, the visuals certainly have. According to Bird, viewers will see a noticeable change in the way the characters look and move – due to vastly improved animation techniques. If recent Pixar movies such as Coco are anything to go by, then our eyes are in for a treat.
In an interview with the LA Times, returning director Brad Bird – who also voices Super seamstress Edna Mode – revealed that the idea of Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible swapping roles began germinating during the making of The Incredibles, but for many years remained just that – an idea. “I liked the idea about Helen going back [to work]. How would Bob not handle being the chosen one? How would the kids feel about it? It just seemed to be kind of juicy and fun.”
JACK-JACK IS GONNA STEAL THE MOVIE
If you’ve seen The Incredibles you’ll know that Jack-Jack Parr is the youngest member of the Parr clan – but potentially the most powerful. For the first year of his life, he exhibited diddly-squat in terms of powers, but when they finally kicked in, they kicked in big style.
In Incredibles 2, we see these powers developing further, much to Mr. Incredible’s sleep-deprived horror. “Babysitting’s a hard enough job anyway, but when the baby can burst into flames or replicate, it adds a certain other level,” laughed Craig T. Nelson, who voices Daddy Parr.
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