The long-awaited sequel to Pixar’s 2004 hit The Incredibles is finally here. It began to break records before it officially opened. Fandango announced that The Incredibles 2 had the highest pre-sales for an animated movie. More than any previous Disney or Pixar animated film. Director Brad Bird recently spoke at press conference in Hollywood with the cast of The Incredibles 2.
WHY DO THEY HAVE TO GROW UP?
After the release of the Incredibles 2 trailer, many fans were wondering about the films timeline. The Incredibles 2 takes place directly after first film. When asked about it Bird replied, “I just thought it was kind of bold and weird. Because I think people take the time that passes very literally. And they think that linearly, the characters should have aged. But if they age, their superpowers don’t reflect the part of life that they’re in and their role in the family. So, I worked on the first eight seasons of The Simpsons. And The Simpsons haven’t aged a day and they’re still on the air. So, it worked for them. And why not us?”
When Bird talks about the family’s roles, he means how their powers match their current situations. Mr. Incredible is super strong, but he is a father that can’t punch away his family’s problems. Elastigirl is super stretchy, but she is a mother being pulled thin when her husband doesn’t pay attention.
Violet is the awkward teen daughter that can actually turn invisible. And with the power to make force fields, she literally puts up walls between herself and the rest of the family. Dash is the super-fast son that rushes to grow up and be given responsibility. Jack-Jack is the baby of the family with amazing untapped potential.
ANIMATION ISN’T JUST FOR KIDS
When the topic of fan interactions came up, the director and cast said parents seem to be the ones really excited. Bird said, “Yeah. Kids are strangely treated like beards. For animated films.” The director is likening the parents use of their kids to the common occurrence of gay people using straight friends to hide their orientation. Both groups are hiding their embarrassment.
Adults often think animation is just for kids. Bird jokingly continues with, “I’m a single guy. But I want to see this. I found a kid. Can I come in now? Here is this kid. He was roaming the streets. I told him I would pay for his ticket. Will you let me in?”
Then Bird explains, “And it’s like, No man. It’s an art form. It’s like for anyone that likes movies. And you don’t need to have a kid. People are constantly coming up to me. My kid really enjoyed it. I go, did you like it? They go oh yeah, sure. But Billy really liked it. And I’m like, I made it for you. And Billy can come. But I’m not a kid. And I made it something that I would want to see. And we’re not kids. And we worked on this.”
THE GOOD OLD DAYS
Director Brad Bird is a huge fan of old cartoons. Older animated shows like Johnny Quest and The Flintstones were meant for an adult audience. When asked about a Johnny Quest reference in The Incredibles 2, Bird said, “A lot of people don’t remember that it wasn’t made for Saturday morning. It was made for prime time. It came on at night. And adults watched it. And people died in it. And it had everything an eight-year-old wants in entertainment. It has mummies. It has pterodactyls and guns. And a kid from another country who can levitate things. And a bodyguard who has a fling with a girl that might be dangerous. And lasers and hydrofoils and jetpacks and reptiles and robot spies and I just about exploded when I saw the opening titles to it. So, we just had to give Johnny Quest a shout out. Had to.”
Over thirteen years after the original, The Incredibles 2 releases June 15, 2018.