The Incredibles DVD Review and Rating

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Children's Video/DVD Review: The Incredibles


Released: March 15, 2005

Reviewed: March 2005

Our Recommended Age: 9-up

Our Rating: A

 

 

 

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Review: Identity crises seem to go hand and hand with superhero-dom. Disney/Pixar's The Incredibles certainly explores this theme, with its focus on a family headed by retired (laid off!) superheroes who are forced to live their lives denying who they really are, and posing as a "normal" family. Viewers can easily feel the family's general discontent with their new way of life, perhaps most apparently when Mr. Incredible (as alter ego Bob Parr) is all too easily pulled back into the world of superhero-dom, so much so that he is initially willing to live a double life in order to do just that.  

The Incredibles marks the first for Pixar in a couple of ways: the movie stars humans as the main characters, and it's Pixar's first PG-rated film. Officially, the PG rating comes from the movie's "action violence" (which includes machine guns). Allusion to extramarital affairs is another more mature theme.

The adventure begins with both Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl (and all the other superheroes) doing what they do best. (When the story skips to 15 years later, these would be considered their "glory days".) For a number of reasons, of which Mr. Incredible's "number one fan" who liked to be called IncrediBoy topped the list, Mr. Incredible got sued. This sparked one lawsuit after another, costing the government a lot of money. The solution? The Superhero Relocation Program. Superheroes were to live new identities amongst "ordinary" folk.

While still superheroes, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl took their vows, so that when the action resumes 15 years later, the couple is a full-fledged family with three kids. Two of their children have clearly developed superpowers: Dash, a precocious little boy, is acting up at school. Jack Jack Picture After all, he is not allowed to play sports for fear that his powers may be uncovered. Violet, their timid teenage daughter, who might have been best described as a "shrinking violet", has the ability to both make herself invisible and to draw up force fields around her. Jack-Jack is still a baby, apparently without superpowers.

Mr. Incredible is clearly discontented with his job as insurance adjuster, can't completely resist his attraction to crises, and more often than not ends up hanging out with his friend (the former superhero Frozone) listening to police scanners. This is probably why an offer to come out of superhero retirement, delivered by a mysterious woman named Mirage, is one he can't refuse. After his first mission (one that is hidden from his family), he is rejuvenated—he begins training again, buys the family a new car, and embraces his life with newfound happiness. However, it isn't long before Mr. Incredible discovers that he is being "had", while Mrs. Incredible begins to fear her husband is having an affair. (Her suspicion itself puts Mr. Incredible in more serious danger—a situation that reminds me of the myth of Psyche and Eros).

The second half of the movie is high-energy action. The action is especially fun to watch when the family is doing the "superhero thing" as a group (you can almost feel their triumph at doing what they do best), giving new meaning to the concept of  "the power of the family". Mr. Incredible's nemesis, who calls himself Syndrome, is bent on not only becoming a superhero (he even stages a heroic deed), but releasing that ability to every individual, so that "when everyone's super, no one will be!"

While the movie earns a few chuckles at the beginning, it turns into laugh-out-loud funny halfway through the story. Quite a few humorous moments involve poking good-hearted fun at middle-age issues ("Oh my aching back!"), family interactions (as the family of superheroes are traveling full-speed ahead in pursuit of the bad guys, the kids ask "Are we there yet?" and the mister and missus argue over which exit to take), as well as the comic book genre itself (Syndrome recognizes Mr. Incredible's clever tactic by saying, "You got me monologuing!"). 

The character development in the movie is rich, effectively giving the Incredibles credibility! 

Voice acting: Craig T. Nelson does Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter does Elastigirl (or Mrs. Incredible).

Messages: Power of the family, strong female character, being ordinary (conforming) vs. showing your true colors.

The opening animated short, Boundin', measured up to our expectations — expectations based on previous Pixar shorts that proved to be uplifting and funny at once.

The 2-Disc Collector's Edition DVD includes the Pixar short film, Boundin', bloopers and outtakes, an alternate beginning with commentary, deleted scenes, behind the scenes "making of" feature, "top secret" files, and an all-new animated short entitled Jack-Jack Attack

Jack-Jack Attack is hilarious - a real treat for the kids. In the feature film, we know that baby Jack-Jack's babysitter had a hard time with him, and this short film shows what actually happened!

 

Our Rating:


 

A

 

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Reviewed March 2005
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