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Saturday, 20 November 2010

The Incredibles



****

Fifteen years after the superheroes are forced to hang up the capes and become civilians, the most super of them all Mr Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) begins to do some secret work on the side for an anonymous billionaire employer. However, when said employer is revealed to be Syndrome (Jason Lee), who intends to kill all superheroes then pose as one to sell his gadgets, Mr Incredible, his super family (Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox) and best friend Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) are all thrown into mortal danger as they are the only ones who can stop him.

The film features spectacular animation, with a bold and dazzling blend of many different colours which come together perfectly, without looking garish, and all standing out so brilliantly, especially in the explosively well designed action sequences. The animation also successfully creates features what Director Brad Bird describes as the five most difficult things to animate: humans, fire, water, human hair in the wind and human hair in the water, The latter four look and feel very realistic, while the human characters have a magical feel thanks to the fact they are similar in design to cartoon characters, and not designed to the exact scales of the human body, which is always a refreshing change, good to look at.

The screenplay is also to a very strong standard, featuring well timed and (more importantly) well written moments of comic relief, much of which comes from how Mr Incredible’s super strength causes mishaps. The screenplay gives us a sensitive depiction of family life, with the importance of family right there at the centre, and how of all relationships they are the most important, expressed through some sensitively written relationships, as well as the deep character development which all of the central characters receive. The screenplay also delivers an excellent depiction of family life. Like any couple, Mr Incredible and Elastigirl (when they’re their real identities of Bob and Helen Parr) row, but their love conquers all; while 14-year-old Violet and 10-year-old Dash fight and wind each other up, but when things look dangerous they are hugely protective of each other. And baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews) just laughs at the absurdity of it all

The substantially developed characters are all brought to life by a top-notch voice cast. Nelson is bold as Mr Incredible, making him an authorative and strong character, while Hunter makes Elastigirl a very tough, but very loving matriarch of the family. Vowell makes Violet a wonderfully shy and slightly awkward teenager, while Fox makes Dash a loveably cocky kid. Jackson is wonderfully cool as Frozone, while Lee is a wonderfully unhinged villain in the form of Syndrome, and Elizabeth Peña makes Mirage deliciously charming and quite seductive. The most memorable character, however, is Edna, who is made a deliciously over-the-top and boisterous individual, voiced with wonderful energy by Director Brad Bird.

All in all this is a very strong animated feature, which is a wonderful depiction of family love, and is also a very strong superhero film. The film also succeeded in generating a huge fan base, selling vast amounts of merchandise, and the world still greatly desires a sequel.


2004.
U.
Stars:
Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Samuel L.Jackson, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Peña, Eli Fucile, Maeve Andrews, Brad Bird, Bud Luckey, Wallace Shawn, John Ratzenberger, Dominique Louis, Bret Parker.

Oscars: Best Animated Feature (Brad Bird), Best Sound Editing (Randy Thom, Michael Silvers).
Oscar nominations: Best Screenplay (Brad Bird), Best Sound Mixing (Randy Thom, Gary Rizzo, Doc Kane).

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