'The Incredibles 2' Sneak Peek Is Finally Here, and They’re Kicking Major Ass


Why did it take so long for Incredibles 2? The honest answer is that, unlike a lot of people making superhero movies, no one wanted to move forward with a sequel to the 2004 hit (wow, we suddenly feel old — 14 years?) until the script was as perfect as it could be. Well, having just gotten our first look at the new trailer for Incredibles 2, it looks...uh, incredible. It perfectly captures all the magic, humor and humanity that the best Pixar films always have (c’mon, are you going to say you didn’t cry when Buzz, Woody and the rest of the gang were heading towards the furnace in Toy Story 3 and grasped each other’s hands?). It also promises to move the story forward, as Helen Parr (voiced by Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back (they were illegal in the first film).

While his wife is busy doing that, Bob (Craig T. Nelson) has to navigate the day-to-day heroics of his home life with Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack (whose superpowers are about to be discovered). But then everything is turned upside down when a new villain emerges in the form of the Underminer (voiced by John Ratzenberger, Ham in the Toy Story films) who has a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens the world. But with Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) fighting alongside them, the Parrs are ready for the challenge. Outside of that and what we see in the trailer itself, nobody’s revealing anything about the new film. However, returning writer/director Brad Bird does explain where the concept for The Incredibles first came from.

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“Oftentimes these things just kind of come in quietly and you kind of tinker on them in your mind quietly,” he tells FHM. “You tinker on them and pretty soon you have a critical mass of ideas connected to one thing, and you kind of act on them. Basically, I don’t know exactly what sparked the idea, but I think back to when I first had it. The baby in the movies is named after my middle son, Jack, who was a baby at the time. His name is Jack, but we called him Jack-Jack for a little while when he was little, so I named the baby in the movie Jack-Jack.”

At the time he was working on FOX’s long-running The Simpsons. Although happy there, he wanted to become more of a consultant so that he could pursue movie projects he wanted to get off the ground that came close, but didn’t quite go forward for what he calls “frustrating and boring" reasons.

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“So the idea of something fantastic not happening for very mundane reasons was on my mind,” he says. “I was kind of frustrated, but at the same time I had a new family and I was worried about either not being able to do work that I wanted, or being a lousy parent. In other words, maybe I would have to redouble my efforts to make it, but in doing so I would be an absentee father, which I did not want to be. Or I would be a great father and never commit the time or energy needed to have the work that I wanted. So the film idea came out of the anxiety of that choice. I wanted meaningful work and a great family life; I didn’t want to sacrifice either. That kind of sparked this idea.”

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For actor Craig T. Nelson, providing the voice for Mr. Incredible in both Incredibles films was a no-brainer, given the credentials of the filmmakers involved — plus he thought it would be a treat for his grandchildren. In describing the character that audiences have already met, the actor explains to us, “He’s a guy that has a tremendous amount of integrity and a tremendous amount of altruism. He just wants to do good. It’s really what his organic self says; he just can’t stop himself. As a result, he’s one of those people that you have a tendency to admire. He really did enjoy what he did and was allowed to do and what he was given a gift to do. But when he was restricted from doing that, his true self comes out and he goes about hunting situations or people that can fulfill that need he has. Which, as an end result, is good for society, though it doesn’t seem that way at first.”

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While examining the character’s arc through the events of the film, Craig believes that Mr. Incredible ends up able to relate more to his family in terms of what they mean to him. “It wasn’t something he was oblivious to,” he says, “but perhaps not as centered on as he should have been. He’s been tied up in his work and obsessing over it.”

In a strange sort of way, The Incredibles offer a commentary on a hero’s role in today’s world. “I just think that maybe what we tend to do is really concentrate on all of the negative aspects of where society is heading,” Craig suggests, “and that includes a lot of areas. But I think there is a spark of this character running through all of us, and it is that spark that I was touched by. As corny as it may seem, and maybe a story that seems, on the outside, trite, it’s a part of our makeup. I think it’s more of an expression of what society has told us is acceptable rather than what is inherent in all of us. That’s what I really appreciated about it.”

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Brad notes that he’s entertained by superhero movies, but isn’t necessarily obsessed with them. “It’s a way to play Greek legends in modern settings,” he explains. “I think that’s kind of what we’re doing: giving people the power of gods and then seeing what that does to you, both good and bad. We’re just kind of replaying mythology.

“The important thing for me is not the superpowers. It’s creating characters that you care about, that have believable reactions to problems,” Brad adds. “I was trying to base the family’s problems around their roles in the family and the archetypes of people. So the 10-year-old boy has a ton of energy and moves really fast. The teenaged girl is insecure, so her power is invisibility. The baby is somebody who you don’t really know if he's going to be President or a bad person. The mom is pulled a million different ways and has to accommodate a bunch of competing people and things and make everyone happy, so she’s elastic. The dad is always supposed to be strong, so he’s very strong. So it’s all about the archetypes of family people. I think all teenagers feel insecure. I think all 10-year-olds have excessive energy. I think mothers feel pulled in multiple directions, and dads feel the burden of having to be the strong one.”

Incredibles 2 will be released on June 15, 2018

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