November 10th, 2013: The Incredibles

The IncrediblesCast and Crew:  Brad Bird (Director, Writer); Jason Lee, Wallace Shawn, Sarah Vowell, Elizabeth Pena, John Ratzenberger

What It’s About:  After a series of lawsuits effectively outlawed superheroes Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is just another former hero forced to hide his past and work a dull ordinary job.  When a mysterious communication summons him to a remote island, it sets in motion a series of events that will bring not only him, but his wife Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and former ally Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) back into action…along with the couple’s super powered children….

Why Watch it Today?: The Fantastic Four, just one of the comics that The Incredibles is a riff on, premiered today in 1961.  The Incredibles is one of the best comic book movies ever made, perfectly capturing and distilling several threads in comic history and giving us a family friendly version of the basic idea of The Watchmen that’s a better adaptation of that story than the official adaptation of the legendary comic book.

3 comments on “November 10th, 2013: The Incredibles

  1. geelw says:

    This one surprised me at how near-perfect it was and it still holds up today. I find It’s also one of those films to whip out and show to people who hate CG animation and/or comics, as they’ll get caught up in the story and end up liking how Pixar made the cast so human when all is said and done…

    • T.A. Gerolami says:

      I don’t think I’ve met anti CG people rabid enough to hate on Pixar, but if I did this would be an excellent film to counter them with!

      • geelw says:

        Oh, you’d be surprised. I think nearly every genre film I’ve gone to for years there was that ONE guy in the audience who was sitting if front behind or in the same row who’d find SOMETHING not to like about an awesome film. I have a funny story about seeing Raiders of the Lost Ark on it’s release day with a VERY cranky grandpa in the seat in front of me, but I’ll save that for another time…

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