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The Incredibles in our magazines

THE MOVIE: The Incredibles

THE STARS:
(voices of) Craig T Nelson • Holly Hunter • Samuel L Jackson
DIRECTOR: Brad Bird

Flaming action THE CONCEPT:
The Pixar animated movie, written and directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant), follows the adventures of a family of former superheroes who are called back into action when the fate of the world is once again hanging in the balance.

U.S. RELEASE: November 5 2004, Nationwide • Rated: PG

THE COMMENTS:

BRAD BIRD:
“I think we always need heroes. And how you define a hero is not always somebody who’s bashing through a door, it could be somebody who’s adopting a child. There’s a billion ways to define what makes a hero; and I think it’s very hard to be any kind of hero nowadays.”

MARK ANDREWS:
“My job as story supervisor is to get Brad’s vision up on [the screen]. Basically, to pre-visualize the whole movie, which translates down to animation and layout, to lighting, so everybody knows what’s going on, knows what the shots are, knows what’s intended and how he wants to tell the story visually.”

JOHN WALKER (Producer) on problems he encountered:
“The biggest one was [creating] Human characters. Pixar had never done human characters front and center. These are the main characters in the movie. Doing Human characters is really tough. Everybody in the world is an expert at Human locomotion and emotion, because we spend all day looking at people. I think the talent of the animators and the level of technology came together on The Incredibles and allowed us to do the kind of work that we needed to do to have Human characters be our main characters.”

BIRD:
“I feel this movie is about being okay with yourself and not feeling like you have to cut yourself to fit some big conceived notion of what you should be. It was very liberating when I figured out that I could define who I was and that was okay. And if people like it then that’s great and if they didn’t, sorry but I’m not going to change.”

WALKER:
“We weren’t interested in making the characters photo-realistic Humans. Why do you want to go through all the trouble of building these elaborate virtual puppets, which is essentially what they are, to look exactly like actors, Human Beings? We wanted to make a cartoon. And cartoons are stylized; they’re about caricatures. That’s what we’re after in making a world that is designed.”

ANDREWS:
“I’m always asked what is my biggest challenge during the story process, and it’s always time. What makes story so incredibly hard is that the production is always wanting the sequence so they can start the layout and they can begin the animation and do the effects, so there is constant pressure.”

BIRD:
“I don’t know how to make a movie for an undefined, vaguely defined group. The only thing that I know how to do is to make a movie that I would want to see, with a nice big box of popcorn and a beverage, and hope that other people agree with me.”

Written by Judy Sloane. Back to top

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