News from D23, the Disney Expo. Check out what we learned about The Incredibles 2.
Shortly before D23, news broke that The Incredibles 2 will be taking place immediately following the events in the first movie. Seriously, the movie will be taking place minutes after the Underminer first appears on the scene in the closing moments of that movie. Chief creative officer of Pixar Animation Studios, John Lasseter stated the following (courtesy of Coming Soon):
“It starts right as the first one finishes, so it just carries on,” Lasseter said, adding that only “a minute” will have passed between the first and second Incredibles. “It starts with the Underminer and a big old set piece. You know that at the end of the first movie when he comes up and you see the family dressed as superheroes, well that’s where start this movie.”
As expected, information for the new film didn’t stop there. During D23 itself, writer/director Brad Bird revealed that The Incredible 2 will see the Parr Family incorporated into a much larger universe that will include 25 new superheroes, a new villain and will focus on Elastigirl. At least for some segment of the film, Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) will be stuck at home babysitting Jack Jack, whom the family still doesn’t know has powers. A clip depicting his babysitting duties was shown at D23 and described below, courtesy of Independent.
“The newly shown clip begins with Mr. Incredible sleeping while Jack-Jack watches an old black and white crime movie on TV. Beyond the screen, outside, a raccoon — with a strong resemblance to the TV robber — can be seen.
Jack-Jack becomes transfixed, quickly teleporting outside and grabbing a piece of chicken from the rodent. A fight soon ensues between the two, the child using various powers against the raccoon, including turning into a human flame and laser eyes. At one stage, the animal pounces on Jack-Jack, who turns into slime as to not be hurt.
While this is happening, Mr. Incredible begins to wake up, running outside to grab Jack-Jack. However, while in his father’s arms, Jack-Jack becomes five Jack-Jacks, each clone then charging after the raccoon. After the animal runs, the father proudly says: “You’ve got powers!”
Other reveals during the weekend include the first piece of artwork for the new movie, which shows not only the Parr family and Frozone the same as we saw them at the conclusion of the original, but also depicts a drill from the Underminer, and a fake Fashion Week Retrospective for Edna Mode.
Edna Mode Retrospective
What do you think? I’m willing to give Brad Bird the benefit of the doubt because the first movie remains on of my favorites of all-time. That said, I’m a little disappointed that there won’t be a time jump that sees the family at a different point in their lives. More that a superhero movie, The Incredibles was a movie about the Parr family… a family that happened to have superpowers. We’ve already seen them at this juncture in their lives and I was looking forward to seeing what might happen tot he family once Dash and Violet are older (college?) and possibly don’t want to abide by Mommy and Daddy’s rules, or fully formed Jack Jack high school aged, or (and this is what I imagined all along for a sequel) Dash turning evil later in life and Bob having to come out of retirement to stop/talk down his son. Those are some of my ramblings. I haven’t seen a trailer or heard a full blown synopsis of the movie yet so it’s still far to early to make any judgement on how the movie looks. Fingers crossed that it’s as good as the original.
The Incredibles 2 arrives in theaters June 15, 2018. Share your thoughts in the discussion board below.