Les Incredibles!

Okay, it's a bit late, but I just caught The Incredibles this past Saturday night, and it was, well, simply incredible. I generally don't like children's movies, nor animated films in general, but on the advice of a friend, I made an exception in this case. I'm glad I did.

I won't bother to bore you with the basics: well-executed story, non-cheesy dialogue (or intentionally so to the point of hilarity), dead-accurate family dynamics, and an animation style that is impressive but not distractingly flashy. And like all great family films, this one works on multiple levels. No need to take the kids, even.

But apart from all that, there were some political, or at least ethical undertones that you don't often see in movies anymore. Pace Virginia Postrel, if I didn't know any better, I'd say the screenplay came straight out of the Ayn Rand Lexicon. But in a good way.

There is a strong anti-egalitarian, individualist streak running straight through the movie. Heroes are unfairly blamed for all the ills of society. Superhumans can't deal with the dreary, Office Space-esque doldrums of the 9-to-5 lifestyle. Superchildren are told to keep their powers secret, prohibited from competing with their obviously lesser peers.

The villian, like all dastardly Randian villiains, is supremely jealous of the real heros, and devotes his life to building the ultimate weapon -- not to take over the world, mind you -- but to reap all the prestige and glory of being the only superpower alive who can save the world from a monster of his own creation. Sounds familiar? The only employees absent from the villain's lair are lobbyists.

Supermom Helen, aka Elastigirl, tries to explain to Superson Dash (think prepubescent Flash) why, despite his unique abilities, he shouldn't think of himself as superior to his peers. "Everyone's special, Dash." To which the boy observantly responds, "Which is another way of saying that nobody is."

And for all you non-consequentialists out there, here's a choice bit. Lucius Best, aka, Frozone, voice-acted by Samuel L. Jackson, desperately asks his wife where his super suit is, so he can fight the evil robot rampaging through the city, instead of taking his wife out to dinner. "This is about the greater good!", exclaims Lucius. "I'm your wife! I'm the greatest good you're ever going to get!" Take that, Karl Marx.

One of the best lines in the movie comes at the very end. Right after the super family has defeated their nemesis, a new underground supervillain tunnels through the surface of the earth - the brilliantly named Underminer. With a nod to freedom-hating terrorists the world over, the Underminer proudly proclaims, "I declare war on peace and happiness!"

If you don't want to declare war on peace and happiness, go see The Incredibles right away.

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Shouldn't that be, "Les

Shouldn't that be, "Les Incroyables!"?

Or is the Franglais intentional? :beatnik:

Also, I don't think "The

Also, I don't think "The Incredibles" is intended as a children's movie per se, being that it's PG and also seems to have aimed the humor intentionally higher (with the 50's/60s pop culture allusions, family interactions, commentary on the state & society, etc).

But yes, totally awesome. The homages paid to the superspy & superhero genres were spot-on and superb, without being derivative. And technically speaking, the scene with Helen, Dash, & Violet in the sea was amazing- the wet hair effect was almost photorealistic.

Shouldn’t that be, “Les

Shouldn’t that be, “Les Incroyables!"?

That's the last time I every try speaking French. :dunce:

This was the first

This was the first "must-see" movie I've seen in quite awhile (maybe since LOTR:ROTK).

Little secret... it's

Little secret... it's actually much easier to animate wet hair than dry hair. Take it from "she who is putting a professional animator through grad school in animation." :dizzy:

I actually only went to see

I actually only went to see it for the thigh-high boots on Helen's and Violet's costumes, but it had a decent story too :)

I am planning to see it on

I am planning to see it on Friday, or that is the plan. Looks like like jolly good fun methinks.

I saw it opening weekend,

I saw it opening weekend, and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Christian Science Monitor explores some of the connections being made between the film and Ayn Rand (via Reason).


How wonderful it is! Today,

How wonderful it is! Today, I had seen the film - "The Incredibles" this afternoon, My father also had seen this film in this evening. This cartoon movie is powered by Disney Company.
In this film, I love the people's sensation, scene, bugbears. The scene is so sublime.
With the great imagination.