Has it really been 14 years since we last saw Pixar’s first family with superpowers on the big screen? While it may have been over a decade, the ‘Incredibles 2’ trailer does an incredible job of making us forget how long it’s been and seamlessly picks up where the first film left off.
We may have aged since the release of ‘The Incredibles,’ but the Parr family certainly hasn’t. Jack-Jack is still a baby, Dash is still his irascible self, and Violet… well, not much is seen of her in the trailer but it’s safe to say she’s still a teenager. In the first film, it was Mr. Incredible who got to show off his superpowers but this time around, it’s Elastigirl’s time to shine and become the superhero the world needs to see – at least it is according to a certain tycoon (voiced by Bob Odenkirk) who wants to put superheroes “back into the sunlight.” That means it’s up to Bob to pick up the slack at the homefront as wifey goes out to fight the bad guys.
The set up does provide many laughs as Bob now as to deal with teaching Dash math (which I have convinced myself is a veiled swipe at Common Core math) and dealing with many baby firsts – like the first time your superhero baby shapeshifts into a red demon instead of a Jade Giant when it gets angry. Bob, however, is his endearing self as he struggles with this new-found role telling Frozone “I need to succeed so she can succeed, so WE can succeed!” Now that’s a man who needs no superpowers to make you love him.
One thing that does show how much time has passed since the first film is the visuals. They are absolutely stunning here compared to the original movie. But really, what do you expect as it has been 14 years and there have been lots of innovative improvements in animation since.
Judge for yourself as you watch the trailer below and let us know if ‘Incredibles 2’ is on your list of movies to see this year!
Directed by Brad Bird, ‘Incredibles 2’ stars the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Huck Milner, Samuel L. Jackson, Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener, Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini, and will land into theaters (with no capes) on June 15.