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There was no question that we were going to see Incredibles 2 in theaters as soon as it came out. Our entire family LOVED the first one and we see every Pixar film that comes out. I knew I’d probably like it, but after my couple of days visiting Pixar Studios (for the Disney sponsored #Incredibles2Event trip) and our interview with Director Brad Bird, Producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker, I can already tell you that I’m in love with Incredibles 2.
INTERVIEW WITH CREATORS OF INCREDIBLES 2
One of the highlights of the trip for me was hearing form Director Brad Bird, Producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker. Something about hearing the passion of the project directly from some of the people who started it/made it happen makes a film that much better for me. Brad Bird told us that the Incredibles are very personal to him. When asked if it was easy to get back to these characters he said: “[The film] has a lot of the things that I loved at the age of ten (which a lot of them I still love, I hate to admit) and combined with the family that I grew up with and the family that I have [now] with my wife and sons. So, it’s kinda all the stuff I love combined with both families that I’ve had in my life. So, for me, Even though it seems brightly colored and pop confection, it’s actually really personal.”
They talked about how when they made the first film they didn’t have the technology to 100% create what was in their heads so they felt like this film was their chance to finally do that.
My favorite part of the interview is when they were asked about making “ANOTHER superhero movie”. Brad Bird had the perfect response that made me realize why I loved the first Incredibles so much and why I know I’m going to love this one: “If we thought about this as a superhero movie, we probably would’ve been stymied. But we didn’t. We always felt like what makes our film unique is that it’s about a family. And the roles, their superpowers, were based on iconic roles of men and women and children in the family. You know, the dad is always expected to be strong. The mom is always stretched in a million directions. Teenagers are defensive and insecure. So, [Violet] has force fields and
invisibility. Ten-year-olds are energy balls that just, you know, are on eleven or off, that’s what they are. And babies
are unknowns. They could have no powers at all, or they could be the next leader of the free world. So, where they were in the family was how we chose their powers. And that was a unique approach, because it was more about stages of your life. And I think one of the reasons we’ve been successful is that everyone connects with at least two of the characters, and that’s because we’ve all been teenagers. We’ve all been children. Many of us have kids, and so we’ve dealt with little babies, which are really challenging to keep up with. And teenagers, which are also a handful in a completely different way. We’ve had parents that seem kinda clueless at moments and the dad that maybe speaks before he really knows what he’s talking about and the mom that manages everything. So, that’s where our strength lies, and that’s what makes us different. And if we thought about it in those terms, it became a lot easier to make our film.”
John Walker talked about what it was like to work on the first film and then come back for the 2nd FIFTEEN years later: “I think one of the reasons they brought us here was to sorta shake things up a little bit. So, we have been sort of doing that for 20 years in different places. And the thing that changed the most from the first to the second film here was people talk about the technology, and the technology’s definitely improved and that makes a big difference, but level of artistry and competence of the people that work here is just off the charts. I mean it’s stunning to watch. It’s completely different from when we were here before.”
And Nicole Grindle on her thoughts about Pixar then and now: “My first feature here was A Bug’s Life. I actually started working on some story CD-ROMS when I first came in ’95. So, I’ve had the benefit of watching this evolution, and, yet, at the same time I should say our Supervising Technical Director, Rick Sayre, is one of the founding technical people at the company and has continued to stay on the cutting edge. So, it’s a combination of the technology has developed. We’ve had new talent come in, and some of the original genius talent has remained and continued to push us further and further.”
Incredibles 2 in Theaters June 15, 2018
Incredibles 2 will be in theaters starting June 15th, 2018 (you can get Thursday night tickets at some theaters) and you’re not going to want to miss it. We can’t wait!