The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero film written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The film follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a villain and his killer robot.
Bird, who was Pixar’s first outside director, developed the film as an extension of 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and personal family life. He pitched the film to Pixar after the box office disappointment of his first feature, The Iron Giant (1999), and carried over much of its staff to develop The Incredibles. The animation team was tasked with animating an all-human cast, which required creating new technology to animate detailed human anatomy, clothing and realistic skin and hair. Michael Giacchino composed the film’s orchestral score.
The film premiered on October 27, 2004, at the BFI London Film Festival and had its general release in the United States on November 5, 2004. The film performed well at the box office, grossing $633 million worldwide during its original theatrical run. The Incredibles was met with high critical acclaim, garnering high marks from professional critics, and provoking commentary on its themes. The film received the 2004 Annie Award for Best Animated Feature, along with two Academy Awards. It became the first entirely animated film to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
A smart, well-crafted animated superhero movie from Brad Bird and one of Pixar’s finest achievements.
Leave it to somebody like Brad Bird, who already made an animated masterpiece with The Iron Giant to make one of Pixar’s greatest movies.
The voice work including Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Jason Lee, and Samuel L. Jackson is spectacular, the animation is great, I love the way they made this film using 2D animation to create the CG animation for a more realistic flow.
There’s really good bits of comedy and even some drama too, if anybody was ever to tell you that you can never feel anything for animated characters, show them this movie. The movie does drama really well.
The action is also really strong, using all the capabilities of what can be done with animation to a tee and Michael Giacchino’s score is great as well.
The Incredibles was that tipping point for not just Pixar but for Brad Bird showing what a masterful storyteller he could be with this and The Iron Giant, this is still one of Pixar’s greatest achievements as a studio and we can only hope that will continue in the sequel as well.
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