Acclaimed for "Toy Story," "A Bug's Life," "Monsters Inc." and "Finding
Nemo," Pixar is now into 3-D human animation, relating how retired superheroes,
who are living incognito in a quiet suburban neighborhood, reluctantly blow
their cover of mediocrity to save the world.
Because of personal-injury lawsuits, Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T.
Nelson) and his wife were forced into the Superhero Relocation Program. For 15
years, he's been Bob Parr, a portly insurance claims adjuster who hangs out
with his old ice-making pal Lucius (voiced by Samuel L. Jackson), formerly
known as Frozone. Helen Parr, a.k.a. Elastigirl (voiced by Holly Hunter), has
her flexibility tested as a harried homemaker juggling three children. Violet
(voiced by Sarah Vowell) is a shy, insecure, alienated teen who desperately
wants to fit in - when she's not surrounded by an impenetrable force.
Frustrated Dash (voiced by Spencer Fox) possesses the gift of superspeed that
overwhelms other 10 year-olds. Plus there's two year-old Jack-Jack. Then from
Nomanisan Island, the villainous Syndrome (voiced by Jason Lee), creates a
weapon of mass destruction to terrorize the world so that he can disarm it and
become a superhero himself.
Writer/director Brad Bird ("The Iron Giant") has created an imaginative,
good-versus-evil, escapist adventure that - because, like "Spy Kids," it
involves the whole family - will delight both adults and children. A former
Disney animator and creative consultant on "The Simpsons," Bird relies on
caricature for his crimefighters, accenting certain movements and features,
while voicing the hilarious scene-stealing designer Edna "E" Mode. On the
Granger Movie Gauge of 1 to 10, "The Incredibles" is a terrific, incredible 10
- a movie that really lives up to its name.
Copyright © 2004 Susan Granger