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The Incredibles

The Incredibles
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Elizabeth Pena and Wallace Shawn

The Incredibles is incredible.

Under the direction of writer/director Brad Bird (The Iron Giant) animation takes another step to toward reality, if not reality certainly quality. Digital sculptors (folks who design and build characters) were each issued a copy of “Gray’s Anatomy” to study body movement. The detail which is the result ranges from the quality of one strand of hair to “stylized” human beings that appear unique and at the same time true to life.

Built around a superhero family, Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) a.k.a. Mr. Incredible, the father, and wife Helen (Holly Hunter) a.k.a. Elastigirl along with their three children - son, Dash, daughter Violet and baby Jack Jack Parr - are in a superhero relocation program. Superheros have gone out of style.

They live the life of a suburban family on an ordinary street; Bob leads a life of quiet desperation settling insurance claims from a small cubicle with a support pillar in it. Everything in his present life is too small for his huge body which is beginning to flab out at the center.

No longer able to “do good” he is frustrated and secretly helps claimants through the bureaucracy earning him criticism from his boss Gilbert Huph (Wallace Shawn).

After fifteen years in the program a new challenge arises from Buddy Pine a.k.a. Syndrom (Jason Lee). Helen who cares for the three kids who have powers of their own that must remain hidden is not sure Bob should get back in the superhero business. Even when he is offered a very lucrative job by sexy Mirage (Elizabeth Pena).

This is where the battle between good and evil begins with all the Parr family getting involved. But first Bob must visit the best character in the film, Edna Mode (E) who has dark rimed glasses and a page boy hair style, she is voiced by director Brad Bird and is the designer of the superhero costumes. E is a perfect caricature of Edith Head who won numerous academy awards for costume design. Even their friend Mr. Frozone (Samuel Jackson) who makes ice joins the fray against Syndrome, a wana-be superhero.

An animated feature best suited to older kids and adults features unique interesting dialogue, sets and evil forces. This smart bright film will be on my top ten list.

The Incredibles

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