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  • Writer's pictureJames Rutherford

'The Incredibles': The Electrifying Animated Tale of a Family of Undercover Superheroes

Movie poster for the 2004 Pixar film The Incredibles

The Incredibles (2004) is a thrilling adventure story, delivered in the form of computer animation, that details the exploits of the Parr family—a quintet of undercover superheroes. Set in an alternate 1960's America, the storyline unfolds at a time when superheroes have been forced into hiding by the government after years of destruction caused by their calamitous crime-fighting measures.

Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson), formerly "Mr. Incredible", now works long dreary hours as an insurance adjuster, while his Helen (Holly Hunter) AKA "Elastigirl" raises their three children: Violet (Sarah Vowell, Dash (Spencer Fox), and baby Jack-Jack (Eli Fucile). Bob yearns for his heroic days of the past, and moonlights in the evenings as a vigilante alongside his close friend Lucius Best AKA "Frozone" (Samuel L. Jackson). But when a crazed former fan of The Incredibles named Buddy Pine AKA "Syndrome" (Jason Lee) develops an evil robot named "Omnidroid" to vanquish all superheroes in hiding, the Parrs are forced into combat against the ruthless villain and his deadly automaton.

Written and directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Mission: Impossible—Ghost Protocol), The Incredibles is a rip-roaring thrillride replete with spectacular action sequences and a refreshingly witty sense of humor. Bird has crafted one of the finest modern animation films with this ode to heroism and family values of yesteryear, while the Pixar team delivers some of the sleekest and most sophisticated animation ever put to film. Enormously entertaining and genuinely affecting, it's the animated film many consider the very pinnacle of superhero animation.


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