Here’s what we learned from the cast of Incredibles 2!
The new Disney/Pixar film Incredibles 2 opens today and guys, you definitely have to go see it! In my opinion, it even surpasses the original Brad Bird-directed film, which is one of my favorites. Here’s what we learned from the cast and crew about the film!
Bird told us that the film isn’t just for kids. In fact, it’s really for adults and the kids can just come along. (Kids are going to love it, by the way.) He said, “Kids are strangely treated like beards for animated films….’I’m a single guy. But I want to see this. I found a kid. Can I come in now? Here is this kid. He was roaming the streets. I told him I would pay for his ticket. Will you let me in?’ And it’s like no man, it’s an art form. It’s for anyone that likes movies and you don’t need to have a kid. People are constantly coming up to me: ‘My kid really enjoyed it.’ I go, ‘did you like it?’ They go ‘oh yeah, sure…But Billy really liked it.’ And I’m like, I made it for you. And Billy can come. But I’m not a kid. And I made it something that I would want to see. And we’re not kids. And we worked on this.” Huck Milner who voices Dash yelled out, “I’m a kid!” Bird joked that he could come along for the film.
In Incredibles 2 the character taking the lead role is…MOM! It’s kind of perfect for the times, but Holly Hunter, who voices Elastigirl, spoke about how she didn’t realize what was going on, since the work was done before #MeToo. “It was a while before I truly realized what I was really going to get to do in the movie, and I was really thrilled… But to me, it was just really fun. I don’t think that this is a message movie in any way. I think it’s purely like luck, luck of the draw that this happens to be dovetailing with #MeToo, and #TimesUp. But obviously, time is up, okay? And I feel that way personally and it happens to be serendipitously reflected in this particular movie. But at the same time, it’s character revelation period. Everybody is having revelations including Jack-Jack. All the characters are revelations to the audience and to themselves. And so I’m no exception as Elastigirl.”
Craig T. Nelson who voices Mr. Incredible spoke about being a stay-at-home dad in the film. “I was resentful when I was told where Mr. Incredible was going to be in this film. Not saving lives. Not exhibiting any kind of strength at all…We argued about it. And then I found out that I’m going to be helping save the family. And Bob is going to learn how to be a dad and he’s going to learn about these kids. And then the process started when we were recording. It was just so much fun. The stuff I did with Violet and the two of us together and Jack-Jack and that whole discovery. And then Dash. And then having to deal with Elastigirl out there doing what I want to do and being able to give her the encouragement. Let her know that everything is okay. It was just a lot of fun. I’m so honored to be a part of it. To be doing this.”
Samuel L. Jackson who voices Frozone was asked if kids recognized him as his character. He said, “Kids don’t do that. Their parents do. And they try to make the kid know who you are: ‘That’s Frozone, honey.’ He’s looking at you like, you don’t have a blue suit on. You’re not making ice stuff. So nah… Now as they got older, like the kids that are going to be now, the kids were 4 and saw the movie and now are 18. So they’ve been waiting. They’re knocking little kids over to get in line. And my daughter is 35. She’s knocking big kids over to get in.” Nelson commented as well. “It’s embarrassing really. Because the moms or dads are saying ‘look Bill, there’s Mr. Incredible. That’s Mr. Incredible there.’ And the kid is just staring at you. You don’t look anything like him. ‘Okay, well, say something like Mr. Incredible. Go ahead’…It’s been 14 years, I don’t remember what I said in the first one. I mean, ‘okay. How about this? It’s show time.‘ The kid is like [gives a confused look].” Sophia Bush who voices Voyd joked that one of her friend’s kid told her she didn’t have what it takes to be a superhero.
Bird also spoke about superheroes. He said, “There was a dark moment when all the machinery was kicked into gear. Okay. You got the release date. Bum bum bum bum. And I realized, two years from now, the film is going to come out. There’s too many superhero movies now. Are people going to be just sick of this in two years? And I went, just what I want to happen, I arrive on the scene, ‘anybody ready for some fresh superheroes?’ And everybody is like ‘oh. Blah.’ And so I had a dark moment. Then I realized that what excited me about the idea in the first place was not the superheroes–it was that it was about the family dynamic and people’s roles in different parts of their lives and how superheroes…that genre is like a twisted lemon that you squeeze on top of this. It’s not what the movie is about. And then I got excited again, because to me, families are kind of a continent of fresh opportunities. Because it’s so universal. And so I got excited again when I thought about it that way. And that was really what excited me about the first movie.”
Are you guys excited for Incredibles 2? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!