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Eric: Twenty-one Word Movie Review

I beg you, in the name of all that remains being good in this world, go see The Incredibles. Right now.

Posted by Eric Burns-White at November 6, 2004 3:44 PM


Comment from: ceejayoz posted at November 6, 2004 4:23 PM


Comment from: Chris Anthony posted at November 6, 2004 5:23 PM

The motion carries.

I saw it for the second time today, and am listening to the original score as I type (thanks to the diligence of the Borders Music staff, who kept looking long after I gave up). Not only do I really, really like this movie, but it's genuinely a good movie - and, as Roger Ebert points out, it's a parable too.

That said, there are some weirdnesses - at least one character seems to have been drawn, at least in the way e moves, directly out of A Nightmare Before Christmas, and the water effects are almost too good. But these aren't necessarily drawbacks; just things that I noticed.

There are also a lot of nice little background touches that you won't notice unless you're watching very, very carefully. (For instance, the name of the villain's lair - which I won't reveal here, because it's actually a spoiler. It's in the title of one of the score tracks, if you're curious.) Unfortunately, there aren't any credit cookies, but maybe the DVD will have "outtakes". We can hope, anyway. And count the days.

Comment from: benlehman posted at November 6, 2004 5:31 PM

Such a good movie...

One of the things I noticed about the movie was that it had a very savvy critique of post-90s developments in the comic book world. "Syndrome" has a name very much like an Image superhero, the same total lack of moral center, and acts like an obnoxious comic book fan. The good guys, meanwhile, are very much superheroes cut in the "old school" mode -- three of them are dead ringers for the Fantastic Four.

But yeah... good movie.

Comment from: Kris@WLP posted at November 6, 2004 6:58 PM

I dissent. It's from Disney. Disney is Evil.

Given my preferences, I wouldn't give Disney a single dime of my money, but it seems like they own half of every movie, TV, etc. program ever made.

Comment from: dd42 posted at November 6, 2004 7:08 PM

It's only distributed by Disney. Disney doesn't own Pixar, which actually made the film.

Comment from: tynic posted at November 6, 2004 9:02 PM

Precisely. Pixar and Disney have, in fact, separated, and The Incredibles is the second-to-last film by Pixar that Disney will have any claim to at all.

So if you really want to hurt Disney, go see it. Make them realise what they've let slip through their fingers.

Comment from: Robotech_Master posted at November 7, 2004 2:11 AM

It's only "from Disney" in the same way that many Jackie Chan movies to hit these shores are "from Disney"—they distribute it; that's all.

In fact, Steve Jobs probably isn't too fond of Disney at the moment either, as they've been having disputes over their contract at least since Toy Story 2 (when Disney tried to insist that, since they hadn't originally planned on a theatrical release for it, the movie shouldn't count against the number of theatrical movies they'd contracted for. Smooth move, guys). They're parting with irreconcilable differences, not terribly amicably.

Though if I were Disney, I'd be at least a bit ambivalent about this. Given all the flops Disney's been having lately, Pixar's unbroken chain of successes has got to be very embarrassing for them.

Comment from: Kris@WLP posted at November 7, 2004 1:00 PM

Disney may not have made it, but they get money from every ticket sold, every DVD, every merchandise tie-in.

I'll start buying Disney the day Eisner and his goons are out- and even then I'll drop them again as soon as I see them doing the exact same things.

So, no, no Incredibles for me.

Redneck (wishing Team America had come to -his- town)

Comment from: Steve Bryant posted at November 7, 2004 2:49 PM

One other important note about THE INCREDIBLES; not only is it from Pixar, but it's written and directed by Brad Bird, the genius behind THE IRON GIANT!

Good good stuff!


Comment from: Dave Van Domelen posted at November 7, 2004 7:23 PM


Chase scene.


Comment from: Shaenon posted at November 8, 2004 3:10 AM

This movie is soooo good.

All the Pixar people I've met are filled with such joy and enthusiasm for their work. I imagine that this is what it was like at Disney in the days of its first features, or at Warner Brothers in Termite Terrace. I'm crossing my fingers and hoping they keep that love for a good long time.

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