The Incredibles (2004)

PG | 115 mins | Adventure | 5 November 2004

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HISTORY

An early working title of the film was Mr. Incredible . During the opening credits, young superhero characters “Mr. Incredible,” “Elastigirl” and “Frozone” are interviewed about their jobs protecting the planet. In reply, Mr. Incredible claims he is tired of the world not "staying saved," but proud of the work they do. At the end of the closing credits, thanks were given to dozens of Pixar employees and, as with other Pixar films, to babies born during the film's production. A special thanks was given to Matthew Robbins, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. Thomas, who died in 2004, and Johnston were among Walt Disney's famous "Nine Old Men,” a group of animators, and provided character voices as themselves at the close of the film, remarking "No school like the old school." At many theaters in which the film was shown, a Pixar animated musical short entitled “Boundin'” was shown. “Boundin'” is about a desert lamb humiliated by a sheering, whose confidence is restored by a "rebounding" Jackelope.
       Animator Brad Bird, an executive consultant for the popular animated television series The Simpsons , and screenwriter-director of the 1999 animated feature The Iron Giant , proposed Mr. Incredible to Pixar executive producer John Lasseter, with whom he had been classmates at California Institute of the Arts. According to the Var review, The Incredibles marked the first time Pixar had hired an outside filmmaker for a feature film. Bird completed his first animated film, The Tortoise and the Hare , in his early teens and was accepted as an apprentice to veteran Disney animator Milt Kahl, but had not been involved with ... More Less

An early working title of the film was Mr. Incredible . During the opening credits, young superhero characters “Mr. Incredible,” “Elastigirl” and “Frozone” are interviewed about their jobs protecting the planet. In reply, Mr. Incredible claims he is tired of the world not "staying saved," but proud of the work they do. At the end of the closing credits, thanks were given to dozens of Pixar employees and, as with other Pixar films, to babies born during the film's production. A special thanks was given to Matthew Robbins, Ollie Johnston and Frank Thomas. Thomas, who died in 2004, and Johnston were among Walt Disney's famous "Nine Old Men,” a group of animators, and provided character voices as themselves at the close of the film, remarking "No school like the old school." At many theaters in which the film was shown, a Pixar animated musical short entitled “Boundin'” was shown. “Boundin'” is about a desert lamb humiliated by a sheering, whose confidence is restored by a "rebounding" Jackelope.
       Animator Brad Bird, an executive consultant for the popular animated television series The Simpsons , and screenwriter-director of the 1999 animated feature The Iron Giant , proposed Mr. Incredible to Pixar executive producer John Lasseter, with whom he had been classmates at California Institute of the Arts. According to the Var review, The Incredibles marked the first time Pixar had hired an outside filmmaker for a feature film. Bird completed his first animated film, The Tortoise and the Hare , in his early teens and was accepted as an apprentice to veteran Disney animator Milt Kahl, but had not been involved with the studio again until The Incredibles .
       According to the book The Art of The Incredibles and the film’s production notes, several technical advances in animation were developed for the film, including a new muscle rig called “goo,” which enhanced the characters’ form, “subsurface scattering” allowing character’s skin to have a realistic glow and the shooting of real world elements, like leaf shadows, which were then incorporated into the animation environment. As noted in a 28 Oct 2004 The Times (London) article, The Incredibles was the first full-length film for Pixar to feature animated humans, rather than animals, toys or mythical figures throughout. The production notes also state that the production caused initial difficulties because of the extraordinary number of sets that were created, three times as many as Pixar normally produced for a feature. In addition, scenes in which “Dash” ran 200 m.p.h. required twice as much ground as originally planned.
       Within The Incredibles several small vignettes add to the main plot, but were not included in the summary above. Among them is the repeated appearance of neighborhood boy, who, having seen “Bob Parr” lift his car with a single hand, shows up on his tricycle daily to see if something even more fantastic is happening. At the close of film, the boy is finally satisfied when he sees Elastigirl using her body as a parachute to carry “Jack Jack” to the ground followed by “Invisible Girl” covering the family in a force field to protect them from the debris of “Syndrome’s” exploding ship. Another recurring theme is the questionable nature of a superhero’s cape. When Bob requests a cape for his new superhero suit, “E” rattles off numerous superhero deaths caused by the excessive fabric, which are illustrated onscreen. According to several reviews of the film, Brad Bird, who provided the voice for E, claimed that he designed that character as part Japanese and part German and with no real person in mind. However, the reviews note, striking similarities exist between the character and Hollywood costume designer Edith Head and Vogue magazine editor Anna Wintour.
       The film was displayed in 2.39:1 Scope, a widescreen ratio that requires more attention to masking than the standard 1.85:1. A 27 Oct 2004 HR article noted that Pixar, Buena Vista Distribution and Dolby Production Services sponsored a contest to honor the best presentation of the film, to encourage projectionists’ craft. According to an 11 Oct 2004 HR article, THQ subsidiary Heavy Iron Studios worked with Pixar to create a video game version of the film in which most of the film’s actors reprised their roles. A Hindi version of the film, entitled Hum hain lajawab (We Are Incredible) and starring Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan as the voice of Mr. Incredible, was released at the same time as the original.
       According to a 22 Oct 2004 HR article, Disney ran the largest promotional campaign for an animated feature for The Incredibles , including television spots for SBC, McDonald’s, Procter & Gamble and Kellogg. The television ads often featured original animation created specifically for them by Pixar. As noted in a 3 Jan 2005 LAT news article, according to Exhibitor Relations, the film finished fourth in domestic box-office grosses, taking in $262.5 million as of 3 Jan 2005, and sixth in international box-office grosses for films released in 2004.
       The Incredibles completed a five-film contract between the Emeryville, CA-based animation company Pixar and the Walt Disney Company, a relationship that started in 1995 with the film Toy Story , and was the first Pixar film to receive a “PG” rating instead of a “G” rating. According to a 22 Apr 2002 HR news item, a dispute between Pixar and Disney began when Disney refused to include Toy Story 2 as part of the pact, claiming that sequels were not stipulated in the contract. Other films included in the contract were Toy Story , A Bug’s Life , Monsters, Inc. and Finding Nemo (see above), all films that Lasseter either directed or produced. According to Oct and Nov 2004 WSJ articles, the relationship would end in 2005. After years of negotiations, however, the companies resolved their concerns, and on 5 May 2006, Disney purchased Pixar outright for $7.4 billion.
       In addition to being selected as one of the AFI’s Top Ten films of 2004, The Incredibles was cited as the Best Animated Feature of the year by the National Board of Review, the New York Film Critics Circle and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Using both jazz and 1960s spy film scores as inspiration, composer Michael Giacchino, well-known for his work in television on shows such as Alias and Lost , worked closely with Bird on his first film score. Many reviews lauded Giacchino for his work, and the composer was awarded with Best Music Score by the Los Angeles Film Critics. The picture was also nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Motion Picture—Musical or Comedy by the Hollywood Foreign Press and for a Darryl F. Zanuck award as the year’s best production by the Producers Guild of America. The Incredibles received the following four Academy Award nominations: Best Animated Feature, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Original Screenplay. The film also won several Annie Awards, which are presented by the International Animated Film Society, including Best Animated Feature. More Less

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Village Voice
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WSJ
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CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTOR
Dir
PRODUCERS
Exec prod
Assoc prod
WRITERS
Wrt
Story supv
Story mgr
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
Story artist
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
Senior cam op
Lighting and eff mgr
Lighting and eff mgr
Lead lighting artist
Lead lighting artist
Seq lighting lead/Master lighting artist
Seq lighting lead/Master lighting artist
Seq lighting lead/Master lighting artist
Seq lighting lead/Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Master lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Lighting artist
Illumination eng
Lighting coord
Lighting coord
Lighting prod asst
ART DIRECTORS
Supv tech dir
Prod des
Character des
Character des
Art dir
Shading art dir
Character supv
Hair and cloth simulation supv
Sets seq supv
Addl storyboarding
Story coord
Story prod asst
Art dept mgr
Art dept mgr
Environment des
Addl character des
Addl character des
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Prod artist
Character sculptor
Character sculptor
Digital character sculptor
Digital character sculptor
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Digital painter
Matte painter
Visual development
Visual development
Visual development
Visual development
Visual development
Visual development
Visual development
Art dept coord
Art dept coord
Art dept coord
Art prod asst
Art prod asst
FILM EDITORS
2d film ed
1st asst ed
2d asst ed
2d asst ed
Ed coord
Ed prod asst
Dir of ed and post prod
Projection
Ed services
Ed services
Ed services
Ed services
Negative cutting by
MUSIC
Mus orch and cond
Rec and mixed by
Mus prod supv
Mus contractor
Supv mus copyist
Addl orch by
Addl orch by
Addl orch by
Addl orch by
Addl orch by
Asst mus ed
Mus prod mgr
Mus prod coord
Mus prod asst
Mus prod asst
Score asst
Mus rec and mixed at
Mus rec and mixed at
SOUND
Sd des/Re-rec mixer/Supv sd ed
Orig dial mixer
Orig dial mixer
Addl dial rec
Addl dial rec
Addl dial rec
Post prod sd services provided by
a division of Lucas Digital Ltd., LLC, Marin County, California
Re-rec mixer
Supv sd ed
Sd eff ed
Sd eff ed
Foley ed
Foley ed
ADR ed
Asst sd des
Asst supv sd ed
Asst sd eff ed
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley artist
Foley mixer
Foley rec
Mix tech
Mix tech
Re-rec
VISUAL EFFECTS
Eff supv
Rendering supv
Digital storyboarding and eff
Digital storyboarding and eff
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist/Eff, 2d unit
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist/Eff, 2d unit
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff artist
Eff, 2d unit
Addl eff
Addl eff
Eff coord
Rendering and tech development mgr
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist
Rendering tech artist/Tech development
Rendering tech artist
Rendering coord
Tech development
Tech development
Tech development
Tech pre-prod
Tech pre-prod
Tech pre-prod
Tech pre-prod
Tech pre-prod
Tech pre-prod
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software team lead
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Software eng
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
Build/QA/Documentation
RenderMan development lead
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
RenderMan development team
A/V eng mgr
A/V eng tech lead
A/V eng team
A/V eng team
A/V eng team
A/V eng team
Admin and application support mgr
Admin and application support team
Admin and application support team
Admin and application support team
Admin and application support team
Desktop and infrastructure mgr
Desktop and infrastructure mgr
Desktop and infrastructure mgr
Desktop and infrastructure mgr
Desktop and infrastructure mgr
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Desktop and infrastructure team
Render pipeline group mgr
Render pipeline group tech lead
Render pipeline group team
Render pipeline group team
Render pipeline group team
Render pipeline group team
Render pipeline group team
Render pipeline group team
End titles
End titles
End titles
End titles
CPUs for final rendering
Rendered with
PRODUCTION MISC
Casting
Casting
Addl casting
Scr coord
Sweatbox mgr
Sweatbox coord
Project management and admin
Project management and admin
Project management and admin
Project management and admin
Project management and admin
Prod accountant
Dir of prod finance
Supv of prod resources
Disney prod representative
Asst prod accountant
Asst to the dir
Asst to the prods
Prod office coord
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Prod office asst
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Addl prod support
Post prod supv
Post prod coord
Craft services
ANIMATION
Supv anim
Supv anim
Supv anim
Layout and set dressing mgr/Sets mgr
Lead layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist/Addl set dressing
Layout artist
Layout artist/Addl set dressing
Layout artist
Layout artist
Layout artist
Addl layout
Addl layout
Addl layout
Addl layout
Set dressing artist
Set dressing artist
Addl set dressing
Addl set dressing
Addl set dressing
Addl set dressing
Layout and set dressing coord
Layout and set dressing coord
Layout and set dressing coord
Anim mgr
Anim character development/Anim
Anim character development/Anim
Anim character development/Anim
Anim character development/Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Anim
Layout and anim tech support
Fix anim
Fix anim
Anim coord
Anim tech coord
Anim fix coord
Anim prod asst
Character mgr
Character rig development
Character rig development
Character rig development
Character rig development
Character rig development
Character rig development
Character rig development
Articulation artist
Articulation artist
Articulation artist
Articulation artist
Articulation artist/Hair and cloth modeling
Articulation artist
Articulation artist/Hair and cloth modeling
Articulation artist
Articulation artist
Articulation artist
Articulation artist/Modeling artist
Articulation artist/Hair and cloth modeling/Modeli
Cloth development lead
Hair and cloth modeling/Lead modeling artist
Hair and cloth modeling/Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth modeling
Character shading lead
Character shading artist
Character shading artist
Character shading artist
Character shading artist
Character shading artist
Character shading artist
Character coord
Character coord
Modeling artist
Modeling artist
Modeling artist
Modeling artist/Shading artist/Hair and cloth simu
Modeling artist
Modeling artist
Modeling artist
Modeling artist
Lead shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Shading artist
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Addl modeling and shading
Sets coord
Sets prod asst
Hair and cloth simulation mgr
Hair and cloth simulation lead
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation development
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation
Hair and cloth simulation coord
Anim on
COLOR PERSONNEL
Col science and output mgr
Col science and output mgr
Col science and output mgr
Col grading
Col grading
Col science and output cam
Col science and output cam
Science and eng lead
Science and eng team
Science and eng team
Science and eng team
Science and eng team
Col science and output team
Col science and output team
Col timer
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Mr. Incredible
Release Date:
5 November 2004
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles premiere: 23 October 2004
Production Date:
15 April 2003-early August 2004 at Pixar Animation Studios, Emeryville, CA
Copyright Claimant:
Disney Enterprises, Inc. & Pixar Animation Studios
Copyright Date:
29 December 2004
Copyright Number:
PA0001250536
Physical Properties:
Sound
Dolby Digital; dts; SDDS Sony Dynamic Digital Sound in selected theatres
Color
Technicolor
Widescreen/ratio
2.39:1
Lenses/Prints
Kodak Motion Picture Film; Filmed in PixarVision; prints by Technicolor
Duration(in mins):
115
MPAA Rating:
PG
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
41083
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Only hours before their wedding, superheroes Mr. Incredible, a man of phenomenal strength, and the flexible Elastigirl, who can stretch into any shape, are hard at work preventing crimes in Metroville. As Mr. Incredible saves a suicidal man and catches villain Bomb Voyage, insistent young fan Buddy Pine interrupts the heroic deeds to demand that he become Mr. Incredible’s sidekick. Although Buddy has no super powers, as “Incrediboy” he claims that he will use amazing inventing skills to defeat villains. As Buddy boastfully demonstrates rocket boots by soaring into mid-air, Bomb Voyage attaches a bomb to the boy’s cape, which falls and destroys railroad tracks below. After Mr. Incredible dutifully saves the oncoming train, he gruffly tells Buddy that he prefers to “work alone.” Days later, both the aggrieved would-be suicide victim and injured train passengers sue Mr. Incredible, setting off a string of lawsuits against superheroes. Soon after, the government rules that superheroes must become regular citizens to prevent further lawsuits, which are bankrupting the government. Using the Superhero Relocation Program, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl settle into an anonymous suburban life as Bob and Helen Parr. Fifteen years later, the Parrs have three children: infant Jack Jack, who shows no superhuman tendencies; ten-year-old Dashiell, who runs at such great speeds no one can see him; and Violet, a shy junior high school student who can become invisible as well as create impenetrable force fields. Middle-aged and overweight, Bob works as a claims adjuster at Insuricare, an insurance company that routinely rejects its clients’ claims to keep profit margins high. Consumed with reliving the “old days,” Bob joins his friend Lucius Best, also known as Frozone, the superhero who ... +


Only hours before their wedding, superheroes Mr. Incredible, a man of phenomenal strength, and the flexible Elastigirl, who can stretch into any shape, are hard at work preventing crimes in Metroville. As Mr. Incredible saves a suicidal man and catches villain Bomb Voyage, insistent young fan Buddy Pine interrupts the heroic deeds to demand that he become Mr. Incredible’s sidekick. Although Buddy has no super powers, as “Incrediboy” he claims that he will use amazing inventing skills to defeat villains. As Buddy boastfully demonstrates rocket boots by soaring into mid-air, Bomb Voyage attaches a bomb to the boy’s cape, which falls and destroys railroad tracks below. After Mr. Incredible dutifully saves the oncoming train, he gruffly tells Buddy that he prefers to “work alone.” Days later, both the aggrieved would-be suicide victim and injured train passengers sue Mr. Incredible, setting off a string of lawsuits against superheroes. Soon after, the government rules that superheroes must become regular citizens to prevent further lawsuits, which are bankrupting the government. Using the Superhero Relocation Program, Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl settle into an anonymous suburban life as Bob and Helen Parr. Fifteen years later, the Parrs have three children: infant Jack Jack, who shows no superhuman tendencies; ten-year-old Dashiell, who runs at such great speeds no one can see him; and Violet, a shy junior high school student who can become invisible as well as create impenetrable force fields. Middle-aged and overweight, Bob works as a claims adjuster at Insuricare, an insurance company that routinely rejects its clients’ claims to keep profit margins high. Consumed with reliving the “old days,” Bob joins his friend Lucius Best, also known as Frozone, the superhero who changes moisture into ice, every Wednesday to make anonymous rescues. Meanwhile, Dash is repeatedly sent to the principal’s office for causing mischief and Violet disappears whenever Tony Rydinger, on whom she has a crush, looks at her. Helen patiently reminds the children that they must “fit in,” and finds her husband’s obliviousness to family concerns difficult to accept. At the office, when Bob’s bureaucratic boss, Gilbert Huph, trying to squelch Bob’s attempts to secretly assist his clients in getting their claims approved, threatens to fire him and refuses to allow him to stop a mugging in progress, Bob finally throws Huph through several walls in a fit of super heroic frustration. Realizing that he has blown his cover, a sulking Bob returns home worried that the latest incident will lead to one more relocation and traumatize his family. While in his office, Bob soon discovers a video device containing a message from Mirage, a female representative of a company developing the omnidroid, a five-legged monster robot. After Mirage explains that the omnidroid is threatening to destroy the company laboratory on the volcanic island of Nomanisan, Bob accepts the well-paid, top-secret assignment to stop the robot. The next morning, Bob tells Helen he is going away on Insuricare business, then takes the plane to Nomanisan. Out of practice, Bob struggles to keep pace with the omnidroid, but finally triumphs over the robot and continues to battle it over the next three months, thus helping develop the cognitive abilities of the machine, which learns from its mistakes. Upon each return to Metroville, Bob, fueled with new confidence, secretly lifts train cars to trim his waist line, spends more time with the family and rekindles his romance with Helen, who is thrilled but still unaware of his new job. One day, finding his superhero suit ripped, Bob visits high tech superhero suit designer Edna Mode, also known as E, at her ultra modern mansion. Eager for a challenge, as the superhero government restrictions have limited her work to designing for supermodels, E creates an entirely new suit for Bob and reluctantly agrees to mend the old one. On his next job at the island, Bob wears the new suit, unaware that E has implanted a homing device in it. Meanwhile, Helen becomes suspicious when she answers a call to Bob from Mirage and, after recognizing E’s handiwork on the old suit, decides to visit the designer, who tells her Bob is “moonlighting hero work.” When E presents her with four more new suits, especially designed for each member of the Parr family, Helen is appalled that E believes they should return to their old jobs. Meanwhile on Nomanisan, after the omnidroid finally captures Bob, the machine’s mysterious owner appears and introduces himself as Syndrome. However Bob recognizes Syndrome as the now-grown-up still disgruntled Buddy and escapes into a cave, where he finds the remains of superhero Gazer Beam. After dropping a bomb, Syndrome assumes Bob is dead when his scanner finds only Gazer Beam’s skeleton, behind which Bob is hiding. Bob then sneaks into the company compound, accesses files using the password “Kronos,” the word Gazer Beam carved into the cave wall before dying, and discovers that Syndrome has terminated dozens of his superhero friends. Meanwhile, Helen learns that Bob was fired from Insuricare several months ago and, believing that her husband is cheating on her, bursts into tears. E reminds her, however, that as Elastigirl, she has the power to fight for her man. Borrowing a friend’s jet, Helen leaves Jack Jack and Dash in Violet’s care and heads for the island, which has been pinpointed by the homing device, but soon finds that Violet and Dash, dressed in their new suits, have stowed away on board. As she eludes heat-seeking missiles shot from the island, Helen radios to cease the assault. Hearing Helen’s warning that her children are on board, followed by a subsequent explosion, the imprisoned Bob is crushed, believing he has lost his family. When Syndrome laughs at him, Bob threatens Mirage’s life. Syndrome encourages him to kill her, but the bereft, tenderhearted Bob is unable to commit cold-blooded murder. Meanwhile as the jet explodes, Helen uses her body as a parachute to land the children safely into the ocean, then takes the shape of a boat and, with Dash’s speedy feet as a motor, heads for Nomanisan. Leaving the children in a cave, Helen discerns Bob’s location by spying on the heavily guarded company power grid room. Meanwhile, Mirage, disillusioned by Syndrome’s disregard for her, frees Bob, who is then reunited with Helen. When a rocket carrying the omnidroid to Metroville is launched, it spews flames into the cave, forcing the children to run into the jungle where guards on armed velocipods attack them. Dash flees the approaching velocipods with his extraordinary speed, while Violet disappears to evade capture. When Dash returns to her, Violet surrounds them with a protective spherical force field, which Dash powers with his feet until they reach Bob and Helen. Working together, the family easily fends off the approaching guards; however, Syndrome soon captures and imprisons the family. He then brags that he can be the best superhero by appearing to defeat the omnidroid, which has just arrived at Metroville, by disabling it with his remote control. After Syndrome leaves, Bob admits to his family that he was obsessed with being undervalued by society, but now realizes the true value of his family. Suddenly freed by Violet’s ingenuity, the family hijacks a rocket to Metroville just as Syndrome is demonstrating his supposed superhuman strength to an awestruck crowd. However, the omnidroid blasts the remote control from Syndrome’s wrist, leaving him helpless. Joined by Frozone, the Incredibles use their amazing skills to defeat the omnidroid then return home, where they find Syndrome kidnapping Jack Jack. As Syndrome blasts up to his awaiting aircraft with Jack Jack, the enraged, wailing infant morphs into several forms, finally turning into a vicious beast, which frightens Syndrome into dropping him. Bob throws Helen into the sky, where she forms a parachute to safely lower Jack Jack to the ground. Meanwhile, Syndrome’s cape is caught in the aircraft’s turbine, killing him and causing a great explosion over the house. Protected by Violet’s force field, the Incredibles survive and, weeks later return to an anonymous life. Renewed by the strength of their family and their special abilities, Violet outgrows her shyness and accepts a date with Tony, while Dash learns how to compete against mere mortals without revealing his powers. And when a new villain, the Underminer, suddenly appears and promises to wreak havoc, the Incredibles don their masks and continue their mission to protect Metroville as now-government sanctioned superheroes. +

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