The fact that a sequel to 2004’s The Incredibles is on the way still seems too good to be true, specially given the sheer amount of time that’s passed since that universally adored first film was released. Turns out, the movie has been in development for years but fans were finally treated to a first look at Incredibles 2 in the form of a teaser trailer late last year. While the trailer itself was short and sweet, emphasis on the sweet, it succeeded in getting many viewers excited to see more, and finally we’ve been given exactly that.
The first film centred itself around family and the, at times, hilariously dysfunctional dynamic that most of us – being a part of one – can relate to. Ultimately the Parr’s were able to overcome their mistakes by pulling together as a unit for the sake of both the World and their family.
The Incredibles ended with the rising threat (literally) of the Underminer and the heroes putting on their eye masks in readiness to throw down. Disney has indicated that the sequel would be picking up right where the first left off and the new trailer absolutely confirms that, with the Underminer making his presence known at the start of the footage:
Official Synopsis & Trailer:
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
We’ve been hearing for a while now that Elastigirl will be the main-main character of Incredibles 2 and the trailer makes clear that the sequel will indeed focus in on the heroics of Helen and keep at Bob home to take care of the kids, to much ensuing hilarity.
The satirical superhero-genre gags and overall tone of the first film seem to be totally carried over here, with Dash at one point saying that being a hero, “Defines who I am”, a rip on the typical hero archetype no doubt. Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone is also on show in the trailer and the scene involving him & Bob (Craig T. Nelson) trying to do their best as stay-home parents looks like a potential comedic highlight in the film. Director Brad Bird himself also lends his voice once again to bring fan-favourite character Edna Mode to life, it’s likely she has something to do with that new suit Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) is wearing in the footage. It seems the new business tycoon on the block Bob Odenkirk (Winston Deavor) plans on bringing superheroes back to the mainstream in The Incredibles’ world, and the presumed villain of the film seems to have his sights set on Elastigirl as the perfect hero to do it.
Incredibles 2 looks as though it retains the themes of its predecessor while at the same time flipping the positions of Bob and Helen from the the first movie; “I’ve got to succeed so she can succeed”, Bob explains to Frozone and Violet, indicating that the film could very well dive in and explore the issue of gender roles, a big topic of discussion at the current time. Whether or not this is case, the long-awaited Pixar sequel still looks as though it ticks all the right boxes.
Catch Incredibles 2 when it lands in cinemas July 13th.