Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L Jackson
We have an experiment for you to try at home. Grab a copy of Pixar’s The Incredibles on any format and press play. Now, try to find a moment that flags, a perfect opportunity to make a cup of tea or even abandon the film completely. In all likelihood, you’ll find it next to impossible, the film is just that close to perfect.
The Incredibles tells the story of a world where superheroes exist, with the early scenes taking place in those halcyon days where they wandered the world, doing good and looking great in lycra. But a legal snafu lead forced them all into hiding. 15 years later, the Parr family is trying to adjust to normal life – Bob is a white collar worker, Helen is a housewife and they’re both trying to keep their superpowered children Dash and Violet in check. Frustrated by life, Bob is approached by a shadowy agency with an offer of real hero work and soon gets caught up in an adventure far more sinister than he could imagine.
The Incredibles is Pixar’s best film – I will brook no argument. While the epically cute sweep of Wall-E is more memorable and Up may pluck those heartstrings better, there’s a consistency of tone and aesthetic to The Incredibles that takes it far beyond the restrictions of an animated or child-friendly movie.
Much of this is down to writer/director Brad Bird, who straddles those two titles so completely there’s no room for any co-writers or directors. He’s set to make his live action debut this year with the return of the Mission: Impossible franchise and, with The Iron Giant, Ratatouille and years of The Simpsons under his belt, we couldn’t be more excited. He brings a mature sensibility to The Incredibles which never sacrifices its tone for a cheap gag or unrelated set piece. When Helen Parr (Holly Hunter) describes to her children exactly what the henchmen will do if they are found, you know you aren’t really watching a kids film and the final film is all the better for pulling no punches on its way to an immensely satisfying conclusion.
The Incredibles is incredible – mixing a perfect voice cast with tempered humour, some top notch action and well rounded characters. It’s not just a great animated film, nor a great Pixar film – it’s one of the best movies of the decade and there’s no excuse not to pick it up on pristine Blu-ray.
Extras: You’ll find everything from the DVD makes a return, including Bird’s highly informative commentary and a second featuring a small army of animators. New extras include a retrospective chat with the filmmakers and a chance to catch the Boundin’ short film as well as Jack-Jack Attack in HD as well as a look at the final credits and an interactive trip round The New Nomadism Island.