In case you were living in a box the last month, the most important even of the season is apon us: the release of The Incredibles
Max and I went to go see it early this afternoon (which was particularly good timing as older kids weren't out of school yet and there wasn't any line). Except for Max piping up and asking, "What was so funny?" whenever there was an adult joke; and having to constantly answer the question, "Where did the robot go, Papa?" "I don't know, I think they're looking for it," we had a great time.
You can tell the animators and CG artists had a great time on this. The island fortress itself is amazing. Its the kind of thing they would have done in James Bond if they only had one billion dollars to spend.
What's remarkable is how similar the the story is to the Thunderbirds. I mean, they overlap in so many ways:
- Evil genius
- Remote tropical island
- Giant Rockets
- Kids run around in the trees trying to escape the bad guys
- The women have to come in and rescue the men
- Leave the island to go to the mainland for the big showdown
- Teamwork saves the day
Were there differences? Of course. Thunderbirds sucked, and Incredibles is great. As
its all in the characters and the writing. In the thunderbirds the main characters were just annoying, and the supporting cast mostly cardboard cutouts. In the Incredibles they're more real, their problems are more real, and you want the good guys to succeed. And the movie doesn't take itself seriously, its littered with loads of hilarious charactures like the evil insurance manager, voiced by
, who also did Rex the Dinosaur and is most well known to us as Vizzini:
Anyway, go see it in the theaters. Buy it when it comes out on DVD. Collect all the toys. You know the drill, and if you don't, your kids will remind you.