Elastagirl and Jack Jack Steal the Show in Disney*Pixar’s Incredibles 2
Disney has done it again! Incredibles 2 surpasses the excitement of its predecessor totally entertaining the adult children like myself. When we catch up with Elastagirl, Mr. Incredible, Violet and Dash – superheroes have been deemed illegal and are underground. When their best efforts to convince society that superheroes being needed and relevant aare thwarted, their superhero program is being shutdown and they have to find new digs in just a few short weeks. Elastagirl comes to the rescue with the help of cool techno-geek villain Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keaner) and her overly enthusiastic brother Winston (Bob Odenkirk). Let me just say that Elastagirl is a total badass when it comes to figuring out how to take down Screenslaver and I love that she has big thighs, wide hips and a lisp when she speaks making her more realistic as an animated Mom!
Fighting crime as a family is the equivalent of sitting down at the same time everyday for dinner in days gone by. I have to say, it’s so refreshing to watch during these times we currently exist that are fully of angst on a daily basis. I’d like to think of it as the James Bond of the animation world. It’s flirty, fun, fantabulous and frisky!
The themes addressed regarding adolescent angst, remote control wars between father and son, sibling rivalry, as well as, the stigma of what being different means and how to navigate through those waters is real. However, the scene stealer of this film was baby Jack Jack (Eli Fucile). This child was like an infant demilitarized zone complete with lasers, Dr. Jekyll/Mr Hyde tendencies coupled with fire, fire extinguishing and multiplication capabilities which are purely delightful in every sense of the word. When Jack Jack crosses paths with Edna Mode (Brad Bird) it is truly comedy at its best!
Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone) makes being a superhero of color really cool! I wish we could’ve seen his wife Honey! She sounds like she is not the one to mess with and it would’ve been great to see at least one scene of them together.
Disney*Pixar has truly mastered the art of animation light years beyond anything I could have ever imagined watching on the big screen. Every actor voicing sucks us into their worlds and it is truly engaging.
Incredibles 2 is well on its way to becoming one of the best animated features specifically geared more toward adult sensibility. Produced by Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar Animation, don’t be afraid to give it a whirl when it hits theaters on June 15th.