Today is the day!!! Incredibles 2 hits theatres and is already breaking records becoming the biggest animated film opening EVER beating Finding Dory!!!! It’s rumored to open with $170M.
I was fortunate enough to attend the press junket and came away with some humorous and juicy details from the cast and director Brad Bird (who also voices the fantabulous Edna Mode). Here are some excerpts from that event…
Question: Not a second goes by between Incredibles and Incredibles 2. What was behind the decision to pick it up right away instead of having like an older Violet, an older Dash, an older Jack-Jack.
BRAD BIRD: I just thought it was kind of bold and weird. I think people take time passes very literally and think that the characters should have aged. But if they age, their superpowers don’t reflect the part of life that they’re in and their role in the family. I worked on the first eight seasons of the Simpsons and the Simpsons haven’t aged a day and they’re still on the air. So it worked for them…why not us?
Question: What was it like being at the premiere the especially because you were such a big fan of the first one?
HUCK MILNER: It was amazing and overwhelming. When I got out of the car, everyone was like sign this and I’m not used to that. I felt like it was just really amazing to be there.
Question: Brad, has the idea for Incredibles 2 always been this or how has it evolved since the first one?
BRAD BIRD: It’s been half this, two-thirds this. The idea that the assignment would go to Helen rather than Bob I had when we were promoting the first film. I also knew that I had the unexploded bomb of Jack-Jack’s powers, that the audience knew he had them, but the Parrs did not. Some other notions like the raccoon fight were originally done for the first movie and there was no place for it, but I loved the idea. But the superhero part, the villain part, it always seemed to change. And when I came to Pixar and said I think I have the other part of the story figured out, that version got green lit.
Question: Do you have kids come up to you, recognize your voice, associate you with this movie ?
SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Kids don’t do that. Their parents do. And they try to make the kid know who you are. That’s Frozone, honey. The kid is looking at you like, you don’t have a blue suit on. You’re not making ice stuff. So nah and they have to give him a catch phrase. The kids that were four when they saw the movie are now are 18, so they’re knocking little kids over to get in line. My daughter is 35 and she’s knocking big kids over to get in. But no, we don’t get a new audience because we did a movie that kids really like. They have no idea who we are in our real selves. Or do they Craig?
CRAIG T. NELSON: It’s embarrassing really. Because the moms or dads are saying look Bill, there’s Mr. Incredible and the kid is just staring at you. You don’t look anything like him.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON: He’s got his thumb in his mouth. Take a picture with Mr. Incredible. This kid doesn’t know who I am.
CRAIG T. NELSON: Okay, well, say something like Mr. Incredible. Go ahead. And then he’ll.
SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Pick something heavy up for him.
CRAIG T. NELSON: It’s been 14 years, I don’t remember what I said in the first one. I mean, okay. How about this? It’s show time. The kid is like (blank stare).
SAMUEL L. JACKSON: Lift my car up. Hold the kid.
CRAIG T. NELSON: It’s just embarrassing.
Well, what isn’t embarrassing is the joy this film will bring to kids and adults alike as it rolls into a theater near you TODAY!!!! Have a ‘incredible’ weekend!