We Don't Need Another Hero
February 20, 2004
Do they know about this at Overlawyered?
Mr. Incredible is a superhero; or he used to be, until a surge of lawsuits against superheroes submitted by the people they've saved forced the government to hide them in witness protection programs so they could lead normal, anonymous lives.
That would be the premise for The Incredibles, the next computer animated feature from the merry band at Pixar, the penultimate release under Pixar's recently ended deal with Disney. The film is directed by Brad Bird, previously responsible for "Family Dog" (for Steven Spielberg) and The Iron Giant.
The very amusing teaser for The Incredibles, along with some "sneak peeks" designed for insertion into a recent television broadcast of Toy Story, can be seen here. (Those lawsuits are mentioned in Sneak Peek Clip #2, and intriguing glimpses of the rough animation abound in Clip #1.) Some notes on shot composition from Brad Bird, with examples drawn [ho ho] from King of the Hill, can be accessed here, thanks to the interesting if dubiously named reference site, Animation Meat.
(I went on a bit about animated films in general last August. Interested readers can click through here.)