Incredibles 2 Warning - Screen Slaver

Incredibles 2 hit theaters this weekend, and in case you didn’t hear, it was quite the hit at the box office. The film broke the box office record for the biggest opening weekend in the history of animation with an estimated $180.2 million (the more precise figures will come this morning). But it didn’t entirely go off without a hitch, because some viewers has an unpleasant experience when they went to see the anticipated Pixar sequel.

In Incredibles 2, the villain known as The Screenslaver uses hypnotic, flashing videos to put people into a trance and do their villainous bidding. This means that several times throughout Incredibles 2 there are repeated light flashes and strobes that have the potential in incite problems for viewers dealing with epilepsy, migraines, vision impairments, seizure conditions, vertigo (specifically flicker vertigo), autism, ADHD, and PTSD. One viewer took notice of this issue and garnered up enough support online so that Disney asked all theaters to deliver an Incredibles 2 warning about this potential issue that might arise for some viewers.

Here’s the Twittter thread that went viral and led to Disney’s addition of a warning at box office counters:

Veronica Lewis also created a post on her blog about this problem. According to Variety, there weren’t any official reports of issues arising this weekend, but it’s better safe than sorry for Disney to let their viewers know about this problem in advance. As someone with a family member who has migraines triggered by exposure to strobe lights, this is something that plenty of viewers will appreciate knowing about before they go into the theater.

The result of this quick and courteous campaign, and you might have already encountered them:

So if you’re going to see Incredibles 2 this weekend, just beware of this issue. Hopefully it won’t keep you from enjoying this fantastic sequel to The Incredibles. In case you haven’t heard, it’s pretty damn great, so you should head out to see it as soon as possible.

Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Incredibles 2 is playing in theaters everywhere now.

 

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