(Infinity and Beyond is a regular bi-weekly column documenting the 25-year filmography of Pixar Animation Studios, film by film. In today’s column, writer Josh Spiegel highlights The Incredibles.)
For nearly a decade, Pixar Animation Studios was an island among animation studios. It worked with the Walt Disney Company on having its films distributed and its characters and worlds turned into theme-park and merchandising fodder. But its films were very homegrown in every possible respect. It took until their fourth film, Monsters, Inc., for the studio to have a film not directed or co-directed by John Lasseter. But their first five were all made by people who’d worked at the studio since before the release of Toy Story.
Another common thread in those five films is that humans were part of the overall stories being told, but never the main attraction. And the last common thread was that Pixar’s films weren’t driven by a single author; even Lasseter had co-directors, and Toy Story, as excellent a film as it was, had a script credited to a handful of writers. That would all change with Pixar’s sixth feature. It was from the mind of someone who hadn’t started at Pixar, it was written and directed by the same person, and…oh, yes. The Incredibles was a film entirely about humans.
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It’s a scene that has gone down in the history books, kicked off by one simple line: Honey, where is my super suit? Thus one of the most iconic Pixar scenes was born, in which Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) frantically scrambles for his super suit while his wife (Kimberly Adair Clark) belligerently refuses to tell him in 2004’s The Incredibles.
So when the long-awaited sequel finally rolled around, why did director Brad Bird deprive us of the greatest good that we ever could have gotten? All is revealed in an Incredibles 2 deleted scene released ahead of the film’s Blu-ray release.
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