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Incredibles 2 (Sometimes spelled as The Incredibles 2) is Pixar's 20th feature film and a sequel to the 2004 film The Incredibles, originally scheduled to be released on June 21, 2019[2], but moved to the date of June 15, 2018.[3]

Synopsis

It was revealed at 2017 D23 Expo that the sequel will have the characters the same age as they were in the first film and that it takes place immediately after the first film. Elastigirl will take a more prominent role as she is taken on an adventure, while Mr. Incredible stays at home and spends some time with the kids. Another plot description comes from an Instagram post, "Bob will try to lead with heroism a normal life in his house, having more time to spend with his son, Jack-Jack... whose superpowers are emerging!"[4]

Plot

Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl leave Jack-Jack with Violet and Dash as they take on the Underminer, who is causing havoc while robbing a bank. Violet's love interest, Tony Rydinger, discovers her superhero identity, forcing Agent Rick Dicker to erase his memory. When the Parr family's attempt to stop the Underminer from robbing Metroville Bank fails, the authorities become concerned over the level of damage caused by the incident. Rick Dicker informs the Parr family that his department's "Super Relocation" program is being shut down, forcing Supers across the world to permanently adhere to their secret identities; the last assistance he can offer is to put the family up in a motel for two weeks, since their home was destroyed in the incident with Syndrome in the first film. At dinner, the Parrs argue about what happened earlier, with Helen being against the others, claiming that they need to forget about being Supers.

Soon thereafter, Bob and Helen, along with family friend, Lucius Best – the superhero, Frozone – are contacted by Winston Deavor, a superhero fan, telecommunications tycoon, and owner of DevTech. Winston and his sister, Evelyn Deavor, the genius inventor behind DevTech technology, propose a publicity stunt to regain the public's support and trust in Supers.

Helen is selected to be the first to undertake the stunt by openly fighting crime in New Urbem, under her old identity Elastigirl, as she is the least destructive of the three. As part of the plan, Winston provides the family with a new home and Bob offers to take care of the kids while Helen is away on her mission. In New Urbem, Elastigirl stops a newly built monorail train from crashing after it unexpectedly goes backwards at a high speed. She discovers that the train driver was under the influence of the Screenslaver, a villain who hypnotizes people through any monitor he hacks into. During an interview with Chad Brentley, everyone minus Elastigirl is hypotized by the Screenslaver. Through Brentley, the Screenslaver reveals his plans to kill the Ambassador by hijacking the escort helicopter she's on. However, Elastigirl quickly comes to her rescue, and brings her down to the ground, where she faints.

Bob struggles at first but gradually settles into the role of a stay-at-home parent, though he becomes fatigued due to having to deal with each of his children's problems. He is delighted at the discovery that Jack-Jack has various super powers, but has a hard time trying to manage the baby's abilities. Jack-Jack wreaks havoc with his burgeoning superpowers after seeing a raccoon, Rocky, outside that resembled a criminal on TV. When Bob accidentally lets slip Tony's memory wipe, Violet is furious at him. He takes the family, minus Helen to The Happy Platter, where Dicker told Bob Tony works, but ends in embarrassment for Violet as she squirts water out of her nose when she sees Tony.

Elastigirl's recent actions have caused a movement of superheroes stepping out into the public, wanting to help out others like Supers did in the past. These include the likes of Voyd, who is excited to meet her favourite Super. Elastigirl and Evelyn formulate a plan to track down the Screenslaver and capture him. Elastigirl tracks down and manages to capture the Screenslaver, who is only a pizza delivery man and has no recollection of what he did; he is arrested and imprisoned at Helen's advice. While attending a celebration of the Screenslaver's defeat at DEVTECH, Helen further investigates and realizes that the man was actually being controlled by hypno-screens within his goggles. Before Helen can alert anyone, Evelyn Deavor overpowers her and forces Hypno-goggles onto her.

Seeking help with Jack-Jack, Bob takes him to Edna Mode, a family friend and famous superhero-costume designer, who is fascinated with the baby's powers. After Bob goes back home, he has a chat with Violet, apologizing for the ordeal he put her through, thought she tells him he is 'super' just as he falls asleep. Bob wakes up after sleeping for 17 hours, and goes to Edna's to pick up Jack-Jack. Edna shows Bob how the baby's suit works, and that he can use a device to control his powers.

Evelyn reveals herself to be the mastermind behind the Screenslaver. Her hatred for supers stems from her father's murder several years ago, where instead of hiding and calling the police from intruders, her father attempted to call the supers, but was unable to reach them and was discovered and fatally shot by the intruders. Seeing Supers as a threat to humanity's independence, she sought to undermine her brother's mission and plans to use the superheroes to cause a catastrophe that makes it impossible for them to ever be legalized again, which will result in thousands of deaths.

Back at home, Bob demonstrates Jack-Jack's powers using his new super-suit and device to his elder children, who are excited by the array of his powers. Bob then gets a call from Evelyn who claims that his wife needs help, but is using the call to lure him so she can hypnotise him. Bob tells Lucius to come over to babysit the kids while he is home. Evelyn uses Helen to lure Bob into a trap and sends other mind-controlled supers wearing the goggles to attempt to put the Parr children under her control. Lucius defends the children before the mind-controlled supers subdue and hypnotize him with the goggles.

Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are able to escape with the help of the Incredibile, a high-tech car once owned by Bob. They flee the house in the car and locate the Deavors' ship. On the superyacht, there is a hearing of leaders to re-legalize superheroes, with Ambassador Selick being the first to sign the International Supers Accord to legalize Supers. Violet leaves Jack-Jack with Dash and looks for their parents, but knocks over a pot plant and alerts the hypnotized wannabe Supers. Voyd finds and fights Violet, but fails to put a pair of Hypno-goggles on her.

On board, the mind-controlled Helen, Bob and Lucius recite a vindictive manifesto on air to paint themselves – and Supers in general – as a public threat. Everybody else on the superyacht including Winston is hypnotized so that the three hypnotised Supers can divert the vessel towards shore unopposed, putting many lives at risk and further tarnishing the reputation of all Supers. Violet leaves Jack-Jack with Dash and looks for their parents, but trips over a pot plant, alerting the hypnotized wannabe Supers. Voyd uses a portal to intercept Violet, and the two fight. Voyd tries to place a pair of Hypno-goggles on Violet, but is kicked away before she can.

The hypnotized Supers are freed from Evelyn's control when Jack-Jack uses his telekinesis power to dislodge his mother's hypno-goggles, and displays other powers, surprising her. The wannabe Supers are released from their hypnosis as well, and a plan to stop Evelyn from escaping and stop the ship from crashing into the city is put in place. Evelyn tries to escape in a getaway jet attached to the ship but is eventually stopped and captured by Helen. Mr. Incredible turns the ship using the rudder since Krushauer blocked access to the bridge with pipes, while Frozone attempts to help steer the ship using ice. The ship reaches shore just as it is about to stop, but Frozone lays a thick layer of snow as a buffer against the nearby buildings to prevent any structural damage. Following the incident, Evelyn is arrested; she indicates gratitude towards Helen for saving her from falling to her death for the plane, but still dislikes supers. Supers around the world regain full legal status. The Supers are thanked and the Supers Relocation Program is finally revoked, making Supers legal once again.

A while later after the battle, Tony Rydinger, a boy at school who Violet had a crush on, agrees to a date with her at a movie. He leaves for the theater with the Parrs. However, at the theater the Parrs witness a car of bank-robbers armed with machine guns driving down the street. Violet leaves Tony at the theater, promising she would be back before the previews end. Then, the Parrs don their masks, ready to pursue the criminals.

Voice Cast

Production

On March 18, 2014, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Pixar had begun pre-production on Incredibles 2[5] with The Incredibles director Brad Bird working on the story.[6] Later that month, Samuel L. Jackson told Digital Spy that he would likely reprise his role as Frozone in the sequel.[7]

Bird announced in April 2015 that he has started writing the screenplay,[8] and confirmed in May that he will be making it after releasing Tomorrowland.[9] He has also added that it will not have a big focus on the superhero genre, saying, "I don't think that kind of idea stays interesting for very long... For me, the interesting thing was never the superhero part of it. It was more the family dynamic, and how do superhero things play into that?"[10]

In a reply Tweet in October 2015, Bird revealed that Michael Giacchino would be back to score Incredibles 2.[11]

During the D23 Expo event, Holly Hunter, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, and Samuel L. Jackson were all confirm to be reprising their roles from the first film for the sequel, except for Spencer Fox, who went through puberty during the years since the first film and would be recast with a new child actor named Huck Milner. Bird also confirmed that he will also return to voice Edna Mode. It was also announced that John Ratzenberger will also return to voice the Underminer, as Brad Bird confirmed that the story will pick up immediately right after the first film ended.

Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener joined the cast in November 2017, in which they were confirmed to be voicing Winston Deavor and Evelyn Deavor, respectively. Jonathan Banks, Sophia Bush, and Isabella Rossellini also joined the cast on January 22, 2018. Bush and Rossellini were announced to be voicing new coming characters named Voyd and Ambassador. Banks was announced to be voicing Rick Dicker, replacing Bud Luckey due to his retirement in 2014, his declining health, and eventual death of natural causes in February 2018.

The first teaser trailer to the film premiered on November 18, 2017. The second trailer was released on February 14, 2018, during the 2018 Olympic Winter Games event. Animation was completed on March 30, 2018.

The first 10 minutes of the movie was shown at Disney California Adventure starting May 18th.

Reception

The film received highly positive reviews and an approval rating of 94% on review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes based on 173 reviews, it's consensus reads, "Incredibles 2 reunites Pixar's family crimefighting team for a long-awaited follow-up that may not quite live up to the original, but comes close enough to earn its name."[12]

Robert Abele of TheWrap gave the film a positive review by stating "Whatever the opposite of phoning in a sequel is, that's Brad Bird's progressive-minded, thunderously fun mix of super saves, throwback aesthetics and family comedy."[13]

Attached short film

The short film Bao, directed by Domee Shi, is attached to the theatrical release of Incredibles 2.[14]

A Real Stretch: An Elastigirl Prequel Story

In May 2018, the prose novel A Real Stretch was released by Disney Press. Written by Carla Jablonski, it focused on the exploits of Elastigirl before the events of the first film.

LEGO The Incredibles

On March 28, 2018, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and TT Games announced LEGO The Incredibles, a video game based off of the The Incredibles films. The game was released on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC on June 15, 2018.[15]

Health Hazards

The film received a health warning due to scenes with flashing lights, particularly the scene of Elastigirl's fight with the Screenslaver in his strobe cage. Disney issued a statement to USA Today stating that they appreciated the efforts the theaters had already made in making signs warning people seeing the movie. They then asked theaters to warn audiences about the scene in a memo that read, "Incredibles 2 contains a sequence of flashing lights, which may affect customers who are susceptible to photosensitive epilepsy or other photosensitivities". Those scenes were edited for the home release to accommodate photosensitive viewers, except the 4K HDR version. (Digital and Blu-Ray).

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