Family Time: The Incredibles U

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This film was last shown on 17 February 2024

Representing 2004 in our Family Time “4x4” mini-season is The Incredibles – Pixar’s spin on the Superhero genre (years before the MCU took off!)

The film tells the story of the seemingly normal Parr family: parents Helen and Bob, and their three children Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack.

A family of secret superheroes, they must supress their unique abilities to avoid getting into trouble with the law. The family live a monotonous suburban lifestyle; doing housework and trudging to school and work day-in-day-out.

One day, the urge to help others gets too great for Bob – also known as Mr Incredible – and their cover may be blown… To save each other, and the world, the entire family must work together and utilise the skills they have tried so hard to disguise!

Directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, Ratatouille), The Incredibles won the Oscar for Best Animated Feature, and has gone on to receive recognition as one of the greatest superhero films of all time, animated or live-action; it has been praised for everything from its thrilling action sequences, humorous script, voice acting performances, and ability to appeal to different age groups.

The style of animation was also crucial to the film’s success. Made by Pixar, the film was one of their original run of 3D computer animated films – alongside Toy Story, A Bugs Life, and Monsters Inc - that played a highly influential role in the widespread proliferation of these films over traditional, 2D hand drawn animation. In 2005, Disney took inspiration from Pixar’s success with their own effort, Chicken Little, before purchasing Pixar in 2006.

The Incredibles is rated U, though it features mild violence and threat. For fans of Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse, Big Hero 6, and Teen Titans Go! To The Movies this is a must see.

Family Time screenings are relaxed and feature subtitles and low-level lighting for accessibility and comfort for all. All tickets are £5. Please find more information about Family Time here.

1 hour 55 minutes
Craig T. Nelson


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