The Most Incredible Secrets Behind The Scenes Of The Incredibles Movies

entertainment | Rick Lax & Friends | 7/24/18

Way way back in 2004, Pixar gave us a gift. That gift was called, The Incredibles. And it really was. Incredible, that is. It was a family drama with a supernatural twist that left us wanting more. We wanted more in 2004. Then we wanted more in 2005. As the years went by, our hopes of getting an Incredibles sequel started to waver.

Cut to 2018. It’s fourteen years later. We’re fourteen years older— but we haven’t forgotten Bob, Helen, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack. We waited fourteen years for this, and it’s finally here. Keep reading to discover the secrets behind what is undoubtedly the best Pixar franchise ever made (do not @ me). Find out how Director Brad Bird found Violet’s voice, and how he lied about the origins of Edna Mode. You can’t fool us, Bird. We know who she looks like.

A Long Time Coming

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It took Jason Lee, the voice actor who played Syndrome in the first Incredibles movie, four days to record all of his vocals. It took Craig T. Nelson, the actor who provided the voice of Mr. Incredible, two whole years to finish recording his.

Mr. Incredible had way more lines than Syndrome— but two years more? I guess Craig T. Nelson was busy.

The Longest Computer Animated Film Ever

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At 1 hour and 58 minutes, Incredibles 2 is not only the longest Pixar film to date, but it’s also the longest computer-animated feature to date. Does that mean that it took Craig T. Nelson even longer to record his lines this time?

Maybe not. Now that Elastigirl is the main protagonist, maybe it was Holly Hunter’s turn to spend years in the recording booth.

The Name Of Syndrome’s Island Is A Clever Pun

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Syndrome sets up his base on Nomanisan, a remote island in the South Pacific Ocean. The name of the island is a play on the English phrase, “no man is an,” as in, no man is an island.

It’s an ironic name for an island inhabited by a villain who wants to break apart a family. It’s almost like the Incredibles were destined to defeat Syndrome there.

Another Play On Words

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Mr. Incredible’s “secret identity” name, Bob Parr, is a play on ‘par’, meaning average. Of course, Mr. Incredible is anything but average. He needed a name that went with his boring suburban life and his boring cubicle job.

Of course, he was way more than average to his family, and that’s what really matters.

You Sly Dog

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In 2007, Premiere voted Syndrome’s line, “You sly dog! You got me monologuing!” as the #15 of “The 100 Greatest Movie Lines.” I get it. It’s great. All that assonance in there is delicious.

This moment became a meme in 2012, years after the film’s release. Only the greatest lines in cinema can hope to achieve meme status.

The Voice Of Edna Mode

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Brad Bird, the director of The Incredible,s provided the voice of Supersuit designer Edna Mode. In an interview with Radio Free Entertainment, he explained,

“Yeah, and one actress that we went out to who I adore kept asking me to read the line again. And then she was listening to it, and eventually she said, ‘I think you kind of got a beat on it, maybe you should just do it.’ And then it was like, ‘What? No! I’m not respectable! You’re respectable!'”

The Black Sheep Of Pixar

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The Incredibles was a very difficult movie to make. It had people and hair and fabric— things that are notoriously difficult to recreate with computer animation. An executive at Pixar originally thought that it would take 10 years and $500 million to make the movie.

So Brad Bird told Pixar, “Give us the black sheep. I want artists who are frustrated. I want ones who have another way of doing things that nobody’s listening to. Give us all the guys who are probably headed out the door” He gave the black sheep a chance to prove their theories, and the rest is history.

Edna Mode Is Based On A Real Person

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The character of Edna mode was modeled after Edith Head, a woman who won 8 Oscars for best costume design over the course of her career.

Brad Bird denies that Edna was based on Edith, but come on. That’s like the time Vanilla Ice denied sampling “Under Pressure.” We have ears, Vanilla Ice. And we have eyes, Brad Bird.

It Got The Master’s Stamp Of Approval

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Brad Bird came to Pixar with the central Incredibles family all worked out. He knew their powers and their personalities. During production, Hayao Miyazaki visited Pixar and saw the film’s story reels.

When Bird asked if the reels made any sense or if they were just “American nonsense,” Miyazaki replied, through an interpreter, “I think it’s a very adventurous thing you are trying to do in an American film.”

The Definite Article Controversy

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There was controversy when the title for Incredibles 2 was first released. While the first film was titled The Incredibles, this film is simply titled Incredibles 2. Many extreme fans were outraged at the omission of the definite article.

I know Pixar was trying to be hip or something, but we’re all still going to call it “The Incredibles 2.”

The Coolest Man In Hollywood

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Director Brad Bird cast Samuel L. Jackson as the voice of Frozone because he wanted the character to have the coolest voice.

Can you even imagine anybody else saying the iconic line, “where is my Supersuit?” Bird definitely made the right choice. Read on to learn more about Mirage’s fancy phone number.

The Movie Takes Place In 1962

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If you pay attention to the atmosphere of the film, it quickly becomes clear that the movie is set in the ’60s. The Parr’s house is decorated in a distinctly ’60s fashion, Helen talks on a cord phone, Bob’s office computer is super clunky, and all the cars in the movie look old fashioned.

If all those other clues aren’t convincing enough, check out the date on Bob Parr’s newspaper.

Finally A Franchise

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It took fourteen years, but The Incredibles is now the fifth Pixar film to become a franchise. Other Pixar franchises include Toy Story, Cars, Monsters, Inc., and Finding Nemo.

All I can say is, finally. This is the sequel we were all really waiting for, and Pixar finally came through.

Call Her, See What Happens

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Mirage’s toll-free phone number on her business card is 866-787-7476. The last seven digits spell out the word “suprhro” on a typical phone pad. When the DVD was first released, you could call Mirage’s number and hear her voice directing you to the movie’s website.

Unfortunately, the recording has since been removed, and the phone number no longer connects to anything interesting.

Where Is My Super Suit?

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In the first Incredibles movie, Frozone’s wife was voiced by Kimberly Clark, a woman who worked in Pixar’s human resources department.

Samuel L. Jackson’s real-life wife, LaTanya Richardson Jackson, voices Honey Best, Frozone’s wife in the sequel. Now all the Jacksons are verified supers.

’60s Style Movie Score

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Michael Giancchino, the composer behind The Incredibles score, created music that reflected the film’s 1962 setting. Brad Bird wanted the music to sound like it was recorded on analog tapes.

He used brass instruments because they sound better on analog equipment than they do on digital.

How Violet Found Her Voice

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Brad Bird was listening to Public Radio International when he heard Sarah Vowell on the program “This American Life.” He thought her voice was perfect for Violet even though she had never acted before.

To convince her to lend her voice to the film, Pixar animated one of Vowell’s “This American Life” segments and sent it to her.

In Mirage We Trust

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The character of Mirage became iconic after the release of the first Incredibles movie. She was voiced by Elizabeth Peña. Unfortunately, Peña died in October 2014 from cirrhosis of the liver.

Out of respect for the actress, Mirage does not appear in Incredibles 2.

Will It Live Up To The Hype?

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After the success of The Incredibles back in 2004, Brad Bird said that he would only make a sequel if he could come up with a story that was just as good, or better than, the original.

Fourteen years later and we finally have that sequel. Is it better than the original? I’ll let you be the judge of that.

That’s Not My Name

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When Mr. Incredible scolds Syndrome at the beginning of The Incredibles, he accidentally calls him Brodie. Syndrome was voiced by Jason Lee, who played the character Brodie in Mallrats.

Do you think the writers slipped that in there intentionally? Or Maybe Craig T. Nelson just improvised it, and they left it in.