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The Incredibles
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Created byPixar Animation Studios
Original workThe Incredibles (2004)
Films and television
Short film(s)
Video game(s)
* Crossover work where this franchise's characters and/or settings appear.

The Incredibles is an American animated film series produced by Pixar Animation Studios. Brad Bird wrote and directed both feature films, and Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell and Samuel L. Jackson all star. The first film, The Incredibles, was released in November 2004 and received acclaim from critics, winning the Academy Award for Best Animated Feature. The second film, Incredibles 2, was released in June 2018, received mostly positive reviews and set the record for best opening weekend for an animated film with $183 million. The series has grossed a combined $977 million worldwide.


The Incredibles (2004)[edit]

A family of superheroes, while trying to live a quiet suburban life after superheros are deemed illegal, are forced into action to save the world.

Incredibles 2 (2018)[edit]

Bob Parr (Mr Incredible) is left to care for Jack-Jack while Helen (Elastigirl) is out saving the world.


Following the release of Incredibles 2, director Brad Bird acknowledged that the film's truncated production schedule resulted in many plotlines and ideas he had for the film being cut from the final version. He cited Pixar's decision in October 2016 to swap the release dates of Toy Story 4 and Incredibles 2, which meant that Bird’s film lost a full year of production. Bird stated that the lingering plotlines could lead to a third installment, just as they did with the second. "There were a lot of ideas that we had on this film that could be [used]... whether it's another Incredibles film, or something else." Cast members including Samuel L. Jackson and Sophia Bush have expressed interest in reprising their roles. "I wouldn't ever rule it out," said producer John Walker of a potential threequel. "And if past is prologue, it'll be another 14 years — and a lot of people will probably need oxygen to make a third one."[1]

Short films[edit]

Jack-Jack Attack (2005)[edit]

A short film was released on March 15, 2005 on the first film's DVD release, entitled Jack-Jack Attack. Bird returned to write and direct the short. It was originally conceived to be part of the first film, but decided to make it into a short. The short takes place during the events of the first film and follows Kari as she babysits Jack-Jack while discovering his newly awakened superpowers in the process.

Mr. Incredible and Pals (2005)[edit]

Another short film titled Mr. Incredible and Pals was also included on the first film's DVD release. The short is a fictional episode of a low-budget 1960s animated series in the style of Clutch Cargo. It follows Mr. Incredible, Frozone, and their rabbit pal Mister Skipperdoo's attempt to prevent a bridge from being destroyed. Craig T. Nelson and Samuel L. Jackson appear as the real Mr. Incredible and Frozone respectively in the short's commentary track.

Video games[edit]

The Incredibles (2004)[edit]

A video game based on the first film was released for multiple platforms on September 28, 2004.

The Incredibles: When Danger Calls (2004)[edit]

A PC game entitled The Incredibles: When Danger Calls was released on November 3, 2004.

The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer (2005)[edit]

The Incredibles: Rise of the Underminer was released for multiple platforms in 2005. It is a 3-D action-adventure game and is presented as an alternate continuation of The Incredibles ignoring the events of Incredbles 2. The game follows Mr. Incredible and Frozone as they face off against The Underminer as he prepares his attack on the Earth's surface.

Lego The Incredibles (2018)[edit]

A Lego video game adaptation based on the events of the first two films was developed by TT Fusion and released by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment on June 15, 2018 for Nintendo Switch, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 coincidenciding with the release of Incredibles 2.

The Incredibles have made appearances in other Disney-related video games including all three Disney Infinity games in which characters from the films appear as playable characters and Kinect Rush: A Pixar Adventure for Xbox 360 which includes missions from various Pixar films including The Incredibles.

Cast and characters[edit]

Characters Theatrical films Short films
The Incredibles Incredibles 2 Jack-Jack Attack Mr. Incredible and Pals
2004 2018 2005
Bob Parr / Mr. Incredible Craig T. Nelson Pete Docter
Helen Parr / Elastigirl Holly Hunter
Violet Parr Sarah Vowell
Dashiell "Dash" Parr Spencer Fox Huck Milner
Jack-Jack Parr Eli Fucile
Maeve Andrews
Eli Fucile
Nicholas Bird
(monster form)
Eli Fucile
Maeve Andrews
Lucius Best / Frozone Samuel L. Jackson Michael Asberry
Edna Mode Brad Bird
Rick Dicker Bud Luckey Jonathan Banks Bud Luckey
Tony Rydinger Michael Bird
Honey Best Kimberly Adair Clark
Buddy Pine / Syndrome Jason Lee Jason Lee
Mirage Elizabeth Peña
Gilbert Huph Wallace Shawn
Bernie Kropp Lou Romano
Principal Wayne Canney
Bomb Voyage Dominique Louis
Kari McKeen Bret Parker Bret Parker
The Underminer John Ratzenberger
Winston Deavor Bob Odenkirk
Evelyn Deavor Catherine Keener
Karen / Voyd Sophia Bush
Krushauer Phil LaMarr
Reflux Paul Eiding
The Ambassador Isabella Rossellini
Screenslaver / Pizza Guy Bill Wise


Production for the first film[edit]

The Incredibles as a concept dates back to 1993 when Bird sketched the family during a period in which he tried to break into film.[2][3] Personal issues had percolated into the story as they weighed on him in life.[4] During this time, Bird had inked a production deal with Warner Bros. Animation and was in the process of directing his first feature, The Iron Giant.[5] Approaching middle age and having high aspirations for his filmmaking, Bird pondered whether his career goals were attainable only at the price of his family life.[4] He stated, "Consciously, this was just a funny movie about superheroes. But I think that what was going on in my life definitely filtered into the movie."[6] After the box office failure of The Iron Giant, Bird gravitated toward his superhero story.[4][5]

He imagined it as a homage to the 1960s comic books and spy films from his boyhood and he initially tried to develop it as a 2D cel animation.[4] When The Iron Giant became a box office bomb, he reconnected with old friend John Lasseter at Pixar in March 2000 and pitched his story idea to him.[3] Bird and Lasseter knew each other from their college years at CalArts in the 1970s.[7] Lasseter was sold on the idea and convinced Bird to come to Pixar, where the film would be done in computer animation. The studio announced a multi-film contract with Bird on May 4, 2000,[4] breaking Pixar's mold of having directors who had all risen through the ranks. The Incredibles was written and directed solely by Brad Bird, a departure from previous Pixar productions which typically had two or three directors and as many screenwriters.[8] In addition, it would be the company's first film in which all characters are human.[7]

"The dad is always expected in the family to be strong, so I made him strong. The moms are always pulled in a million different directions, so I made her stretch like taffy. Teenagers, particularly teenage girls, are insecure and defensive, so I made her turn invisible and turn on shields. And ten-year-old boys are hyperactive energy balls. Babies are unrealized potential."

– Brad Bird, writer and director of The Incredibles.[9][10]

Production for the second film[edit]

Following the first film, Brad Bird directed his next film for Pixar, Ratatouille, which was released in June 2007. Near its premiere, Bird said he was open to an idea of a sequel to The Incredibles, but only if it could be even better than the original. He stated, "I have pieces that I think are good, but I don't have them all together."[11]

In a May 2013 interview, Bird reiterated his interest in a sequel: "I have been thinking about it. People think that I have not been, but I have—because I love those characters, and love that world." He added: "I am stroking my chin and scratching my head. I have many, many elements that I think would work really well in another Incredibles film, and if I can get 'em to click all together, I would probably wanna do that."[12] While publicizing the first film, Bird had already conceptualized the eventual approach where Bob and Helen would switch roles, and Jack-Jack would develop multiple powers yet known by the family.[13]

Pixar announced in November 2016 that both Holly Hunter and Samuel L. Jackson would return to reprise their roles,[14][15] and at the July 2017 D23 Expo that both Craig T. Nelson and Sarah Vowell would also return with them. Spencer Fox, the original voice of Dashiell "Dash" Parr, was replaced in the sequel by younger newcomer Huck Milner.[16] Also that July, Brad Bird and John Ratzenberger were confirmed as reprising their characters from the first film.[17][18]

In November 2017, Pixar announced that Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener had been signed to the cast,[18] but did not disclose their roles as new characters Winston and Evelyn Deavor until a later date.[citation needed] In January 2018, it was announced that Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini would voice new characters Voyd and The Ambassador, while Jonathan Banks would voice Rick Dicker, after the character's original voice actor, Bud Luckey, retired in 2014;[19][20] after his death in 2018, the film was dedicated to Luckey's memory.[21]


Film Release date Director Producer(s) Executive Producer Writer Composer Editor Cinematographer(s) Runtime
The Incredibles November 5, 2004 Brad Bird John Walker John Lasseter Brad Bird Michael Giacchino Stephen Schaffer Andrew Jimenez
Patrick Lin
Janet Lucroy
115 minutes
Incredibles 2 June 15, 2018 John Walker
Nicole Paradis Grindle
Mahyar Abousaeedi 118 minutes


Box office performance[edit]

Film Release date Box office gross Budget Ref
North America Other territories Worldwide
The Incredibles November 5, 2004 $261,441,092 $371,578,642 $633,019,734 $92 million [22]
Incredibles 2 June 15, 2018 $269,446,690 $75,100,000 $344,546,690 $200 million [23]
Total $530,887,782 $446,678,642 $977,566,424 $292 million [24]

Critical response[edit]

Film Rotten Tomatoes Metacritic CinemaScore
The Incredibles 97% (236 critics)[25] 90 (41 critics)[26] A+[27]
Incredibles 2 94% (211 critics)[28] 80 (50 critics)[29] A+[30]

Academy Awards[edit]

Category The Incredibles
Best Animated Feature Won
Best Original Screenplay Nominated
Best Sound Editing Won
Best Sound Mixing Nominated

See also[edit]


  1. Snetiker, Marc (June 17, 2018). "Could there be an Incredibles 3? Director Brad Bird weighs in". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. Brad Bird, John Walker et al. (2011). The Incredibles. Special Features: Making of The Incredibles (Blu-ray Disc). Buena Vista Home Entertainment.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Patrizio, Andy (March 9, 2005). "An Interview with Brad Bird". IGN. Archived from the original on January 20, 2013. Retrieved July 27, 2013.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Price, p. 220
  5. 5.0 5.1 Price, p. 219
  6. Paik, Karen. (2007) To Infinity and Beyond!: The Story of Pixar Animation Studios, Chronicle Books LLC, pg. 236–37.
  7. 7.0 7.1 Price, p. 217
  8. Price, p. 222
  9. Price, p. 220–221
  10. Michael Barrier (February 27, 2005). "Brad Bird - Interview". MichaelBarrier.com. Retrieved July 31, 2012.
  11. "Bird on Toy Story 3 and The Incredibles 2". June 22, 2007. Retrieved June 22, 2007.
  12. "Brad Bird on 'Incredibles' Sequel: 'I Would Probably Wanna Do That' (Q&A)". The Hollywood Reporter. May 16, 2013. Retrieved May 16, 2013.
  13. Schoellkopf, Christina (June 7, 2018). "'Incredibles 2' team on the sequel's 14-year gap, and putting Elastigirl center stage". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved June 8, 2018.
  14. Goldberg, Lesley (November 17, 2016). "Holly Hunter to Star in HBO's Alan Ball Family Drama". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 17, 2016.
  15. Romano, Nick (December 16, 2016). "Incredibles 2: Samuel L. Jackson is back to work on Frozone in new image". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
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  17. Alexander, Julia (July 14, 2017). "The Incredibles 2 will focus on Elastigirl, include some noticeable upgrades". Polygon.
  18. 18.0 18.1 "Bob Odenkirk, Catherine Keener Join Voice Cast of Pixar's "The Incredibles 2" (Exclusive)". November 17, 2017.
  19. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Cast
  20. "'Incredibles 2' Reveals New Cast, Character Details".
  21. Tenreyro, Tatiana. "'Incredibles 2' Has A Touching Dedication To A Pixar Animating Legend". Bustle. Retrieved 2018-06-15.
  22. "The Incredibles". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  23. "Incredibles 2". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  24. "The Incredibles at the Box Office". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved June 22, 2018.
  25. "The Incredibles (2004)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  26. "The Incredibles reviews". Metacritic. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  27. "The Incredibles – CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  28. "Incredibles 2 (2018)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  29. "Incredibles 2". Metacritic. Retrieved June 18, 2018.
  30. "The Incredibles 2 – CinemaScore". CinemaScore. Retrieved June 18, 2018.

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