Jack-Jack Is Back To Steal The Show In The Long-Awaited Incredibles Sequel
Like Finding Nemo, the Incredibles sequel has been a long time coming (14 years exactly, but who’s counting?). Good news: the wait was worth it. Instead of catching up with an Incredibles family that’s aged 14 years (Jack Jack’s got a job bagging groceries, Violet’s moved out to San Francisco to live by the ocean in a VW Westfalia, Dash is a fugitive), we pick up exactly where where we left off: in a parking lot with supervillain The Underminer, who’s just destroyed dozens of classic, tail-finned, American-made automobiles and vacuumed all the cash out of a bank safe.
Brad Bird (Iron Giant, Ratatouille) returns to direct the sequel, taking Mr. and Mrs. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter) and the kids (Sarah Vowell and Huck Milner) into the second leg of the fight to make superheroes legal again. Samuel L. Jackson is back doing his Frozone thing, but we also meet a whole new squad of supers like Krushauer, Helectrix, Voyd, and Reflux (yep, that superpower is exactly what you think it is). IRL supers like Isabella Rossellini, Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener add their voice talents to the chorus, too.
The Incredibles (secret identity: the Parr family) have hit a new low after stopping The Underminer from destroying (okay, completely destroying) their city. It’s one more strike against superheroes, who frequently make a mess on the job (and don’t always manage to catch the bad guy). Shacked up in a dingy motel, the family’s options appear to have run out until a superhero supersupporter with some serious marketing know-how reaches out in an attempt to rebrand supers and show the world all the good they do.
The company chooses Helen as the campaign’s first spokesperson, and in a slick new Elastigirl suit (not designed by Edna—gasp!) with a camera embedded in it, she goes out to prove the value of superheroes to society while Bob stays home to mind the kids (a heroic feat of its own).
“Politicians don’t understand people who do good just because it’s right,” says the sage Rick Dicker at the top of the movie (it hurts, because his statement seems truer than ever right now). And while we go in rooting for the Incredibles and their gifted, do-gooder pals, the film will make thoughtful viewers reconsider our obsession with them.
Without giving anything away, we’ll just say that Screenslaver, the newest supervillain on the scene, argues that our fixation on superheroes is a symptom of our increasing passivity and consumerism and our lack of willingness to go out and experience the world for ourselves. Instead, we watch things happen through our screens. Coming from Disney (which owns both Pixar and Marvel) this is either hilarious or super cynical. Either way, Screenslaver has a point.
Incredibles 2 (preceded by an adorable, set-in-Toronto short also from Pixar) is in theatres June 15. Watch the latest trailer below.