The Incredibles is a 2004 American computer-animated superhero movie written and directed by Brad Bird, produced by Pixar Animation Studios, released by Walt Disney Pictures, and starring the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell, Spencer Fox, Jason Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Elizabeth Pena. Take a look below for 30 more fun and interesting facts about The Incredibles.
1. The movie follows a family of superheroes who are forced to hide their powers and live a quiet suburban life. However, Mr. Incredible’s desire to help people draws the entire family into a battle with a former fan who now plots to wipe out all superheroes with his killer robot.
2. Brad Bird, who was Pixar’s first outside director, developed the movie as an extension of the 1960s comic books and spy movies from his boyhood and personal family life.
3. The movie grossed $633 million worldwide during its original theatrical run.
4. The Incredibles received widespread approval from critics and audiences, winning two Academy Awards and the Annie Award for Best Animated Feature.
5. The Incredibles was the first entirely animated movie to win the prestigious Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.
6. Jason Lee, who voiced Syndrome, recorded his vocals in four days, while Craig T. Nelson, who voiced Mr. Incredible, recorded his vocals over the span of two years.
7. Lily Tomlin was considered for the part of Edna Mode, but turned it down when she heard Brad Bird’s vocal performance, saying, “What do you need me for? you got it already.”
8. Samuel L. Jackson was cast as the voice of Frozone because Brad Bird wanted the character to have the coolest voice.
9. Edna, the costume lady, is based on Edith Head, who worked as a studio costume designer on hundreds of movies over more than 50 years.
10. In order to give Dash a realistic out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird made Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.
11. Clothing, with its textures, weaving and stitching, is notoriously difficult to achieve in computer animation. Given that there are over 95 different outfits worn by the characters in the movie, a tailor was brought in to the studio to explain the intricacies of clothes design.
12. DC Comics objected to the name Elastigirl, due to their character Elasti-Girl. A compromise was reached whereas outside of the movie, Elastigirl would be known as Mrs. Incredible.
13. Syndrome’s unusual way of walking was supposedly inspired by a Pixar employee who someone had noticed had a very strange walk and commented on it. His or her attempts to curb the strange walk were the basis of Syndrome and his purposeful walking style.
14. Brad Bird drove his teams hard to be as creative as possible, insisting on greater attention to details and characters than any other previous Pixar production. The teams responded by pumping the movie full of references and inside jokes, one of the most noticeable being the villain Syndrome being modeled in Bird himself.
15. Brad Bird originally conceived The Incredibles as a conventional cel-animated movie when he pitched it. The cel-animated sequences seen in the End Credits are a representation of his original concept.
16. As with other Pixar productions, the original trailer for the movie featured animation made specially for the trailer, and not appearing in the final movie. It was directed by Brad Bird 18 months before the release of the movie.
17. In the beginning of the movie, when a robber is going through a woman’s purse on the roof of a building, a Mr. Incredible Pez dispenser can be seen among the items scattered on the ground.
18. In the original script, Syndrome only appeared n the opening scene. When the Pixar animators responded much more strongly to him than the main villain, who was originally called Xerek, he was moved to that role.
19. When Mr. Incredible returns home from saving civilians from a burning building with Frozone, he is humming the Incredibles theme song.
20. When Edna gives Helen the homing device for the first time in the laboratory, the GPS zooms into the San Francisco area, where the Pixar Animation Studios is located and the old studio building in Point Richmond.
21. The Incredibles is the first Disney or Pixar movie to receive a PG rating, since it has a bit more violence compared to their other movies.
22. In the Singaporean version of the movie, the company “Insuricare” is translated into “Black-hearted insurance company” if read literally in the Chinese character subtitles.
23. The sound effects of the flying saucers that were being driven on the island is actually the sound of a muffled Indy car.
24. The unusual architecture in the movie was based on a distinctive style of 1950s space-age futurism known as Googie, most often seen in coffee shops and bowling alleys of the era. Tiki architecture, another 1950s pop style and often considered a form of Googie, is also exemplified in many of the island sets.
25. During development, villain Bomb Voyage was named Bomb Perignon. However, the famous champagne maker wouldn’t provide the legal rights for the use of the name, so it was changed.
26. Frozone’s aftershave is Hai Karate, which is a real brand of aftershave.
27. The scene where Edna Mode recounts the fate of various other superheroes proved to be problematic, in that most of the names chosen for the superheroes in question, had already been used or optioned.
28. The Incredibles is the first Pixar movie not to receive an Oscar nomination for its music.
29. When Buddy first meets Mr. Incredible, he has put on a hero mask and filled in the area around his eyes with a blue marker. A similar technique was used in all the Batman movies to make the eyes of the actor more visible against the black mask.
30. In order to get the huge crowds and extra characters the movie needed, animators created a “standard man,” which could be modified to play different roles. For instance, Dash’s teacher, the school principal and the Underminer are all the same character, though heavily modified.