I absolutely loved writer-director Brad Bird’s Incredibles 2. It’s one of those rare sequels that just gets everything right and reminds you why Pixar is such a special company. Trust me, if you were nervous The Incredibles sequel would be anything less than amazing, you can relax. Finally, while everyone that worked on Incredibles 2 deserves some credit for helping to bring the film to life, I’ve got to single out Michael Giacchino, because his score for the film is something really special and absolutely elevates everything on screen. I can’t wait to see it again.
With the film now playing in theaters and breaking box office records, I got to sit down with Brad Bird and producer Nicole Grindle. During the interview, they talked about how making the sequel was like the first Incredibles, in the way the villain changed during the making of the film, why Bird doesn’t write for kids, how Bugs Bunny cartoons and Jonny Quest influenced the film, the incredible production design, and a lot more.
As most of you know from the trailers, Incredibles 2 is about Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) heading out to try and redeem the good name of the Supers, which leaves Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) at home trying to raise Violet (Sarah Vowell), Dash (Huck Milner), and Jack-Jack. The film also features the voice of Bob Odenkirk and Catherine Keener. For more on the film, read Matt Goldberg’s review.
Check out what Brad Bird and Nicole Grindle had to say in the player above and below is exactly what we talked about and the official synopsis.
Brad Bird and Nicole Grindle:
- Why he doesn’t write for kids and how Bugs Bunny cartoons and Johnny Quest influenced him.
- The incredible production design and Easter eggs talk.
- How did the script/story change during the development process?
- Reveals making the sequel was kind of like the first Incredibles in the way the villain changed during the making of the film.
Here’s the official synopsis for Incredibles 2:
In “Incredibles 2,” Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Written and directed by Brad Bird (“Iron Giant,” “The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) and produced by John Walker (“The Incredibles,” “Tomorrowland”) and Nicole Grindle (“Sanjay’s Super Team” short, “Toy Story 3” associate producer), Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.