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By Megan Bianco
Fourteen years ago, Pixar’s The Incredibles made mini-history as the animation studio’s first feature film to focus on human characters. Previously, Pixar movies were about talking animals, such as Finding Nemo (2003), talking bugs A Bug’s Life (1998), talking toys Toy Story (1995) and talking imaginary creatures Monster’s Inc. (2001). Now, the superhero family is back and ready for more fantastic CGI action. The Incredibles 2 returns Brad Bird to animation after experimenting with live-action with Mission: Impossible— Ghost Protocol (2011) and Tomorrowland (2015).
Only three months after defeating mega-villain Syndrome, the Parr family is back into hiding, as superheroes are still technically illegal. As soon as they find out that the “Super Relocation” program was successfully shut down by the government, Bob/Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and Lucius/Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) get contacted by broadcasting tycoon and superhero supporter Winston Deavor (Bob Odenkirk). Deavor and his sister, Evelyn (Catherine Keener), want to help bring back superheroes into relevancy and legality. Sophia Bush and Isabella Rossellini make appearances as new characters.
Incredibles 2 is essentially a remake of Mr. Mom (1983) with some commentary on how superheroes have taken over western pop culture. Like most sequels, the original is still slightly better, but the new feature has plenty to look for. The sequel is primarily centered on the female characters, naturally, and not in a pandering way. Some of the comic relief doesn’t completely take off—particularly with the baby in the Parr family. But for those who just want to see their favorite CGI heroes again, it delivers.