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A couple incredible INCREDIBLES reviews, including a look at BOUNDIN', Pixar's new short!!!

Published at: Oct. 8, 2004, 7:51 a.m. CST

Ahoy, squirts! Quint here with a few reviews of THE INCREDIBLES. I've made no secret of my high anticipation for this flick and these positive reviews only fan the flames!

Hello Harry,

Had an opportunity to see “The Incredibles” which also included a screening of the new Pixar short “Boundin”.

If you don’t want to know a thing about “Boundin” move on to the next paragraph.

Boundin is about a dancing sheep with beautiful white wool. He entertains his friends every day by (River)dancing around his desert oasis while they cheer him on. Then one day, he is briefly “sheep-napped” to be returned to his desert oasis, sans his lovely white wool. Very skinny and shiny pink, our sheep is embarrassed, and his desert friends laugh and make fun of him. Our sheep is then befriended by the very wise desert Jackalope. Jackalope bestows his wisdom of “Boundin” to our lowly sheep, who embraces his new look and leap on life. The moral of the story, it’s not on the outside that counts, but what’s on the inside. It’s a very sweet short.

Now, the Incredible stuff and SPOILERS. Every Pixar picture has outshined the last, and I have no doubt that this will do so. This movie however, is very different from the other Pixar pictures. This has a much more adult feel, which is all good. Also, this is the first time that “death” is evident. Brad Bird did the world much good with “Iron Giant” only to have Warner Bros. treat it like the bastard step-child rather than market it properly, but enough with that.

Mr. Incredible & Elastigirl (Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter) are superhero’s who fall in love, and with all their superhero friends as witnesses (including Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone) get married between gigs saving the world. Mr. Incredible has a young stalker/fan named Buddy, who wants to be just like Mr. Incredible, but Mr. Incredible shuns him, for obvious reasons. In the days of rampant lawsuits, all the superhero’s are forced in to an identity protection program, which forces them to live like normal people. So Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl spend the next 15 years as Bob & Helen Parr, raising their 3 kids, Violet, Dash & baby Jack Jack. Violet & Dash both have received the superhero gene’s from their parents, and Jack Jack appears to be a “normal” baby. Dash is a brat, super speedy and likes to use his powers where as Violet, a teenager, is slightly dark and wants to be normal. She’s like one of those goth teens. Bob has been working in insurance, under a persnickitty boss voiced by Gilbert Gottfried. This is NOT the life for Bob, who is fired after witnessing a mugging but not being able to do anything about it and then launching his boss through several walls. Bob is then approached by Mirage (the under-worked Elizabeth Pena) to do some supersneaky superhero work. Bob is duped, and trapped on an island by a grown-up Buddy, whose moniker is now “Syndrome”, a self-made, and somewhat twisted superhero, with an evil agenda. Helen finds out the whereabouts of her husband from Superhero designer extraordinaire Edna Mode, who quite frankly is the funniest character in the movie. She’s like a mixture of Linda Hunt and Edith Head and apparently voiced by Bird. A freaking riot! Helen takes off to save her husband, finding out too late that Violet and Dash have stowed away on the jet she has borrowed. At one point, it’s quite certain to Mr. Incredible that his family has been killed, and his emotions consume him. Eventually the family is reunited, along with Frozone, in time to save the world from Syndrome pretending to save the world. The superhero’s are once again praised, but choose to live out their existence somewhat incognito, although more than willing to fight the forces of evil when duty calls.

Loved the movie, loved it loved it loved it. The animation was great, especially the island and water scenes. All the actors were great, although I wish we could have seen a little more of Samuel L. Jackson’s Frozone. Loved Holly Hunter too, she was fantastic. I don't really have anything negative to say. The movie was longer than I expected, but that was just an observation, not a critique. Overall, I'd say that Disney has a much needed hit on their hands. Too bad the negotiations with Pixar are nil.

That's it for now,

Almighty Isis.

This one's a little more... vulgar. So, kiddies might want to shield their eyes. For those who are brave, I present an R-rated review for a PG-rated film.

INCREDIBLES REVIEW

I am Project Rage

SPOILER heavy with a hint of a potty mouth and grammer fucked writing.

I understand I might be in the minority here. Though I wish Eisner got hit by a drunken schoolbus driver and then federal-penitentary raped while leaving a milky outline of florida on his back by Tiiger. Golly gee. I know I’m part of the minority. Yes, this is the Incredibles review.

RANT: Mr. Parr is Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) and is part of a superhero group with his wife Elasticgirl (Holly Hunter) and friend Fro-zone (Aint it Cool’s “Mr. Cool” Sam “The Man” L. Jackson) they stop crime but get in a legal struggle and go into hiding, though many years later an old dislusioned fan turns into a villan “Syndrome” (Jason Lee) and is now out to rid the earth of the superheroes who happened to be his Mr. Parr’s family with his three superhero kids.

AUDIO: All digital, Excellent mixing except of the score. It’s like the score was well done but it was like it was timid or shy. Score come here! Come here score! They needed David Arnold or John Debney instead of the composer Michael Giacchino of Alias and Medal of Honor (nice score). They needed more brass and themes. The score kicks ass during the last fight but needs some AZT during the rest of the film Though Pixar is one of the finest mixers for sound F/X. Top notch.

PICTURE: 2:35 aspect ratio which is superb and the only other pixar film other than BUGS LIFE. It was worth having and hope pixar keeps the aspect ratio trend. 1:66 during the opening with scraggly opening/interviews.The detail of this film is crazy from the wet hair to the nasty wires on the back of Mr. Parr’s computer.

RAVE: This film is much an homage to Ken-Adams-influenced-Bond and superhero films, as Sky Captain was to the serials, and both are just as fun. It makes you want to visit the villan’s island the wicked waterfalls/doors, Bond like transports, lava waterfalls. The creativity of this film is off the chart. Edna the superhero costumer voiced by Mr. Bird steals the show and I’m counting down the days I will buy this DVD with Edna presenting the menus. She is priceless. I recommend this film with a gin and tonic with an olive. It’s cooool and relaxing like a Sinatra album. Odd that I say that, but it’s true.

RAGE: Didn’t get to see the the short film, yeah thanks cunt. And no there was no starwars trailer so chill out lucasbaters..My only minor complaint other than the wifebeaten-shy score was the editing. It was a bit lax. It’s more in the timing of an early Bond-film, though it kick uber-ass at the end, with all the abilities of the kids and fights (aka. running on water, force-fields) and especially outwitting the machines and spinning-bladed-flying saucers. Ohh and it was a bit light on Sam Jackson.

RATE: It rates higher than NEMO, MONSTERS. It is equal and a bit above of BUGS LIFE, but less than the TOY STORYS.

This film is excellent and fun. Go see Sky Captain, then this, then watch Shaun of the Dead.

I am Project Rage

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  • Oct. 8, 2004, 7:55 a.m. CST

    When I think cool, I think of...

    by Spikes Brain

    Craig T. Nelson. Boy, "Coach" sure was funny, with the Van Dyke guy and the big retarded guy and all...

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 8:12 a.m. CST

    Go see what???? Go see it where???

    by ChickenGeorgeVII

    "Sky Captain"???? you're telling us to go see Sky Captain??? Where? Is it already in the dollar show, cause I can't find it in the theaters anymore....because it made no money.....WAIT! HOLY FUCK! SKY CAPTAIN DIDN'T MAKE ANY MONEY!!! THEY TOLD ME IT WAS THE GREATEST THING SINCE SLICED BREAD AND THAT IT WOULD MAKE SO MUCH MONEY THAT IT WOULD SOLVE ALL THE WORLD'S DEBT?? WHAT HAPPENED? DID IT FLOP? IT DID??? THEY LIED TO ME!!!! THE STUDIOS LIED TO ME!!!! I TRUSTED THEM ALL THESE DAYS TO TELL ME WHAT THE GOOD FILMS WOULD BE!!! AND WHAT WOULD BE THE MAMMOTH BLOCKBUSTERS!!!! AND THEY LIED TO ME!!! I DON'T KNOW WHERE TO TURN NOW!!! I MIGHT AS WELL JUST SEE WHATEVER I WANT, AND STOP TURSTING THEM FOR ALL MY TASTES!!!!...And thus, Entertainment Tonight lied to me too! - - - George, The 7th Chicken!!!!

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 8:32 a.m. CST

    Can't wait!

    by Karl Childers

    They should sell you the DVD when you leave the theaters...

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 9:15 a.m. CST

    Boundin'

    by Beat Royale

    Saw Boundin' when I was at the Studio Ghibli museum in Tokyo as part of their Pixar exhibition. It was in Japanese, but I still got the story...but it was absolute crap. The character design was horrible, the plot and music were dull and it just lacked the charm of the likes of For the Birds. Indeed, it was just vulgar, vulgar, vulgar!

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 9:22 a.m. CST

    can't wait!

    by PullMyFinger

    bring on november!

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 11:05 a.m. CST

    Holy...

    by trojanwilliams

    SPOILERS Batman!! When did reviews turn in to shot by shot descriptions of the film. That first review while very positive was also a SPOILER minefield. THANKS FOR RUINING EVERYTHING ASS! I HOPE YOU GET TOE CANCER!*stomps-off*

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 11:22 a.m. CST

    Is it just me...?

    by Clonetrooper

    Or did the first reviewer totally get Gilbret Gottfried confused with Wallace Shawn?

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 12:05 p.m. CST

    If you think Bug's Life ranks above

    by jimmy_009

    ...Monsters and Nemo then your opinion is not credible. Those last two are far superior to Bug's Life.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 12:49 p.m. CST

    PLANT!...

    by Randfilms

    Sounds good. But sounds self-serving too.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 1:26 p.m. CST

    Edna

    by Peter Venkman

    Maybe she comes across good in the movie, but in the trailer, she's annoying and we don't get the joke because we haven't seen the rest of the movie. She takes up too much time in the trailer and it falls flat. Too much of a vanity thing for Brad Bird. That being said, I can't wait to see this. I love Pixar.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 1:52 p.m. CST

    Plant?

    by ewokstew

    A plant for a Pixar film? Not really needed. Put the name Pixar in front of it and families will stream to it by the millions.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 1:54 p.m. CST

    I saw it too!

    by 33.3rpm

    And somehow JASON LEE got left out of the reviews here. He plays the villan SYNDROME and he's an absolute riot! Syndrome is a seriously fucked up character...like his mental damage is almost too real. The movie is killer. What a blast.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 2:57 p.m. CST

    I rank Bug's Life above Monsters

    by Gheorghe Zamfir

    Not Nemo though, but I thought Monsters was terribly overrated, and Bug's Life was terribly underrated.

  • Every boy knows that ants would kick the shit out of and eat grasshoppers without even thinking about it. So, for A Bug's Life to have a conceit that grasshoppers can bully ants is just a disgrace and an insult to kids. I mean, yeah, they could do it and say it's artistic license, but it's just not elegant. I mean, someone can cast Paulie Shore as the new James Bond, but that wouldn't make it a good idea. [An ealier attempt to post failed, and so I don't *think* this post should be redundant.]

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 4:16 p.m. CST

    Bug's Life over Monsters Inc?

    by matrix69

    Zamfir is a moron. And yes, Antz was better than Bug's Life. The end.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 4:19 p.m. CST

    I hope the crap that Dreamworks spews will not adversely affect

    by cganimation

    It's amazing how Dreamworks keeps dumbing down their films and yet they rack it in. There is nothing classic about any Dreamworks animation films that will withstand the test of time, unlike Pixar.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 5:14 p.m. CST

    A Bug's Life...

    by Fat Chooch

    A thinly-veiled redeux of Seven Samaurai (or The Magnificent Seven). Not that this is a bad thing. For me, personally, it was the least enjoyable of the Pixar features. I've never seen Antz because I've never been able to get past the casting. I do think Monsters Inc was overrated, but only slightly. I enjoyed that more than I did Finding Nemo. And as for the talkbacker believing a reviewer confused Wallace Shawn with Gilbert Gottfried... how can you tell the difference? ;)

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 5:33 p.m. CST

    yeah I only saw a bug's life once...barely even remember it...

    by scrumdiddly

    and that second review is just a pile of bullshit

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 5:41 p.m. CST

    Where is the lost art of spoiler free reviews?

    by MrCere

    I wanted to read the reviews but I already have a good idea that this will be a film I will like so it wasn't worth it to spoil the film for me to hear some hack opinions. Do people feel the need to prove to us they actually saw the film? Lame.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 7:32 p.m. CST

    Two things:

    by Gilkuliehe

    Ok ONE: Yes, A BUG'S LIFE is the least excellent of all pixar films, being excellent still. And TWO: why the hell would you want to write a review of a film nobody as seen and put SPOILERS in it???? You DISLIKE movies so much you HAVE TO spread spoilers to ruin the fun of the rest? I mean, I can understand a spoiler-review of a film that's already outthere, but here??? Isn't a little "hey isn't cool I have the power to RUIN this film for you because I already saw it and you haven't" kinda thing? Whatever happened to opinions, impressions and that Bazin thing that "the role of the critic is to extend the impression of the work of art in the mind of the reader, NOT REPLACE IT". Yeah, incredibles looks amazing and it will rule. And thus, I have used the word THUS once again.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 7:34 p.m. CST

    Oh sorry McCere

    by Gilkuliehe

    You were already bitching about spoiler-reviews and I didn't have the courtesy to mention you. How rude. I apoligize.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 7:35 p.m. CST

    And sorry I called you McCere, MrCere.

    by Gilkuliehe

    Peace.

  • Oct. 8, 2004, 8:24 p.m. CST

    Ice Age is better than Monster's Inc

    by Logo Lou

    Like the other said, Monst'er Inc is very over-rated.

  • Oct. 9, 2004, 2:02 p.m. CST

    I hate to defend the WB (I'm still getting dry heaves from CATWO

    by FrankDrebin

    I don't know why people didn't go see it. No Disney logo in front of it? No funny animal sidekick? Beyonce didn't sing a hip-hop theme song? I mean Roger Ebert plugged the movie every week for months. Maybe the anti-gun message didn't sit too well with American audiences.

  • Oct. 9, 2004, 2:16 p.m. CST

    You had me at "Ken Adam"...

    by FrankDrebin

    Supposedly, the GOLDENEYE 2 video game due 11/15/04 lets you run amuck in the classic Bond lairs, including--YES!!!--Blofeld's Matsu volcano lair. (Trivia from one of the Bond dvd's: Ken Adam was the only German allowed to fly for the British during WW2.)

  • Oct. 9, 2004, 6:05 p.m. CST

    Na, na, na, not gonna have a good time

    by Stan the Bat

    Want to see Bill Cosby's career bottoming out so hard that it's impossible not to feel sorry for him- even if you don't remember the funny records he made before he got scary? Go to quicktime.com and watch the trailer for the... I can't say it. The Fat Albert movie.

  • Oct. 9, 2004, 9:01 p.m. CST

    Gilkuliehe - Peace indeed

    by MrCere

    Sadly, nobody will take the wisdom of writing spoiler free reviews to heart and do it. I think contributors are too worried about being called a 'plant' and thus they fill the need to ruin the movies.

  • Oct. 10, 2004, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Too true, eraser_x...

    by BurnHollywood

    Quick way to prove ants are worse than grasshoppers: Threaten to dump a jar of ants down you friend's pants versus a jar of grasshoppers...see which makes him less of a "friend" quicker...Guess PIXAR wanted to show how educated and worldly they were by referencing an Aesop's fable...wow, sure blew my uneducated mind...try not to be so "hip" guys, okay?

  • Oct. 10, 2004, 5:55 p.m. CST

    I love spoiler reviews...

    by Kiyone

    These days, I'll pretty much only bother to see a movie where, if I read all the so-called "spoilers", it only increases my anticipation of the film, because then I know it's truly worth seeing. On this site, if the "Spoiler" tag is there, the only people who complain about spoilers are the people with utter lack of discretion.

  • Oct. 11, 2004, 5:40 p.m. CST

    Sky captian fucking kicked ass. I'd love to see them make a seq

    by minderbinder

    And there is some doubt about actual budget numbers, there are rumors going around that it only cost around 40M, not 70. If that's the case, it certainly wouldn't be a flop.