If you love Pixar and superheroes with equal gusto, then here’s betting you’re pretty darn stoked about Incredibles 2 dropping this summer. Well, if that’s the case, then you’ll be happy to hear a few of the early reactions to some Act 1 preview footage.
A few weeks back, Pixar Animation invited select reporters (including SYFY WIRE) to their campus in Emeryville, California, for a sneak peak at the first 22 minutes, as well as some additional footage of the upcoming sequel to the 2004 smash hit. While it’s unlikely anyone’s going to speak ill of the experience and risk not getting invited back, it’s also unlikely Pixar would wait 14 years to put out an inferior product. Judging from the early reactions, this one will be worth the wait.
Here’s a brief summation of the early footage screened, as well as a few early reactions, but be wary if you want to go into the theater completely unspoiled, because Act 1 plot points are revealed below.
SPOILER WARNING: Incredibles 2 first act liberally discussed below!
The general consensus seems to be that you’ll want to rewatch the original film before heading into this one, as the action kicks off right where the last one ended. But for a brief refresher, you can watch the clip below…
The sequel starts with nefarious superhero-relocating agent Rick Decker (Jonathan Banks) interviewing Tony, the teenager that Violet (Sarah Vowell) had a crush on in the first film, specifically inquiring about the moment the Underminer surfaced.
You remember the Underminer, right? The giant drill-bit-riding villain (voiced by everyone’s favorite postman and Pixar vocal go-to John Ratzenberger) who had just broken ground after Dash’s (newcomer Huck Milner) track meet (at which Violet landed a date with Tony). The sequel then goes on to show that confrontation, with a little family bonding, Incredibles style, as they battle the Underminer all around and below Municiberg, with a little help from Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson). Alas, the villain gets away, and the city is in shambles.
And apparently, it looked… well, incredible. According to ScreenRant: “with 14 years of advancements in computer animation, the city of Municiberg and the actions of this superhero family look positively astounding. If you go back and look at The Incredibles, the animation feels like it’s still a couple renders from being ready for the big screen. But that’s just how much animation has advanced in 14 years.”
All that damage causes the Supers program to remain shut down, even after the Incredibles came out of hiding to defeat Syndrome and his robot. But sibling entrepreneurs Winston (Bob Odenkirk) and Evelyn Deavor (Catherine Keener) have a plan to repair the Supers' good name and overturn the law that bans them: syncing new super suits up with body cams and making Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) the face of the franchise. Which means Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson) is going to have to stay home with the kids, which raises its own super set of difficulties.
With the new backing, the Parr family gets to move into an ultra-modern house, fit for a family of superheroes, and they also get some new toys, including Elastigirl’s Elasticycle. According to Coming Soon, “The coolest thing about this bike is, at the flip of a switch, it can separate at the middle into two halves, one wheel on each, so Helen can stretch. This allows for some very cool moments as she leaps through and over buildings on the bike."
Sure, it’s just the very beginning, and the Pixar team still has work to do before finishing the final product that gets delivered in a couple of months, but that didn’t stop /Film from making this bold claim: “Judging by the footage shown to us at Pixar Animation, this is exactly the kind of sequel fans have wanted to see for years. This doesn’t feel like a cash grab sequel, especially since it’s been 14 years since the first film came out anyway. Instead, it feels like the natural continuation of a story that always felt like there was more to be told, even beyond the obvious cliffhanger from the first movie. Pixar has improved upon their remarkable first film in every way, including the evolution of the all-important family dynamic at the center of this stylish adventure.”
Incredibles 2 opens June 15. Will you be watching?