Incredibles are here to Stay-- Move over Superman
of months ago my husband asked me if I wanted to take the
children to see a film called "The Incredibles".
I had no idea what it was about except that it was an animated
film produced by Pixar Animations, the same people who created
films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc. and Finding Nemo.
That was a good enough reason for me to say "yes".
I was sure the children would love it, I knew I would! Having
put the phone down I wrote it into my mental diary and as
often happens with mental diaries, promptly forgot about
it until a week before we were supposed to go. Of course
the reminders came from my spouse and children to make sure
I didn't double book anything on the day. As you may be
aware of, mental diaries can develop glitches every now
and then. By this stage there had been quite a lot of publicity
surrounding the film and obviously the word on the school
playground was that it was a definite must see. So the kids
were all the more excited to watch it.
been invited to the premiere of the film and with each of
the invitations came a black eye mask, similar to the ones
worn by the "The Incredibles". It also stated
that the masks should be worn at the premiere. Hmm, not
so sure about that though! We were supposed to arrive an
hour earlier than the actual show time as there were certain
activities organised in the foyer for all the children.
We arrived at the Empire Leicester Square with our invitations
and eye masks although I desisted from wearing my one and
hoped they would not notice my lack of eye wear. However,
what we had not anticipated was having to walk down a red
carpet to the cinema with barricades on both sides with
hundreds of fans on the other side looking excitedly on
as they awaited for the arrival of Samuel L. Jackson (Frozone),
Holly Hunter (Elastagirl) and a whole list of other celebrities.
As we walked towards the entrance we could see people looking
perplexed, probably wondering who on earth we were and whether
they should recognise us from some TV show or film. My husband
tried to look invisible and had his gaze fixed on the entrance
of the cinema hall and I had this ridiculous and utterly
childish desire to wave at the crowds of people and confuse
them even more but I thought that my children might never
forgive me for my warped sense of humour!
entered the foyer we were surrounded by face painters, people
taking photographs of families pretending to be the Incredibles
i.e. putting their heads into cut out pictures of The Incredible
Family, areas where the girls could have coloured hairpieces
braided onto their hair, fake scars being painted on that
actually looked distressingly real and a whole array of
other activities. My youngest decided to have her face painted
like Violet and a multi coloured hairpiece tied in her hair
which made her look like she had walked straight off the
set of The Incredibles, except for the fact that 'The Incredibles'
is an animated film and therefore they probably didn't have
any sets… but I think I am digressing at this point!
Soon we were ushered into the theatre and the children were
pleasantly surprised to find a little goodie bag on their
seats with a few items of memorabilia in them. In fact they
even provided everyone with a little box containing a drink
and snacks to keep them going through the film. After a
brief speech from both Samuel L. Jackson and Holly Hunter,
we were immersed into darkness and for almost two hours
were oblivious to anything around us except the images on
the big screen.
Incredibles" follows the adventures of a family of
former superheroes who were once one of the world's top
masked crime fighters. Bob Parr (aka Mr Incredible voice
by Craig T Nelson) fought evil and saved lives on a daily
basis. But fifteen years later, he and his wife Helen, a
famous former superhero in her own right have been forced
to take on civilian identities and enter a government witness
protection programme and retreat to the suburbs due to a
surge of lawsuits against them submitted by the people they
have saved. Today they live as Mr. and Mrs. Average Joe
next door and lead all-too-ordinary lives with their children
Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack who go out of their way to appear
"normal." Nowadays as a clock-punching insurance
man, the only thing Mr. Incredible fights these days is
boredom and an ever expanding waistline. Yearning for action
and desperate to recreate his glory days, the sidelined
superhero gets his chance when a mysterious communiqué
summons him to a remote island for a top-secret mission.
However, when Bob goes missing, his family is forced into
action and has to pool their resources together to rescue
Bob and also save the fate of the world in the process.
animation is a visual feast from beginning to end, with
amazing action sequences, perfect comic timing, and even
drawing on real human emotions. It also incorporates different
genres, such as sci-fi movies, comic-book superheroes and
James Bond films. All in all, it is a film that appeals
to both adults and children. As we left the hall, the children
could not stop chattering happily about the film and even
my husband and I could not help but join in their animated
conversation. Subsequently I have had to remind my children
on numerous occasions that I am not Elastagirl and therefore
cannot reach the jar of biscuits in the kitchen while sitting
in the study!!
(R) thedailystar.net 2004