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The Incredibles (2-Disc Collector's Edition) - animated DVD review
The Incredibles (2-Disc Collector's Edition) rated PG by the Motion Picture Association of America rating: 5 stars
Actors: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis
Director: Brad Bird   Studio: Disney Home Entertainment
DVD release: 15 March 2005   Runtime: 115 minutes (2 discs)
Format: Animated, Closed-captioned, Color, Widescreen, Dolby, NTSC
DVD Features: Subtitles (English), Audio Tracks (English, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX; French, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX; Spanish, Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), Commentary by: writer/director Brad Bird, producer John Walker & animators, exclusive short "Jack-Jack Attack," "Incredi-Blunders" bloopers and outtakes, Deleted scenes & alternate opening, Making of "The Incredibles" + 7 additional featurettes, Pixar short "Boundin'" w/ optional commentary by director Bud Luckey, "Who is Bud Luckey?" featurette, Top-secret NSA files on all the Supers, "Mr. Incredible & Pals" cartoon w/ optional commentary by Frozone & Mr. Incredible, "Vowellet" essay by Sarah Vowell (Violet), Introductions with Brad Bird

Talk about the perfect title. The Incrediblesin a word is - incredible! Pixar weaves its movie magic once again with this animated feature about a family of superheroes trying to lead a quiet suburban life when they are called into action to save the world. Bob Parr (voiced perfectly by Craig T. Nelson) used to be a superhero - until a massive wave of lawsuits against superheroes from the people they saved forced the government to put all superheroes into witness protection so they could lead seemingly normal, anonymous lives. Poor Bob now labors as an insurance claims specialist under a real jerky boss (aren't they all) and the company's unscrupulous, immoral practices.

Bob's wife and three kids all deal with their own issues pertaining to their superpowers and their desire to fit in: wife Helen/Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), daughter Violet (Sarah Vowell), son Dash (Spencer Fox), and baby Jack Jack. While Helen struggles to keep a normal household and the kids want to try out their superpowers, Bob, fed up with his job, takes an offer to be a superhero once more. But this opportunity is a trap set by an old nemesis who would love nothing more than to destroy Mr. Incredible. The family is forced to reveal their identities in an effort to save their dad and innocent bystanders.

With a run time of a hair under two hours, The Incrediblesis action-packed from start to finish with heaps of entertainment for everyone in the family. The movie's PG rating, instead of G, owes to darker themes and the specter of possible divorce. But it's still a great film for all, especially for parents who take their kids to the theater. The two-disc DVD set comes with a load of extras: bloopers and outtakes, a mini-film, deleted scenes with an alternate opening, making of featurette, and so much more. The look and feel of the movie is amazing, and the score fits in nicely as well. Though the genre of animated films lately has become formulaic, The Incredibles breaks the mold of stale and predictable, creating a genuine classic filled with wit and humor that will tickle the kids - and the kid inside us all - for generations to come. One of the best animated family films of all time.
reviewed by Bobby Blades
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