It’s been 20 years since 1998, and you know what that means! Blog posts about films from 20 years ago / 1998! Eight-year-old Jon Negroni was too busy stuffing his face with Warheads (the candy, dummy) on multiple schoolyard dares, so he/me didn’t get a chance to litigate the Antz vs. A Bug’s Life debate…
Fan theories are both the best and the worst. Kind of like people! But you can’t say the same about Pixar’s WALL-E, a triumph of animated cinema about the overly capitalist dangers of mankind passively wreaking havoc on the environ—
From Animation World Network:
Incredibles 2 became just the seventh animated film to cross the $1 billion mark at the global box office. It is Disney’s fifth animated and 18th-ever billion-dollar release and joins Black Panther and Avengers: Infinity War as Disney’s third release to reach the $1 billion milestone this year.
Egregious success for Disney in 2018 aside, Pixar is now the first animated studio to release three films with $1 billion worldwide box office. And all three of these films are sequels: Toy Story 3, Finding Dory, and now Incredibles 2. And yet people wonder why Pixar continues to make sequels in the first place. Money speaks louder than critics, I suppose.
With the release of Incredibles 2, we decided to look back on the filmography of director Brad Bird, which proved to be fascinating, enlightening and exciting (for the most part). From The Iron Giant in 1999 all the way to Tomorrowland in 2015, we break down every Brad Bird directorial effort, and afterward we respond to some of your feedback and discuss Incredibles 2 in both a spoiler-free and spoiler-filled section. Enjoy!
Hosted by Sam Noland, Jason Read, and Anthony Battaglia!
Question For You: What is your favorite Brad Bird movie? Also, who is the best Pixar director?
I’ve commented on this topic a lot, particularly this week with the release of Incredibles 2, but Victor Luckerson seriously nails the rise of Pixar sequels with this piece on The Ringer.
This decade has been different. Pixar’s next 10 films included six sequels or prequels, among them the newly released Incredibles 2. Its next movie is Toy Story 4, an addendum to a conclusive trilogy that no one asked for. In addition to its two sequels, there has even been a Cars spinoff, Planes, which recalls the low-budget direct-to-video sequels Disney pumped out in the ’90s.
Special guest Skyler Shuler of The DCast joins the show this week to discuss Incredibles 2, the 20th Pixar film and sequel to Brad Bird’s original 2004 animated hit, The Incredibles. Well, Brad Bird is back again, and Incredibles 2 is already breaking box office records.
We began the episode with some quick Off-Topics, including news of John Lasseter’s official departure from Pixar and Disney at the end of 2018. If you’re interested in hearing about Bao, the new short film attached to Incredibles 2, you’ll hear our thoughts on that as well. We covered too many mini reviews to list out, but the main ones are probably Tag, Cloak & Dagger, Hearts Beat Loud, and Hotel Artemis.
Question for you: Is Incredibles 2 better than the original?
From my official review of Incredibles 2 on The Young Folks:
These are the clearest shortcomings of Incredibles 2, as it fails to be as strong an ensemble piece as The Incredibles, where every main character (even the villain) had a defined, cohesive arc. But in virtually every other respect, Incredibles 2 is just as wonderful, gorgeous, and thrilling as the first, to the point where most super fans of the original likely won’t care about these flaws.
Overall, I liked the movie. It even exceeded some of my expectations, particularly with some of the clever writing surrounding the infant Jack Jack and how he creatively factors into the super family’s heroic antics.