The Incredibles

Warning: slight spoiler ahead. Don't read this if that bothers you.

Yesterday was movie day for the Burridge family. We seem to have a traditional Disney/Pixar movie ritual. Hear about next Pixar movie from a preview for the last one. Wait patiently for it to appear in a theatre. Go see it. Love it. Wait for the DVD to come out. Buy it. And around we go again. This was no exception.

Even though it's been out two weeks, it's still pulling in big crowds. We Fandango'ed and went to the first performance at 11:15am in Mountain View and it was still very busy. (Pssst, the next movie from Pixar will be Cars, with a vocal role for Paul Newman, about this time next year).

The Incredibles movie lived up to all the hype that I'd previously heard. It's sort of an animated cross between an Arnold Schwarzenegger action movie, a James Bond movie, an X-Men movie, with parts that will remind you of Star Wars, Indiana Jones and computer games like Riven, the sequel to Myst. TheMovieBox.net has a good synopsis. The director and screenwriter (and fashion designer to our heroes) is Brad Bird, who also did The Iron Giant another of my all-time animated favorites.

The action is almost non-stop. The film's not over when you think it's over. The story line and humor are as clever as usual. The plot is well developed. And let'd not forget the wonderful graphics which almost goes without saying.

I really liked how the super heroes try desparately to lead normal lives, but it's just not working. My favorite scene would be where Elastigirl was stretched to her limits (two rooms, a corridor and an elevator by my count).

I'm sure there is a web site out there somewhere that will soon by listing all the other movies that were spoofed. I'll need to see this a few more times to recognize them all. My favorite spoof scene (at the moment), was watching the baby morph into the Hellboy baby need the end of the movie.

And there are still two more new animated movies in the theatres that we want to see; The Polar Express and Spongebob. It's going to be a busy Thanksgiving period.

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