After a 14 year break, The Incredibles family is finally back! This past Sunday before the movie’s release, the cast and creators of the film held a press conference in Hollywood to talk about the film, and what it was like coming back after such a long time. The panel featured director Brad Bird, producers Nicole Grindle and John Walker, Craig T. Nelson (Bob/Mr. Incredible), Holly Hunter (Helen/Elastigirl), Samuel L. Jackson (Lucius/Frozone), Sarah Vowell (Violet), Huck Milner (Dash), Sophia Bush (Voyd), Bob Odenkirk (Winston Deavor) and Catherine Keener (Evelyn Deavor).
We also got a look at some amazing Incredibles 2 merchandise! Check out the gallery below:
Before movie audiences are reunited with the Parr family in The Incredibles 2, they will be treated to a hilarious and heartwarming short film from, 28-year-old, Domee Shi.
In Bao, an aging Chinese mom suffering from empty nest syndrome, gets another chance at motherhood when one of her dumplings springs to life as a lively, giggly dumpling boy. Mom excitedly welcomes this new bundle of joy into her life, but Dumpling starts growing up fast, and Mom must come to the bittersweet revelation that nothing stays cute and small forever.
We have a lot more coverage on Bao coming soon!
The panel began with the cast discussing the long gap between the first film and the second.
Brad Bird revealed why he chose to pick up from the last scene in The Incredibles,
Brad Bird: I just thought it was kind of bold and weird because people take the time that passes very literally and they think that linearly the characters should have aged. But their age and their superpowers don’t reflect the part of life that they’re in and their role in the family.
Nicole Grindle: Honestly, the technology has allowed us to make the film look more like what Brad intended it to look like the first time. The characters are much more finely nuanced and developed, we were able to build a lot more sets more quickly, we’ve populated the world with a lot more characters that have hair and clothing, and that’s stuff that most of y’all don’t notice, but actually it makes the world richer and more alive.
Huck Milner talked about his first experience with The Incredibles, which was released before he was born.
Huck Milner: I saw the first movie when I was like five because my dad showed me it because he really loved the first one and I really loved it, too. My favorite character was Dash. And when I got the audition I was watching over and over again, and when my mom got sick of it, I used the audition as an excuse to watch it again.
The panel also discussed how the film deals with the role reversal from The Incredibles that puts Elastigirl in front of the action, while Mr. Incredible takes care of the family.
Holly Hunter: It was a while before I truly realized what I was really going to get to do in the movie, and I was really thrilled…. It’s character revelation period, everyone is having character revelations including Jack-Jack.
Craig T. Nelson: I was resentful when I was told where Mr. Incredible was supposed to be in this film…. And then I found out that I’m going to be helping to save the family: Bob’s going to learn how to be a dad, and he’s going to learn about these kids. And then the process started when we were recording, and it was just so much fun…. Having to deal with Elastigirl out there doing what I want to do, being able to give her the encouragement that everything’s okay at home…. I’m just so honored to be doing this film.
Watch the full press conference below!
Many thanks to Disney for inviting GOC to have an amazingly unforgettable time at The Incredibles 2 press junket! Be sure to watch The Incredibles 2 when the super heroic family hits theaters this Friday!