Incredibles, The (2004, USA) C-115m. SCOPE ** D: Brad Bird. Starring (the voices of) Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Dominique Louis, Teddy Newton, Elizabeth Pena, Brad Bird, John Ratzenberger. Pixar's follow-up to FINDING NEMO (2003) was an equally big box-office hit. A family of former superheroes, who live undercover (unhappily) in suburbia, are suddenly called back to action. Full of great animation and ideas, but story is pat and not really aimed at kids (remember SPY KIDS?) and film is really just one big orgy of destruction. It climaxes in the thrashing and wrecking of an entire city, which puts real acts of terrorism to shame. Still, it won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. Adults may enjoy the countless references to film classics.


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