“Incredibles 2” Press Conference: 6 Things We’ve Learned
In attendance at the conference were Director and Writer Brad Bird, Craig T. Nelson, Sarah Vowell, SophiaBush, Samuel L. Jackson, Producer Nicole Grindle, Huck Milner, Catherine Keener, Bob Odenkirk and Producer John Walker and Holly Hunter.
When first working on the film, Bob Odenkirk’s character wasn’t as nice but became nicer as the creative process went on. On this topic, Bob said, “I loved it. I loved that he became more genuine. We don’t know. I’m not going to give away where he ends up. But when he starts, he’s exuberant and excited. And as he goes, you start to see an innocence to him that is I think is a real twist and surprising. But where it ends up I won’t say. ”
Over the last few years, Brad has been developing the story and it has changed in a few ways. He said, “it’s been half this, two thirds this. The idea of the role switch, that the assignment would go to Helen rather than Bob I had when we were promoting the first film. And I also knew that I had the unexploded bomb of Jack-Jack’s powers, that the audience knew that he had them, but the Parrs did not. And I had other notions that I just wanted to see an Incredibles movie and some things like the raccoon fight that were originally done for the first movie and there was no place for it and I loved the idea. But the superhero part, the villain part, it always seemed to change. And when I came to Pixar and said I think I have the other part of the story figured out, the version that got green lit, about four months that we got green lit, it got… John and Nicole came on. And we got a crew. And we started spending money and got a release date. And then the release date got moved up a year. And suddenly the pressure is huge. And that plot doesn’t work. And now I’m screwed because I have a release date and everybody is going Incredibles 2, Incredibles 2. And we were working on Incredibles 2. You know what you’re doing, right? You know what you’re doing, right, right? And I’m like yeah. I know what I’m doing.”
Brad Bird immediately banned three-point landings, also known as the superhero landing after the slew of superhero films before Incredibles 2. Brad goes on to say, “yeah. I just said no. We’re not doing it on this film. Helen did it once in the first film. It’s not cool anymore. We’re not doing it… There are too many superhero movies now. Are people going to be just sick of this in two years? And I went, just what I want to happen, I arrive on the scene, anybody ready for some fresh superheroes? And everybody is like oh. Blah. And so I had a dark moment. Then I realized that what excited me about the idea in the first place was not the superheroes. It was that it was about the family dynamic. And people’s roles in different parts of their lives and how superheroes, that genre is like a twisted lemon that you squeeze on top of this. It’s not what the movie is about. And then I got excited again. Because to me, families are kind of a continent of fresh opportunities. Because it’s so universal. And so I got excited again when I thought about it that way. And that was really what excited me about the first movie.”
Kids don’t buy the actors as the real superheroes in the film. Sophia Bush tells a story, “one of my best friends told her little daughter Anderson that I was going to be in this movie. And she took a video when she told her thinking she would be like, that’s so cool. And she goes, mommy, that’s not true. She goes, no, Andy, really, Sophia is going to be a superhero in the movie. And she goes, mommy, she doesn’t have all the things a superhero needs. She just was not having it. I was like well, okay, ego checked. Got it. Cool. Thanks.”
Brad has rules about what characters should be watching in his animated films. “Well, one of my personal rules in an animated film is that if they’re watching something on TV, it should be animated. So the soundtrack of the old movie is an actual soundtrack from an old movie that we found that was perfect. And we animated to it. And Johnny Quest is an animated show. So it fit into the universe. And it’s the style of the film. It’s that kind of action adventure style from the early 60s. So it fits with our film. Outer Limits, we only used the beginning of it because it’s still abstract.”
Sophia Bush is a big Pixar fan. She talks about working with the other filmmakers. “One of the things that I just think is so cool about the whole thing is the layering of all the technology that makes these films look to all of us the way they look in Brad’s head. It’s wild to see the early stages of animation and to watch some of the scenes and then see what they become in the final edit. And it’s also totally nuts to go into the studio. I know that technically I’m talking to Holly. But she’s not there. It’s like me and Brad. And I’m just yelling into a void going am I doing this right?”