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Incredibles Director Brainstorming Sequel Ideas

The Incredibles was one Pixar movie that really appealed to my particular asthetics. As a big superhero fan, watching a fun-loving family use their superpowers to hilarious results was just plain swell. It didn’t do too shabby at the box office either, it’s the fourth most successful Pixar film, so where is our sequel? Director Brad Bird explains. 

Bird, who is also directing the upcoming Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, spoke with about the holdup. “To say that I’ve had trouble [coming up with a story] is to say that [a sequel] has been my pursuit,” he told them. “I haven’t really been pursuing that.” That being said, the director explained Pixar would like him to direct another Incredibles. “I’ve told them that I’m not really friendly to have someone else take away my child.”

“I would like to think that I have several good ideas that could be incorporated into a next Incredibles, but I don’t have a whole movie yet, and the last thing I want to do is do it just because it would open big, or something like that.,” he said. “I want to do it because I have something that will be as good or better than the original. Toy Story 2 was, to me, a perfect sequel, because it absolutely respected the first film but found new places to go without selling out its characters. So if I could come up with an idea that is to Incredibles that Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story, I would do it in a second.”

Pixar has only done a few sequels to their animated features, most recently Cars 2 and will be releasing a prequel to Monsters Inc., Monsters University next year. After Mission Impossible, Bird will be working on a film called 1906 based around the famous San Francisco earthquake.

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  • JohnByrneSaidWhat?

    It shocks my friends when I tell them this and to be honest, it even shocks me… I was not a fan of The Incredibles. It’s certainly not a bad movie. It has some parts I quite like even. Yet I’ve only ever watched it twice and don’t have much of a desire for a sequel. If they do make another I may have to give it another try and see if my tastes have changed over the years.

  • The Lewd Ood

    Yeah, I feel ya, actually.  I think the end really killed it for me.

    SPOILER (in case you still haven’t seen it by now)

    I just don’t get why Pixar is fixated on killing off the bad guys in their animated flicks.  It’s like a running joke at this point, almost like they’re just mocking (or trying to mimic) the rest of pop culture where the only ending for the bad guy is a grisly death.  Is it too much to ask of a kids movie that the villain goes to jail, or learns the error of his way and reforms?  You’d think the ability to use the character again in a sequel would be worth it alone

  • monkeyrotica

    Dude. Elastigirl is HOT.

  • Anonymous

    Most animated movie villains die.  Wring out your crying towel and move on.

  • Francesca M

    Hey we all have different tastes. I love the Incredibles. Its great. However I shock the hell out of all my Browncoat friends when I tell them how much I hate Serenity. Loved Firefly, HATED Serenity. I almost walked out of it I hated it so much. 

  • Katie

    I actually don’t know ANY Browncoats that like Serenity, except for a few that got into Firefly after seeing Serenity in the theater. Joss Whedon honestly has an issue with endings… You don’t have to kill everyone to end something.

  • Francesca M

    It was the Wash moment at the end. Yes. >_> And no seriously all my browncoat friends were all over it.. they went out of their way to see previews etc. I was treated to ‘I am a leaf on the wind’ quotes for freaking weeks before i actually got to see the movie.

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  • Frodo Baggins

    As grisly deaths go, getting one’s cape stuck in an airplane engine as a callback to a throwaway joke is pretty hilarious.

  • Frodo Baggins

    “So if I could come up with an idea that is to Incrediblesthat Toy Story 2 is to Toy Story, I would do it in a second.”

    Note that he didn’t mention Cars 2.

  • kalsangikid

    This is the same reason I was a little shocked by “The Incredibles” when I first watched it. I didn’t have to wait till the ending to feel disappointed, either; when nameless henchmen started dying in big explosions without so much as a wince by the “heroes,” I felt really bad. Call me a softie, but I kind of expected them to fall screaming into the water but still be alive.

  • The Lewd Ood

    Exactly.  I know Disney would kill off the wicked witches and what-not (usually asa  result of their magic backfiring or something, or they’re already hundreds of years old), but I dunno, it just feels strange that on one end of the animated spectrum you have Looney Tunes type violence where coyotes get blown up and ducks get shot and there’s no lasting effects and then Pixar-type gruesome deaths.  I think there’s a whole lotta middle ground there that can be explored.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love me some indiscriminate violence and death, but I think kids movies should’nt be the place for it.  I mean, if you’re gonna be killing people off, why not show some boob every now and then, too?  Same difference, when you think about it.

  • Kaarel Jakobson

    Brad Bird has been working on 1906 for a long time now, hasn’t he? In fact, I’d dare say it’s in development hell.

  • Kimberly

    Because for the most part any hint of sexuality will set off the Parental Radar much more than violence.

    Cartoons have had a pretty rich history of violence, as you pointed out, and I’ve never seen a Pixar movie where it’s gone beyond that. There weren’t bloody chunks all over the place afterwards, after all.

    Movie ratings are getting progressively more mature, PG-13 doesn’t mean nearly what it did when I was a kid.

  • Kimberly

    All of my friends that liked Firefly loved Serenity too, to be honest.

  • Heidi Mason

    I’m not a fan of sequels by Disney in general. I think Disney (note: not Pixar) forced the Cars sequel too much, hence the lack of good story in it. Now, sequels by PIXAR is another story (i.e. Toy Story 2 and Toy Story 3). I hope Brad Bird stands firm and denies any possible sequel to Incredibles unless he has full control over it and the plot. Otherwise, I’m perfectly happy for The Incredibles to stand alone.

  • Emily Hill

    If we hadn’t seen buddy die in the first movie I suggest doing a sequel around the trial and stuff

  • Anonymous

    Did buddy really die?  Really, he has all these great gadgets and we didn’t actually see him get sucked into the engine.  I think he could have used his new and improved jet boots and gotten away… and then he’d be back for the second movie.