Monday, February 16, 2009

The incredibles, and Brad Bird's philosophy

I love the Incredibles, but was always somewhat confused about it's message. The evil villains long term plan was... to make everyone special? Confusing. This article sums up a lot of my thoughts on his philosophy. I still love the film, and always will, it's a brilliantly constructed piece of work, with some amazing set pieces as well as brilliantly defined characters. I'm just not sure I'll agree with it's message.


At 11:48 pm, Blogger Kirbie said...

Well I can only remember The Incredibles and I've never seen Ratatouille so don't think I can judge from one movie.
But doesn't every film essentially do this?

There's always the protagonist/s who is/are "special" in relation to the other cast - usually taking the form of them being particularly good at something or less often coming off worse than everyone else. If anything wasn't The Incredibles more about the "system" holding people back.

I think Syndrome proves that you don't have to have powers to begin with to become successful - even if he is the villain. His plan made sense to me - he wanted power - he got it - once he's had his fun he gets even richer while getting revenge on those who rejected him. So I think it shows that both side was actually flawed.

P.S. Did you know that Brad Bird was apparently the voice of Edna? I just discovered this!

At 10:24 am, Blogger Mr K said...

That's new to me too! Thats quite awesome.


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