Last week Disney provided hotel and transportation to LS so we could attend The Incedibles 2 Press Junket. During the press junket we were able to sit down and talk to THE Mr. and Mrs. Incredibles, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Holly Hunter is an amazing actress and this is going to sound silly, but we feel slightly connected to her because she was in a TV movie/mini-series years ago called Roe-V-Wade. And if you’ve been following our site for a while then you also know that my daughter was recently in a play called Roe. In my daughter’s play, one of the actors dressed up as Holly Hunter who won an Emmy for her portrayal of Norma McCorvey. I was dying to ask her a question about it but couldn’t figure out how to tie it into The Incredibles 2 which is what this blog post is supposed to be about anyway, so let’s get back to that.
Both Holly Hunter and Craig T. Nelson said they were excited to do the sequel. Craig, Craig mentioned that after 14 years he couldn’t wait to find out how different it was going to be. He was interested in finding out what direction they were going to go. He said his only concern was if he could do it?
“I wasn’t sure if I could do it vocally, you know? Because I’d been doing Parenthood and Zeek had a different quality- a different vocal quality, so that meant I was- kind of the trepidation nerve for me and anxiety.,…we never saw the script; Brad kind of laid out the idea which was great, you know? I sounded like it was gonna be fun.
They are both fans of the Franchise and loved how The Incredibles 2 starts right at the end of Incredibles 1. Holly said it was funny and delightful.
I thought that it was quite amusing that the movie would pick out literally, like, fifteen seconds after the first movie. That was just so funny to me, and a completely and impossible thing to do in regular film, which Craig and I, that’s what we normally do is television and films. So this- that the, the ability of animation to do that was just so delightful.”
They also talked about how much they like working with Brad Bird. They said he’s easy to work with and they they trust his choices. They even said this isn’t a Pixar film it’s a Brad Bird film. Holly said, “And he’s somebody that both of just inherently trust.” She also went on to talk about how Brad chooses his actors for these characters. He doesn’t just pick actors that are hot right now. He has an idea of what he wants each character to sound like and how they should sound together.
One of the themes in the movie is about women empowerment. The role reversal of the stay at home parent is prevalent as Helen, Mrs. Incredibles goes out and gets a job, leaving Bob at home to watch the kids. Brad Bird always meant for this to be part of the storyline and it’s just coincidence that it coincides with the Me Too movement. Holly spoke about this just a little.
Well, I think that’s a little serendipitous, you know, that the Me Too, coincides with the opening of this movie where that is- but that’s an element, like I said……… totally by coincidence. And at the same time, it is in the air. I mean, it’s in the cultural, you know, environment that I guess we’re all breathing….which is a great thing, especially for kids to see this movie, not just little girls but, but boys, too. It’s great for everybody to see what men and women are capable of, that men are capable of being fantastic, nurturing parents. And as, as we all know this. I mean, this is not new for us, but it’s still great to see this, this exploration both for our characters.
And it’s fantastic and delightful to see Elastigirl living up to this gift that she has without any apology. She just is going for, and losing herself in it, which is a beautiful thing. I think also for mothers, it’s great for a mother to be able to be fully engaged in something that has nothing to do with parenting, and I think that that’s difficult for all of us to actually give ourselves license to just go that, that deeply.
And when you watch the movie you’ll see how Bob learns a lot about himself as a father while he is the stay at home dad.
These guys both have quite the distinctive voices; the kind of voice that would stick out in a crowd. So when they don’t want to be recognized they don’t speak. Craig said so many people look at him and they can’t quite place him. He said he’s tired of being asked, “Did I go to high school with you”?”
We also ended up talking about math of all things. There is a line in the movie where Bob is trying to help Dash do his math homework. And he says, Math is Math. All parents can get a kick out of this because Common Core is so hard for parents to understand. But what makes me laugh is that in the movie it’s “new math”. I remember my grandmother telling me about “new math”. So it’s not a new thing.
Another thing you’ll notice about The Incredibles as a family is that they are engaged. Craig talked about his family and how he has to ask his grandkids to look at him. And it drives him crazy that in restaurants families aren’t looking at each other. They are all on their devices and that the beauty of this film is that no one is doing that. The Parr family are all engaged with each other. You can see this family in action in theaters June 15th.
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Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018.