- We got to see and hear Josh Gad perform a song from Olaf’s Frozen Adventure.
- Jokes about Frozen 2 title with Kristen Bell. Not much else but a few clips of the crew’s research trip sadly
- Wreck it Ralph Break the Internet brought out Sarah Silverman to explain the new plot and an exclusive scene featuring the Disney Princesses hanging out with Vanellope von Schweetz. WHICH WAS AMAZING and they got most of the original Princess voice actors. Most of which they brought on stage. Aaaannnnd a new character named Yesss voiced by Taraji P Henson.
- Incredibles 2 we got to see the new character models as well as meet the returning voice cast. Especially Samuel L Jackson and the new voice actor of Dash. They had a rough rough scene to show us about Jack Jack vs a Racoon that showcased some of his powers. Also Bob/Mr Incredible figuring out he has powers. The Parr family has a swanky new house and this movie should put Elastic Girl/ Helen in the forefront while Bob stays at home with the kids.
- We got to see a new untitled project that Pixar is working on that is fantasy and suburban. It follows two teenagers (non human) as they try to get one last day with their father. It’s a modern day fairy tale in a sense that it’s a magical fantasy world with fairies and elves and unicorns but magic is hard and outdated. The ideal is really cool and the concept art amazing.
- Toy Story 4 is coming next year and that John Lasseter is stepping down from directing and just being an executive producer. We got a tour of Pixar and the team working on the movie, plus a few quick peaks at some toys.
- Finally we got to see some extended scenes of Coco. It looks beautiful. We learned Miguel needs his blessing from his family to go back but he won’t go until he gets their blessing to do music. Then we got a musical performance with the cast and dancers. It was big and fun.
The Incredibles 2: Another Missed Opportunity by Pixar
If you haven’t heard, Pixar is apparently setting the Incredibles 2 right after the end of the first movie. This actually sounds like a mistake, because the Baby Boomers this movie appealed to when it came out… fucking christ, 13 years ago, those people are not the ones paying to go see this movie. Its their kids, who are now pushing 30 and have their own kids, both of who will not be able to relate to the nuclear family dynamic portrayed in the incredible. Bob will be struggling to relive the “Good ol'days” when he had purpose, Helen will still be a housewife with three kids who doesn’t work and is somehow able to afford a pretty nice house in the burbs. You know how many people that story is going to connect with? Basically no one going to see the movie. So here is my alternate pitch:
13 years after the end of the Incredibles, our story centers around Violet and Dash. Violet is the lead of our story, she’s now 27, living in a crappy apartment she can barely afford even with 2 roommates; working in the city for Amazon after the retail store she worked at closed down, and still not getting much use out of her Bio-Science degree. She goes super heroing in the evenings with her roommates and any other Supers who’ve come out of hiding (most of them are close to her age) and on the weekends when she actually has a few spare minutes to herself, and while she loves it she just doesn’t have the time to put into it like her parents did. One night on patrol she comes across an armed robber who is able to spot her while invisible and push her away with a zero-point energy device. She tries to chase him down but is defeated by his gang all of whom sport similar weapons. That night she returns home thinking of what she just saw.
Meanwhile Dash is 19 and in college, but home for the summer with Helen, Bob, and Jack Jack who is now a super hormonal, but ultimately well meaning teenage boy, who we don’t see much of for the movie, as he actually has a pretty active social life outside the home. Dash was on the track team in college, but is on academic probation for failure to maintain good grades. Despite this setback Bob still treats him like the favorite kid because Jack is going out and heroing every chance he gets… but its pretty clear he has a lot of anxiety problems and is using hero work to literally run-away from his issues and impress his dad. He has a wide circle of new Supers he works with, but he wouldn’t really call any of them his friends.
Helen and Bob are still happily married, if a bit torn when it comes to their kids. Both Helen and Bob are overly critical of Violet, who Bob thinks is shirking her legacy, while Helen thinks she needs to find a boyfriend, and both occasionally say preachy/snide comments about how she isn’t doing anything with her degree or her powers, with Bob’s picking turning into outright rants about how her generation are lazy and entitled, and asking why she can’t be more like Dash, which gets on Helen’s nerves and the whole family (save Jack-Jack who had the good sense to leave early in the meal) get into a huge fight.
After the fight Violet leaves to walk around their old neighborhood only for Dash to catch up to here and the two have a nice talk about their mutual admiration for each-other and sharing their personal insecurities and their mutual insecurity about wanting to be their own heros, but still wanting to live up to their parents’. At the same time we see Bob and Helen talking after the fight, Bob is still a little frustrated with his kids, but Helen pushes him to admit that he’s just projecting his fears onto the kids because they don’t know how much longer they can afford to keep their house. Linda is working as a secretary because that’s the only job a home-maker of 18 years could find, but its nowhere near enough to keep the house. Bob isn’t super-heroing all that much anymore either, Super Strength or not, the years have not been kind. He’s visibly slower, stiffer, and his joints obviously hurt a lot from renewed hero work in his 40s.
That night while the kids are away, a group sporting the same weapons Violet first encountered breaks into the Parr’s home and subdue’s them before Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack can stop them. The movie then follows the kids as they suit up to save their parents from what is revealed to be Syndrome’s old company. While their founder and chief inventor is long dead, the company itself has spent years using his inventions to become one of the most powerful conglomerates on the planet (make them like a version of SpaceX and Tesla if the company was run by Peter Thiel instead of Elon Musk). The current CEO of the company reveals himself to be Syndrome’s chief investor, original business partner and only real friend. It turns out that our villain has realized that Syndrome’s inventions were all attempts to recreate superpowers for normal people, and he’s now collecting super heros to reverse engineer their powers, citing how the biggest loss his company took was with the destruction of the Omnidroids and all their data.
Violet, Jack-Jack and Dash all rush to the company’s headquarters and while their first encounter is initially a success, Not-Thiel gets the drop on them with a zero-point energy weapon and soon realizes that Jack-Jack is the most valuable super of the bunch, as the rest of the Parr family are left to watch in horror, Jack Jack is taken to be studied and Not-Thiel decides to transfer the boy’s powers over to him in a kind of super-hero transfusion. By the time the Parrs break out, Not-Thiel is basically Fontaine from Bioshock, and Jack-Jack is left drained and near death. The family is only able to defeat Not-Thiel after a wave of new heros join the fight, having been called earlier by Violet during their escape. Thiel is ultimately brought down and the evil corporation is exposed and its assets are seized by the MiB/SHIELD organization we saw in the first movie. We close with Jack Jack having lost his powers, but using Syndrome’s old gear to return to hero-duty as an Iron-Man type. Violet returns to work having demonstrated her capabilities as a leader and uses her new found sense of agency to get a promotion. Dash has a heart to heart with his dad and steps away from hero work while in college. And Bob and Linda are able to buy a new home after a sizable settlement from Bob’s old insurance company, having retired from hero work and with a end-credits tease, having joined the SHIELD agency to find and train new Supers.
I promise I would scan in a few pages from Pixar Character Encyclopedia and I did! When they mean every character, they really mean every character. I will probably do scans of the rest of The Incredibles section, but for now have the Parr family. Click through to read the text