The Untold Truth of Pixar’s Incredibles
Yes, the concept of a family of superheroes would have seen “Fantastic 4” written all over it, and the notion of hidden superheroes that are forbidden no doubt owes a lot to “Watchmen,” doesn’t it?
Given its subject matter, one would assume that the creator of “The Incredibles” is a fan of comic books; This is not the case. Speaking to animation historian Michael Barrier in 2005, writer/director Brad Bird said he didn’t grow up reading superhero comics, despite what many fans assumed. . While some have been able to draw connections between “The Incredibles” and various comic book superheroes, Bird says it’s not the superhero aspects of the film that really interest him.
“The part I’m interested in is all the personal stuff,” he told Barrier. “I tried to base the powers on family archetypes. Dad is always expected to be strong, so I gave him strength. Moms are always pulled in a million different directions, so I made it be elastic,” Bird explained. The same goes for the Parr children. “Teens aren’t safe and defensive, so I made him be invisible and have protective shields. Ten-year-old boys are hyperactive balls of energy, so I made him be fast. And babies are unknown – they may have great powers, they may have nothing.”
While their powers are very real, they are also deliberately analogous to the roles played by each family member. But Bird admits his superpower ideas aren’t exactly original, even though he didn’t explicitly base them on comic book characters. “I’d be amazed if anyone could come up with some really original powers that are still interesting,” he said.