'Incredibles 2' Will Empower Children And Their Parents

Jun 15, 2018
Originally published on June 15, 2018 4:05 pm
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MARY LOUISE KELLY, HOST:

It has been nearly 14 years since Pixar's "The Incredibles" introduced a family of superheroes that had a hard time living quietly in the suburbs. Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl and their kids are now back in "Incredibles 2." We're going to talk in a minute with actress Holly Hunter, who plays Elastigirl. First, our critic Bob Mondello has this review.

BOB MONDELLO, BYLINE: Here's where we left off last time - our favorite suburban family crossing the street when suddenly a giant drill erupts from the pavement.

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JOHN RATZENBERGER: (As The Underminer) Behold The Underminer.

MONDELLO: And here's what we've been waiting 14 years for.

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HOLLY HUNTER: (As Helen Parr) Watch after Jack-Jack.

SARAH VOWELL: (As Violet Parr) But I thought we were going to...

CRAIG T NELSON: (As Bob Parr) You heard your mother. Trampoline me.

MONDELLO: Saving the world is hard-wired in these folks, but...

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HUNTER: (As Helen Parr) Superheroes are illegal.

MONDELLO: The good news is there's a rich guy who's thinking is gratifyingly in tune with the woman-centric times we live in to change public perception of superheroes. The key, he says, is not brute strength, Mr. Incredible's superpower. Its flexibility.

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BOB ODENKIRK: (As Winston Deavor) Elastigirl is our best play.

NELSON: (As Bob Parr) Better than me?

MONDELLO: So Mom goes to work.

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HUNTER: (As Helen Parr) Bye, sweetie.

NELSON: (As Bob Parr) I'll watch the kids, no problem.

MONDELLO: And Dad has a midlife crisis dealing with a teenager who wishes she could disappear and actually can, a hyperactive boy who should never be entrusted with the remote and, to the hilarious frustration of a territory-protecting raccoon...

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ELI FUCILE: (As Jack-Jack Parr, laughter).

MONDELLO: ...A baby who is just discovering new powers.

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FUCILE: (As Jack-Jack Parr, laughter).

MONDELLO: Director Brad Bird in short is traipsing through time-honored comic territory with Looney Tune gag spectacular animation, James Bondian music and a retro-futurist worldview that may be straight out of Ayn Rand but that's leavened by putting Holly Hunter's commonsensical Elastigirl front and center.

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HUNTER: (As Helen Parr) I know it's crazy, right? To help my family, I got to leave it. To fix the law, I got to break it.

MONDELLO: Actual ideas about balancing work and life in an action-packed kid flick - Marvel, take note. I exaggerate not a bit when I say that parents will feel just as empowered while watching "Incredibles 2" as any child.

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BRAD BIRD: (As Edna Mode) Done properly, parenting is a heroic act.

FUCILE: (As Jack-Jack Parr, laughter).

BIRD: (As Edna Mode) Done properly...

FUCILE: (As Jack-Jack Parr, laughter).

MONDELLO: I'm Bob Mondello. Transcript provided by NPR, Copyright NPR.