Trivia / The Incredibles

  • Actor Allusion:
  • Beam Me Up, Scotty!: Samuel L. Jackson never actually says "Woman, where is my supersuit?" The proper lines are "Honey, where's my supersuit?", and "You tell me where my suit is, woman!"
  • Breakthrough Hit: While both director Brad Bird and composer Michael Giacchino had several well known films under their belt, it was this film that launched both of their careers into the stratosphere, with Giacchino in particular getting to compose many more films after this one.
  • Celebrity Voice Actor: In Japan, Syndrome is voiced by Hiroyuki Miyasako (the boke of Ameagari Kesshitai), who would later voice Ultraman Belial.
  • Cross-Dressing Voices: Brad Bird as Edna (they brought in Lily Tomlin to voice Edna, but when she heard Brad demonstrate the kind of voice he wanted, she immediately declared Brad needed to do the voice himself).
  • Enforced Method Acting: To give Dash a more realistic sounding out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird would make Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.
  • I Knew It: Many people guessed Syndrome's downfall as soon as they saw his costume.
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  • One-Book Author: Violet is essayist and non-fiction writer Sarah Vowell's only acting role. Brad Bird animated the character reciting one of her segments on This American Life that he'd heard to convince Vowell to play the part.
  • Permanent Placeholder: Brad Bird's voice for Edna was just something he did to give potential actresses an idea of what he was looking for. He only decided to do it himself when Lily Tomlin, his first choice, told him that it was perfect the way it was.
  • Regional Bonus: In European versions, several inscriptions during Mr. Incredible's search on the villain's main computer have been replaced with generic graphical symbols. For instance, "Location: Unknown" is replaced by a question mark in front of a globe, "Location: Known" is replaced by a highlighted map section, and "Terminated" is replaced by a red diagonal line.
  • Star-Making Role: For Michael Giacchino, whose previous work had mostly been video games and TV shows. Thanks to this film, he's now one of Hollywood's most in-demand composers.
  • "Take That!" Tit-for-Tat: The film famously had Edna announce "NO CAPES!", which could be seen as an attack on DC Comics, the creator of superheroes wearing capes. In several DC works since then, they have found ways to justify wearing capes, like in Supergirl when Winn initially dismisses capes as tacky, but then goes back on his reservations because, actually, they provide better aerodynamics to help Supergirl fly faster and more agilely.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • While Brad Bird was working for Warner Bros, he pitched The Incredibles as a traditional 2D animated film. But the lackluster performance of The Iron Giant (due mainly to Warner's horrible promotion for that film) put the kibosh on that idea. While the project was Saved from Development Hell thanks to Pixar, animation fans can't help speculating on what a 2D version might have been like.
    • There was also a significantly different opening where Syndrome (then a One-Scene Wonder) was to have tried to ambush the Parrs (then referred to as the Smiths) at their house as revenge only to be killed, and the reason for adopting a secret identity as their only identity was also closer to that of Witness Protection than as the result of a law created as a means of preventing damages to property from Superhero duty as a result of complaints by the public.
    • Syndrome's original character design depicted him as being taller and more muscular while still having a certain Joker like quality to his face. This design was used in test sketches for the abandoned opening but ultimately Syndrome was redesigned as being shorter and more paunchy.
    • Disposable Pilot: This was going to happen in an earlier version, with the pilot who flies the Incredibles to Nomanisan Island going down with the plane (the reason for that long shot of Helen watching the plane sink is because his hat was going to float up). In the end, they wrote him out almost entirely for the sake of time and story flow (giving him two sentences over the phone and a framed picture of him and Helen by a plane), and had Helen fly the plane herself.
    • Another villain called Xerek would be the original film's Big Bad. Xerek would have turned out to be good at the end, but he was cut because this twist was too confusing and Syndrome made for a more enjoyable villain.
    • All the members of the Incredible family were going to have flying powers… except Bob.
      • Bob was also going to have invulnerability as a part of his power, much like Superman, which would risk revealing his identity in a deleted scene where he accidentally brings a meat cleaver down on his fingers, only to dent the blade. The final Bob, however is fully capable of being cut and bleeding (by super-fighting robots at least) while still possessing some degree of super stamina (he does survive being hit by a train after all).
    • Rumor has it that Harrison Ford and George Clooney were considered for the role of Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible but it was felt their voices didn't have anything the animators could really work with and ultimately Craig T. Nelson of Coach and Poltergeist fame, who is said to have always been Brad Bird's ideal model for Mr. Incredible/Bob Parr took the role.
    • Edna, or E, was also going to have super-powers, but writers couldn't decide what to go for so they decided to just have her be a standard genius.
    • Lily Tomlin was offered the role of Edna or E, but when she heard Brad Bird's vocals on the temp track she told they already had the perfect voice and politely declined.
  • Word of God: According to Brad Bird, Helen Parr's maiden name is Truax.
  • X Meets Y: Fantastic Four meets Watchmen. One review also described it as "James Bond, Indiana Jones and the X-Men all rolled into one."
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