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  • Breakthrough Hit: While both director Brad Bird and composer Michael Giacchino had several well known films under their belt, it was The Incredibles that launched both of their careers into the stratosphere, with Giacchino in particular getting to compose many more films after this one.
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  • Completely Different Title: The Russian title is Суперсемейка, which means "Superfamily."
  • Creator Breakdown: Personal issues had percolated into the story as they weighed on Brad Bird in life. Approaching middle age and having high aspirations for his filmmaking, Bird pondered whether his career goals were attainable only at the price of his family life. He stated, "Consciously, this was just a funny movie about superheroes. But I think that what was going on in my life definitely filtered into the movie.".
  • Creator Chosen Casting:
    • Brad Bird cast Sarah Vowell as Violet after hearing her voice on This American Life. He stated that she was "perfect" for the part and immediately called her to offer her the role.
    • Bird cast Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone because he wanted the character to have the coolest voice.
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  • 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).
  • Dawson Casting: Sarah Vowell was 34 when she first voiced 14-year-old Violet, and 48 the second time. Of course, she was cast in the first place because her natural voice just happens to sound squeaky and adolescent. No doubt she could play the character indefinitely.
  • Descended Creator:
    • Brad Bird, the director and writer of the film, is also the voice of Edna Mode.
    • Production designer Lou Romano is the voice of Bernie Kropp, Dash's hapless teacher.
  • Development Gag:
    • When Buddy is showing off his homemade rocket boots to Mr. Incredible, Buddy asks if he can fly. An early idea was to have Bob being the only member of the Parr family that couldn't fly (and being a bit self-conscious about it).
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    • In early drafts, Synrome (then just a One-Scene Wonder), was to call retired superheroes back to action to battle to death the Omnidroids.
  • Diagnosis of God: In the DVD Commentary, the creators confirmed that Syndrome had schizophrenia.
  • Doing It for the Art: Brad Bird was uncompromising in his vision and this forced Pixar to take several leaps forward technologically due to the human characters, natural locations, and the extreme detail put into even the simplest scenes. It took two months of heated arguments to convince Bird to drop a shapeshifting effect so that the resources could be used on getting the rest of the movie completed.
  • Dub Name Change: The family is called "Les Indestructibles" in France, and Bomb Voyage is called "Folamour" ("Strangelove"), presumably because the original name doesn't roll off the tongue quite as easily when said in French (it's more like "bomba voyage").
  • Dueling Dubs: There are two Brazilian Portuguese dubs, the theatrical one last featured on the DVD. The changed dubbers in the second one were retained in the sequel.
  • 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.
  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: In most dubbings, Dominique Louis's performance of Bomb Voyage remains unchanged.
    • Amanda Lear dubs Edna Mode in the France and Italian versions.
  • No Export for You:
    • The DVD bonus feature "Vowellet" is included only on the Region 1 DVD — not Region 2 or Region 4.
    • The film wasn't released in China.
  • The Other Darrin: In the tie-in game, Mr. Incredible is voiced by Richard McGonagle (replacing Craig T. Nelson) and Elastigirl is voiced by Elizabeth Daily (replacing Holly Hunter).
  • 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.
  • Playing Against Type: Jason Lee, known primarily for comedic roles, as the psychopathic Syndrome.
  • 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.
  • Sequel in Another Medium: The comic book is an attempted one. At the time, Brad Bird hadn't settled on a sequel for the movie quite yet, so the comic was made in the interim with the theory if the sequel would come, some time would've passed in-universe. No one could've guessed when the sequel was finally developed that it would directly pick up after the first film.
  • Serendipity Writes the Plot: The whole "no capes" rule - and the resulting monologue from Edna - was added so the animators wouldn't have to animate the cape physics.
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  • 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.
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  • What Could Have Been: Has its own page.
  • Word of God:
    • According to Brad Bird, Helen Parr's maiden name is Truax.
    • The writer of the comic has recently detailed Xerek's backstory on Twitter, revealing him as a man with an ability to continually achieve victory that has lived for over 200 years through various life-extension/eternal youth schemes, but has now become a Death Seeker wanting to bring the world down with him.