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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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  • 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."
  • 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).
  • 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.
    • Michael Giacchino's score was recorded on analog tape rather than digital media in order to properly replicate the 1960's feel the movie was going for and because brass instruments sound better on tape.
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  • 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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  • Multiple Languages, Same Voice Actor: In most dubbings, Dominique Louis's performance of Bomb Voyage remains unchanged.
  • 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:
    • While Brad Bird was working for Warner Bros., he pitched the film 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.
    • John Barry himself was originally approached to do the film's score, but wasn't interested in duplicating his earlier work and so turned it down. Michael Giacchino was brought on as composer instead, but still used Barry's James Bond scores as a strong influence.
    • There was also a significantly different opening where Syndrome (then a One-Scene Wonder member of Mr. Incredible's Rogues Gallery) 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.
    • The subtext about Helen worrying that Bob might be unfaithful was originally explicit- there was a scene where she confronted him about Mirage's hair, and she had a Dream Sequence where Bob was being tended to by lovely ladies while she was in the background picking up laundry (and then being sucked into the washing machine).
    • In general, in the early drafts Bob was a decent bit more of a jerk; he was a lot snippier with Helen when directly confronted with the idea of having an affair and was a bit more abrasive in the draft opening. This didn't read nearly as well, though (it made him far harder to sympathize with, especially the affair confrontation scene) and in the final script of the movie he's a much more reasonable guy who is simply desperate to get his glory days back and has a bit of a temper, and his love for his family is a lot more pronounced.
    • Syndrome's original character design depicted him as being taller and more muscular while still having a certain Joker-like quality to his face; furthermore, he was part of an established "rogues gallery" for Bob in his original backstory. This design was used in test sketches for the abandoned opening but ultimately Syndrome was redesigned as being shorter and more paunchy, to match with the revised concept of him being a grown-up, embittered former fanboy.
    • According to the director's commentary, Buddy Pine was originally going to appear in the interview segment at the very beginning of the film, but was cut because "it felt like it was giving something away".
    • Snug was going to be a Disposable Pilot who would fly the Incredibles to Nomanisan Island, chat with Helen, and then die to prove that Syndrome meant business (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. Brad Bird went on to state that it was proving too challenging to model another independent character for the movie who would only be in a few scenes, and he eventually agreed with everyone else that it would be more awesome to see Helen flying the plane herself. It was also felt that the drama of his death would distract from what was the real point of the scene, to establish that Syndrome was more than willing to murder children for the sake of his plans.
    • 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, although he does appear in the comics.
    • All the members of the Incredible family were going to have flying powers… except Bob.
    • 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.
    • Violet was going to plant a kiss on Tony at the end, but then Brad Bird figured it would be way too forward when they'd just started talking to each other. It sure would have made the events of the second movie even more awkward...
    • The original opening scene featured the Parrs at a neighborhood barbecue when Bob accidentally dents a meat cleaver on his fingers, forcing him to cover his hand with ketchup and scream.
  • 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.


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