The Incredible Adventure of Pixar

Posted in Uncategorized by L on October 22, 2009

I originally approached this piece with the assertion that Pixar’s The Incredibles is the best of Pixar’s films. However, upon reflection, I realized that none of Pixar’s films could be dubbed “the best”. Now that Pixar has produced ten films, we see a body of work that is represented in part by each individual film. Although The Incredibles is by far my favorite Pixar film, it is only one piece in the adventurous story of Pixar.

Pixar has produced ten films since 1995: Toy Story, A Bug’s Life, Toy Story 2, Monsters Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, Wall-E, and Up.

The Incredibles, Pixar’s first film to have an entirely human cast, is not only good as an entertaining story of superheroes gone normal, but is brilliantly executed with a distinct style, and brought an unprecedented theme of darkness, including a villain killing “Supers” in a pursuit to build an indestructible robot. A sensational score and spot on cinematography and editing only adds to The Incredibles wonderful story of a family of “Supers”, trying to live their daily lives as normal people, all of the sudden forced to involve themselves in a family crisis.

On the surface The Incredibles may seem to be another fantastic adventure, but what it reveals is something much more incredible. As human beings we fill our lives with the mundane – work, school, homemaking. But every once in a while we are faced with opportunity sprung by good and bad things. It’s these opportunities are what define the adventure of our lives. This concept can be seen in every Pixar film, not just The Incredibles. As Pixar has matured, this theme has become stronger and more beautifully apparent, especially in their most recent film, Up. As Pixar’s tenth film, Up is a representation of the culmination of Pixar’s journey; it is a story about adventure itself, and life itself.

Pixar protagonists, introduced with opportunity, whether good or bad, create their own adventure. Woody in Toy Story got rid of Buzz Lightyear. Remy in Ratatouille helped Linguini. Wall-E in Wall-E stuck himself on a spaceship to follow his love. And a father named Bob Parr a.k.a. Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles decided to be incredible once again. It’s these moments in Pixar films that connect with our own lives that make these films so astonishing to watch and relive over and over again.


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