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Disney Pixar Introduces Murder, Adult Language Into Hit Franchise

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In the vast realm of animated films, Pixar stands as an iconic titan, renowned for crafting heartwarming tales adorned with layers of depth and charm.

Hamm and Rex in 'Toy Story 2'

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However, nestled within its repertoire lies a gem that diverges from the typical Pixar formula – Incredibles 2 (2018). While on the surface, it may appear like another family-friendly adventure, a closer inspection unveils a tapestry woven with intriguing little nuances that set it apart from its peers.

In a recent rewatch of the six-year-old film, one can see the trends that Pixar was beginning to weave into its movies years before the studio saw some less-than-successful runs with films like Soul (2020), Turning Red (2022), and Lightyear (2022).

The Incredibles

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One of the most striking aspects of Incredibles 2 is its willingness to delve into darker, more mature themes. Amidst the exhilarating superhero action and familial dynamics, the film dares to confront the specter of mortality with a chilling murder scene. Yes, you read that right – a murder scene in a Pixar movie. The demise of the brilliant and enigmatic billionaire Winston Deavor’s father serves as a pivotal moment that not only propels the narrative forward but also injects a sense of gravity rarely seen in animated features. It’s a stark reminder that beneath the veneer of colorful animation lies a story with weighty consequences, resonating with older audiences in a profound way.

Furthermore, Incredibles 2 ventures into relatively uncharted territory for a Pixar film by incorporating subtle instances of adult language. While not overt, the occasional utterance of cuss words adds a layer to the characters and their interactions that we hadn’t seen before in a Pixar film. This departure from the squeaky-clean dialogue typically associated with animated fare reflects the filmmakers’ commitment to crafting a story that feels genuine and relatable, but it was also severely criticized at the time by fans with small children coming to see the movie in theaters.

The Incredibles 2, created by Pixar

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But beyond its mature themes and language, what truly sets Incredibles 2 apart is its subversion of genre tropes and expectations. Unlike its predecessor, which primarily focused on Mr. Incredible’s journey, the sequel places Elastigirl front and center, allowing her to shine as the primary protagonist. Elastigirl’s arc is not just about saving the day but also navigating the complexities of balancing career aspirations with familial responsibilities, a struggle that resonates with audiences of all ages.

Moreover, Incredibles 2 also injects a dose of political commentary into its narrative, tackling issues such as government oversight and public perception of superheroes. The introduction of the Superhero Relocation Program, spearheaded by the bureaucratic powerhouse Winston Deavor, serves as a poignant allegory for real-world debates surrounding surveillance and individual freedoms. By weaving these contemporary themes into its storyline, the film transcends the confines of a mere children’s movie, inviting viewers to ponder deeper questions about society and its relationship with authority.

Elastigirl, Mr. Incredible, and Violet Parr gasp in front of skyscrapers.

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In the end, Incredibles 2 grossed an impressive $1.24 billion at the box office, making it the highest-grossing Pixar movie of all time. At this time, Disney has not announced a third installment of the franchise. You can watch Incredibles 2 on Disney+.

Pixar Animation Studios began in 1986 when Apple co-founder Steve Jobs purchased the computer graphics division of Lucasfilm, which eventually became Pixar Animation Studios. In 1995, Pixar released Toy Story, the world’s first entirely computer-animated feature film, marking a seismic shift in cinematic storytelling. This groundbreaking success paved the way for a string of beloved films and franchises, including the heartwarming adventures of Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016), the heart-tugging tale of friendship in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and its prequel Monsters University (2013), and the emotionally resonant journey of Up (2009). Additionally, Pixar’s exploration of family dynamics and superheroic feats captivated audiences with The Incredibles (2004), while the transcendent storytelling of Inside Out (2015) offered an introspective look into the human psyche.

If you have some time this week, go back and watch Incredibles 2 and let us know your thoughts on the film!

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About Andrew Boardwine

A frequent visitor of Walt Disney World Resort and Universal Orlando Resort, Andrew will likely be found freefalling on Twilight Zone Tower of Terror or enjoying Pirates of the Caribbean. Over at Universal, he'll be taking in the thrills of the Jurassic World Velocicoaster and Revenge of the Mummy

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