As we leave the horrors of October behind and move into the friendlier, turkey-filled waters of November (mmm, turkey-water), we’re also leaving behind our Movie Of The Week Horror Month, and entering Animation Month. And what better way to kick it off than with a Pixar movie? “Which Pixar movie is the best?” is one of those questions that endlessly preoccupies comment boards, but here at The Dissolve, we have a particular love for Brad Bird’s triumphant 2004 feature The Incredibles, a film that manages to simultaneously be a sweet family story, a sly near-reboot of the Fantastic Four—which has never done well on film—and a breathless action movie. (It also happens to have hit theaters exactly 10 years ago next week, and we’re suckers for big anniversaries like that around here.) It’s a thrill ride, but it’s also an impressively nuanced family-dynamic movie that gives all its characters goals and personalities, and shows what it takes to unite a group of disparate people with a common cause. More to the point, it’s a self-aware, in-jokey, often hilarious movie that makes fun of some superhero conventions with meta-humor, in a way that… hey, wait, you sly dogs, you got me monologuing!
I’ll kick us off on Tuesday by talking about Pixar’s place in the animation landscape, and The Incredibles’ place in the Pixar canon. Genevieve Koski and Keith Phipps have some things to say in our weekly Forum about the film’s particular take on original superheroes, and on superhero homage. And on Thursday, Charles Bramesco will dig into the controversy over the villain’s line “When everyone is super, no one will be,” and the public’s driving need to see political messages in superhero stories. It’s all coming up next week, so don your masks and super-suits (but not capes. NO CAPES!) and jump into the fray with us.
Upcoming Movies Of The Week
November 10: Pinocchio
November 17: A Scanner Darkly
November 24: Spirited Away
December 3: Our final MOTW for 2014...