As a general rule, if Pixar makes something it’s a quality product. The long awaited Incredibles 2, which arrives on blu-ray this week, is no exception. From moment one Disney and Pixar deliver the goods in ways that many other studios are still trying to figure out.
That being said, Incredibles 2 is a unique animal. Released in theaters 14 years after the first one it really does speak to a more mature audience. If you saw the first one in theaters, or any time after, you’re of an age to appreciate a complex and mature story. The Incredibles 2 is just that. Despite being a kids film it really does go some pretty dark places but all of which are worth exploring.
The animation has gotten way better too. Pixar was already ruling the animation universe when the first one came out but with an almost 15 year jump in technology it has become absolutely breathtaking. Everyone has such detailed expressions many of which nail their voice actors. This is a film that’s beautiful even with the volume off, but that’s true of most of Pixar’s work.
The blu-ray itself is packed with bonus features which take a deep dive into what brought the magic to life. The bonus disc itself contains almost two hours of bonus material that give it a running time almost as long as the feature you just watched.
There is an almost tonal shift between the special features and the movie, but that’s more than okay. This is Pixar after all and it’s meant to be for kids. That level of playfulness, that is at the heart of Incredibles 2, really shines on the bonus features.
There are a ton of featurettes on the disc including an animation lesson from the maestro himself John Lasseter and a many, many shorts that delve into the creation of the movie. Incredibles 2 took a long time to make so that process is treated with the utmost respect. That comes through in interviews the animators and cast on the disc. Fans of the short film Bao get a special treat as well. Not only is the short on the bonus disc but a making of feature is provided as well.
Given that this is a Disney production parents should be aware the blu-ray combo pack is a little pricey compared to other films. That being said, it’s worth every penny. Incredibles 2 is worth every penny. This is a film that will stand the test of time and not easily wear out its welcome on the shelf.
Thatsmye Interviews: Les Weiler on Henchin’: the Series
The 8 Episode Series Tries To Encompass A Lot Leaving Fans In A Cliffhanger.
The 2010 “Avatar: The Last Airbender” movie by M. Night Shyamalan faced criticism for its deviations from the beloved animated series. The film struggled with pacing, casting, and a lackluster script, disappointing fans who cherished the source material. In contrast, the 2024 Netflix series has generated positive buzz for its commitment to diverse casting, adherence to the original storyline, and improved character development. The series seems poised to capture the essence of the animated show, offering a fresh and faithful adaptation that resonates with both new and existing fans.
Even though the Netflix series comes closer to the core ideals of the animated series, I feel it lacks heart. Many scenes barely scratch the surface of the relationships between the characters and the push-and-pull relationship between Aang and Zuko. I will admit the CG versions of Momo and Appa are just so gosh darn cute.
The 8 episode series tries to encompass a lot leaving fans in a cliffhanger. It’s worth a watch and I am hanging on for the next season to be announced.
Caesar’s Reign Comes To The Big Screen With New Trailer For Kingdom Of The Planet Of The Apes
Director Wes Ball breathes new life into the global, epic franchise set several generations in the future following Caesar’s reign, in which apes are the dominant species living harmoniously and humans have been reduced to living in the shadows. As a new tyrannical ape leader builds his empire, one young ape undertakes a harrowing journey that will cause him to question all that he has known about the past and to make choices that will define a future for apes and humans alike. “Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes” is directed by Wes Ball (the “Maze Runner” trilogy) and stars Owen Teague (“IT”), Freya Allan (“The Witcher”), Kevin Durand (“Locke & Key”), Peter Macon (“Shameless”), and William H. Macy (“Fargo”). The screenplay is by Josh Friedman (“War of the Worlds”) and Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver (“Avatar: The Way of Water”) and Patrick Aison (“Prey”), based on characters created by Rick Jaffa & Amanda Silver, and the producers are Wes Ball, Joe Hartwick, Jr., p.g.a. (“The Maze Runner”), Rick Jaffa, p.g.a., Amanda Silver, p.g.a., Jason Reed, p.g.a. (“Mulan”), with Peter Chernin (the “Planet of the Apes” trilogy) and Jenno Topping (“Ford v. Ferrari”) serving as executive producers.