It is not often that you can ask Incredibles 2 Director Brad Bird and Producers Nicole Grindle & John Walker anything but that is exactly what we did. I wish we had more time to spend with dynamic trio but at the time they has an Incredible movie to finish. So we were thankful to spend asking all the questions about Incredibles 2.
Before you read this interview I want you to read Behind The Scenes and Easter Eggs of Incredibles 2, It all started with No Capes!, What Will You Find In The Pixar Archives and A Look Behind The Scenes At The Pixar Campus. I want you to read all about this Incredible adventure I have been fortunate to be apart of.
Why was there so much time between Incredibles and Incredibles 2?
The 15 year time gap between Incredibles and Incredibles 2 was not intentional. Incredibles 2 director, Brad Bird wanted to take the time needed and enjoy the creative process. But he didn’t want any more time to pass so now was the time to create Incredibles 2.
How easy was it to pick up the characters of Incredible 2 and get them back in the story?
Director Brad Bird told the press core that it was easy as pie to pick up the characters of Incredibles and get them back into the Incredibles 2 story. These characters are incredibly personal to him and reflective of the love he has for his family growing up and his wife and sons of today. Creating dialog for the characters of Incredibles 2 was easier than Incredibles because he could hear the voices of Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sam Jackson and Sarah Vowell as he was writing. But writing the plot for Incredibles 2 was not an easy task.
Why didn’t the characters of Incredibles 2 age?
Director Brad Bird had a half thought about aging them up a little, but the minute you do you lose a lot of the iconic power of the idea. And because we’re not limited to linear aging the way live action films are, where if an actor is ten years older, you better write a line in there where they talk about being ten years older. But we are not limited in that way.
For Brad Bird, the boldest thing a movie that’s taken 14 years to happen can do is pick up right where the last movie left off. Who else can do that? No one. So, we did it.
How has animation technology advanced from Incredible to Incredibles 2?
The characters on Incredibles 2 look more like the animators had vision for them for Incredibles. They were close, but not quite as the vision was first created. Now the CG animation is able to do fire, hair, human, water and do them all well.
Was having Helen as the main hero in Incredibles 2 always the plan?
The idea of Helen taking on the lead role and the family finding out that Jack Jack has powers dates back to the original release of Incredibles. The super hero plot changed a lot along the way but the idea of Bob staying home, Helen being the working Super and Bob dealing with the baby’s new found powers was always the idea.
How were the superpower roles chosen for the individual characters of Incredibles 2?
The superpowers were based on iconic roles of men and women and children in the family.
The dad is always expected to be strong.
The mom is always stretched in a million directions.
Teenagers are defensive and insecure. So, Violet has force fields and invisibility.
Ten-year-olds are energy balls that can’t not be on.
And babies are unknowns.
They could have no powers at all, or they could be the next leader of the free world. So, where they were in the family was how we chose their powers. And that was a unique approach, because it was more about stages of your life. I (director Brad Bird), think one of the reasons we’ve been successful is that everyone connects with at least two of the characters. That’s because we’ve all been teenagers.
We’ve all been children.
Many of us have kids, and so we’ve dealt with little babies, which are really challenging to keep up with.
And teenagers, which are, you know, also a handful in a completely different way. We’ve had parents that seem kinda clueless at moments and the dad that maybe speaks before he really knows what he’s talkin’ about.
And, you know, the mom manages everything. So, that’s where our strength lies, and that’s what makes us different. And if we thought about it in those terms, it became a lot easier to make our film.
Who now voices Rick Dicker now that Bud Luckey has voice problems and has since passed away?
We tried to find people that sounded like [Bud Luckey], and no one sounded like [Bud].
Then we took the approach of saying, if [Bud] didn’t exist and we were casting this character from scratch, who would be the actor that we would approach.
And we found Jonathan Banks.
A lot of us are Breaking Bad fans and Better Call Saul fans. And he’s a wonderful actor. And he dropped in beautifully. His Rick Dicker is not exactly the same as Bud’s, but it’s every bit as cool, I think. And maybe a little tougher edged.
Who voices the character of Dash in Incredibles 2?
We got just extraordinarily lucky. We went back to New York where we found the first Dash, whose name was Spencer Fox. Dash doesn’t have a New York accent or anything, it’s just that there’s something about the city or something that makes him move fast.
And we got lucky with Huck.
He just sorta sounded right, but his personality was muted. I just had a feeling that he would be right. Once he got the part, he just let it out and it happened to be totally right. He was the same kind of energy that Spencer had.
One day actually wearing a Dash outfit. Zippin’ about the studio. It was really great. He had a blast, and I think he did a magnificent job.
How will Incredibles 2 make you feel?
Movies are an emotional medium.
They’re kind of a dream language.
And they’re less intellectual.
You can have a smart movie, but movies in general are more about dream language.
I think we have emotional moments here and there, but I hope people just consume huge amounts of popcorn, soda and have a really great time.
That’s what this is meant to be.
Hopefully, it’s smart and there’s some stuff in there that you can chew on later, but the main goal is just to entertain the crap outta people. Brad Bird, Director.
What do we learn about Edna Mode in Incredibles 2?
Brad Bird who voices the half-German half-Japanese bossy midget is something that feels very natural. At his most confident moments, he is sort of like Edna Mode.
She’s this tiny little person with no superpowers at all that can cowl superheroes and make them feel inadequate somehow or they can’t keep up.
What can they expect? Hopefully some surprise but the same character.
Incredibles 2 in theaters June 15