“The Art of The Incredibles” -Review

The Art of The Incredibles

The Incredibles is one of my recent favorite movies, animated or no, in recent memory, so I’m glad to report that The Art of The Incredibles is great too.

There’s not a lot of text, but, to be fair, you don’t get a book like this to ‘read’ per se. This is a book you just want to gape at and revel in pure graphic splendor.

Organized into three main sections (“Meet the Parrs,” “The Golden Years” and “Showtime”), you get an in-depth look at gobs of sketches and concept art presented big and beautifully.

Favorite art of mine included production designer (and voice of Bernie Kropp) Lou Romano’s beautiful gouache work, and character designer Teddy Newton’s pencil/markers and fascinating collages.

The Art of The Incredibles - Kari
Kari concepts by Teddy Newton

Fans of the movie will really enjoy this, as well as illustration and design devotees.

I don’t know if I’d pay $25.00 for The Art of The Incredibles, but if you can get you local public library to order it (hint hint!), by all means do!

Ten Incredible Little Things

The Incredibles

I’ve just finished watching The Incredibles again. I saw it in the theater when it came out and now twice on DVD.

What a great movie!

I’d considered doing my standard cartoon movie review, but let’s be honest here; everyone’s seen this movie and pretty much everyone agrees it’s really really good.

I’ve heard it said that God is in the details; so instead, here are some incredible details that really grabbed me:

1) I love the fact that Bob is humming the movie’s theme when he walks in from moonlighting with Frozone.

2) Bret ‘Brook’ Parker‘s performance as Kari. For a character with about 45 seconds of screen time, Kari steals every scene she’s in.

3) The 60’s/70’s (I’m not exactly sure) style of the Parr’s home. Nice touch!

4) The jazz trombonist in me dug the Sammy Nestico vibe in the score during the ‘everything’s going great for Bob’ montage.

5) “No capes!” Edna’s explanation of why she won’t design with capes is hysterical, and it sets up a nice gag at the end of the movie.

6) The grainy black and white newsreel documenting the downfall of the ‘supers’ is a joy to watch. Funny and dead on.

7) Helen checking her butt in the mirror while breaking into Syndrome’s fortress. If I remember right it was in the trailer and the commercials, but it’s so right I had to comment.

8) Mr. Incredible going out of focus as he lunges toward the ‘camera’ during the opening interview. It’s attention to detail like this that sets Pixar apart.

9) Mirage. Simply a stunning character design. From the shape of the head to the stick body and hair, a fascinating character to look at.

10) The end credits. Great art! Now I have to check out The Art of the Incredibles.