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The Incredibles

Genre: Animation
Rated: PG
Directed by: Brad Bird
Produced by: John Walker
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Samuel L. Jackson, Jason Lee, Elizabeth Pena, John Ratzenberger
Released by: Walt Disney, a Pixar Animation Studios Film

In Short: The Oscar-winning animation team Pixar follows up "Finding Nemo" with another dazzling swirl of imaginative storytelling, eye-popping action and filmmaking genius.

Superheroes in the 'Burbs
Nothing Short of an "Incredible" Experience

The once mighty superhero couple known as Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are forced out of the "saving lives" business and into an ordinary civilian existence in the ‘burbs. Craig T. Nelson voices Bob Parr, the one-time hero whom we see fifteen years later as an unhappy, clock-punching insurance man. His wife Elastigirl, voiced by Holly Hunter, is rather content as a stay-at-home mom, now known simply as Helen Parr. Their three children Dash, Violet and Jack-Jack keep things lively around the house, but as Bob's waistline increases, so does his desire for the glory days of crime-fighting.

His wishes come true when a sudden, cryptic communication pulls the big guy out of retirement and back into the suit for a top secret assignment. Getting back into superhero form proves a challenge, but not quite as difficult as keeping the dream moonlighting gig from his disapproving wife. With the fate of the world hanging in the balance, Mr. Incredible's family – kids and all – must tap into its own inner-powers to rally around their beloved patriarch.

The Oscar-winning team at Pixar follows up "Finding Nemo" with another dazzling swirl of imaginative storytelling, eye-popping action and filmmaking genius. While the humor of Bob wasting away at an unsatisfying desk job may tickle empathetic parents more than kids, there are plenty of colorful characters and frenetic energy to keep the entire family engrossed. Samuel L. Jackson lends blinding coolness to Mr. Incredible's best friend and partner Frozone, who has the ability to freeze his enemies into submission.

Another standout is fashion designer Edna Mode (Brad Bird), who designs and tailors superhero outfits with hilarious, military-like precision. Add Jason Lee's evil Syndrome to the mix, and this computer-animated marvel is nothing short of an "Incredible" experience.

Reviewed b y Cherie Saunders

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