Disney•Pixar’s Incredibles 2 hit theaters last summer, 14-years after the original film debuted. With such a big gap between films, it beat the odds and became the highest grossing animated film of all time! And now it can be yours to watch from any device with the Digital HD release.
The fun starts where the first film left off, with the Parr family teaming up as the Incredibles to stop the Underminer. Their good intentioned attempt to stop a villain ends up getting them in big trouble, with the super hero program being shut down for good. On their own again, Bob and Helen are seduced by a wealthy fan who wants to restore public trust in supers.
One of the reasons the film works so well is the fun reversal between traditional parent roles. Elastigirl is chosen as the hero that can help renew public trust and is sent out on assignments while Mr. Incredible stays home with the kids. But they will learn that they are all stronger together when they work as a family.
The sequel improves on the original in many ways and the film benefits from having a lot more Jack Jack. The adorable baby stole the show in the original film, but was such a small part. Some of the sequel’s biggest laughs come from characters reacting to Jack Jack’s explosion of powers, with new ones popping up here and there.
This digital release contains hours of bonus features that take you behind the scenes, including a brand-new animated short. The theatrical short Bao is here, too, along with its own bonus feature. Fans waiting for Blu-Ray can bring it home on November 6th, but fans ditching discs can enjoy it today.
The following bonus features are available between the iTunes and Movies Anywhere
- Auntie Edna (5:08) – Find out what happened when Edna Mode babysat Jack Jack during the film, including some never before seen powers.
- Bao (7:42) – The original short that accompanied Incredibles 2 in theaters tells the story of a Chinese Canadian mother whose dumpling comes to life.
- Making Bao (6:02) – Director Domee Shi reveals the inspirations behind Bao and why this was such a personal filmmaking experience.
- Audio Commentary (1:57:50) – Brad Bird introduces this commentary by Animators Dave Mullins, Alan Barillaro, Tony Fucile, and Bret Parker. They approach the track from the standpoint of character performances and actions, including things you’d never think about, like tongue placement.
- The Coolest Guy in Show Business (2:53) – Samuel L. Jackson discusses his love of comic books and superheroes in this partially animated interview that connects his limited childhood with his unlimited career.
- Paths to Pixar: Everyday Heroes (11:37) – Pixar employees reveal how their personal lives influenced the story and performances of Incredibles 2, and how they balance being working parents.
- Behind the Scenes
- Strong Coffee: A Lesson in Animation with Brad Bird (18:49) – Brad Bird, Disney’s first animation mentee, reflects on his early years with the Nine Old Men and shares how the lessons he learned from them still influence his films.
- SuperBaby (4:50) – Paige and Frankie from Disney Channel’s Bizaardvark visit Pixar and do a song about Jack Jack while learning about animation.
- Ralph Eggleston: Production Designer (2:07) – Ralph Eggleston shares his journey to Pixar and what his job means.
- Super Stuff (6:34) – Retro-futurism, Parr family norms, villains, background characters, and the Elasticycle are all explored in this quick featurette.
- Character Theme Songs – Three theme songs are presented with stylized clips from the films.
- Elastigirl (0:33)
- Mr. Incredible (0:32)
- Frozone (0:31)
- Vintage Toy Commercials – The same theme songs are used to sell toys in retro-inspired ads.
- Elastigirl Toy Commercial (0:33)
- Mr. Incredible Toy Commercial (0:32)
- Frozone Toy Commercial (0:31)
- Behind the Scenes
- SuperScene Breakdowns
- Elastigirl (10:17) – Five women who worked on the film review some of Helen’s scenes and discuss the evolution of the character.
- The Raccoon Fight (10:39) – Five men who worked on the film reveal some fun facts about the Racoon Fight sequence.
- Heroes & Villains – Mini-documentaries that explore the character’s backstories, including interviews with the actors and animators.
- Mr. Incredible (2:15)
- Elastigirl (2:23)
- The Parr Kids (3:56)
- Frozone (2:18)
- Edna Mode (1:38)
- Winston Devor (2:26)
- Evelyn Devor (3:32)
- Wannabes (7:15)
- Deleted Scenes
- Introduction (1:07) – Brad Bird introduces this series of animated storyboards that didn’t make the final film.
- Suburban Escape (3:15) – The original opening of the film started shortly before the Underminer attacks from the end of the first film.
- Kari Revisited (4:46) – Jack Jack’s babysitter from the first film almost had a scene in the sequel.
- Return of the Supers (4:51) – A callback to Syndrome included an in memoriam for the supers lost while in hiding after being lured to the island.
- Chewed Out (2:38) – An expanded sequence where the family is interrogated after the Underminer attack that includes the kids being questioned.
- Late Audition (3:38) – A removed subplot included superheroes trying to entertain their fans and auditioning for Winston.
- Slow Day (3:54) – Helen waits for something bad to happen while out on the job.
- Frozone and Honey (1:59) – Frozone’s wife almost had an on-camera roll in the film.
- Restaurant Robbery (4:26) – Dash and Violet save a restaurant while Bob takes Jack Jack to the bathroom.
- Fashion Show (4:00) – Edna Mode’s career making clothes for runways almost made the film with Jack Jack getting into the act.
- Security Breakdown (5:15) – A deleted subplot about artificial intelligence almost hijacked Edna’s house.
- Super Moments (4:03) – A sizzle reel of custom character animation used to promote the film, including some from the Winter Olympics.
- Powers Global Teaser Trailer (0:55) – The first teaser where Bob discovers Jack Jack’s powers.
- Family Global Trailer (2:18) – The main trailer presented in Spanish.
- Theatrical Payoff Japan Trailer (1:59) – A Japanese trailer highlighting action moments.
- Easter Eggs (Movies Anywhere Exclusive)
- Raccoon Fight Story (2:26) – A clip from a story session where Brad Bird shares an anecdote about a raccoon terrorizing his dog in his backyard.
- Evelyn Animation Outtakes (0:37) – Two alternate animation performances.
- Puppet Animator Interview Outtakes (1:10) – “Jungle” Cat Jones, Animator, was interviewed for the featurettes but didn’t get included in the final cut.
- Goofy Arms Story (1:17) – Brad Bird shares a Milt Kahl animation anecdote.
- SuperBaby:60 (1:05) – The Bizaardvark feature is shortened into a music video.
With amazing details and a wide color spectrum, Incredibles 2 looks fantastic in a 1080p streaming copy through iTunes viewed on an Apple TV. Some of the fast action sequences will certainly look better on Blu-Ray, but those are the only shots with a noticeable difference.
The digital copy is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1, a robust mix that makes great use of rear speakers for sound effects and ambient sounds. It also includes a stereo Spanish track.
Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 is one of the rare sequels that surpasses the original in many ways. From gender role swaps and honest depictions of parenting to slapstick fights with vermin and and plot twists, there’s something for every member of the family. So bake up a batch of cookie num nums and settle in for movie night with Incredibles 2.
Alex has been blogging about Disney films since 2009 after a lifetime of fandom. He joined the Laughing Place team in 2014 and covers films across all of Disney’s brands, including Star Wars, Marvel, and Fox, in addition to books, music, toys, consumer products, and food. You can hear his voice as a member of the Laughing Place Podcast and his face can be seen on Laughing Place’s YouTube channel where he unboxes stuff.