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Toon Talk: The Incredibles DVD
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by Kirby Holt (archives)
March 15, 2005
Kirby reviews Disney's latest home release The Incredibles.

Toon Talk
Disney Film & Video Reviews by Kirby C. Holt

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The incredibles
Collector’s Edition Disney DVD 

Fresh off its win for Best Animated Feature at this year’s Academy Awards, The Incredibles splashes down on home video in a 2-Disc DVD set that is just plain, well, super. (Click here for the original Toon Talk review of The Incredibles).

Available in two separate Widescreen and Full Screen DVD versions, the film has been transferred directly from the digital source, making for an eye-popping visual experience not only for those who have seen the film before, but also for those who will now be seeing it for the first time. And the film’s soundtrack gets the usual boost with the THX Optimizer, making for overall superior home viewing.

As usual, there is a smorgasbord of bonus materials, including the brand new animated short Jack-Jack Attack, which finally shows us what the Incredible baby was up to with the sitter while the rest of the family was out saving the world. Of feature quality, this laugh-filled four minutes cleverly adds to the main film with great visual gags, a sort of ‘mini-midquel’.

The Incredible Awards:
  • In addition to winning the Best Animated Feature Oscar, The Incredibles also won the award for Sound Editing (Michael Silvers and Randy Thom), the first animated feature to do so. It was also nominated for Original Screenplay (Brad Bird) and Sound Mixing (Gary A. Rizzo, Randy Thom and Doc Kane).
  • At the Golden Globes, The Incredibles was nominated for Best Picture - Musical or Comedy.
  • John Walker was nominated for Best Picture for The Incredibles by the Producers Guild of America.
  • The American Cinema Editors nominated Stephen Schaffer for their award (Musical or Comedy).
  • In a first ever for an animated film, Lou Romano was nominated for the Art Directors Guild award for production design (Period or Fantasy).
  • The Incredibles swept the Annie Awards, winning in every category it was nominated in, including: Best Animated Feature, Music, Character Design, Character Animation, Animated Effects, Production Design, Storyboarding and three awards for Brad Bird himself: Director, Writing and Voice Acting (as Edna Mode, beating out co-star Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone).
  • In addition to the Oscar, The Incredibles won Best Animated Feature from the Broadcast Film Critics Association, the National Board of Review, the Online Film Critics Society and film critic organizations from New York, Los Angeles, Dallas-Fort Worth, Florida, Kansas City, Las Vegas, Phoenix, San Diego and Seattle.

Boundin’ , the charmingly delightful Oscar-nominated short about a lamb, a pair of shears and a Jackalope (first shown in theaters with The Incredibles) is also featured, with an optional Audio Commentary by its creator, Pixar mainstay Bud Luckey. Luckey not only wrote and directed the short, he also did all the voices and wrote the music. The soft-spoken, Montana-born animator is spotlighted in the featurette Who Is Bud Luckey?, which reveals that not only was he instrumental in designing everyone’s favorite toy cowboy for Toy Story, he was also the voice of Agent Rick Dicker in The Incredibles. He started his career in traditional animation (working on the perennial Sesame Street, no less) before switching over to computer animation at the dawn of Pixar.

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