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Jason Lee (Buddy/Syndrome) recorded his vocals in four days, while Craig T. Nelson (Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible) recorded his vocals over the span of two years.
Lily Tomlin was considered for the part of Edna Mode but turned it down when she heard Brad Bird's vocal performance, saying, "What do you need me for? You got it already."
Samuel L. Jackson was cast as the voice of Frozone because Brad Bird wanted the character to have the coolest voice.
Helen's use of radio protocol while flying is exceptionally accurate for a movie. In the director's commentary Brad Bird tells that Holly Hunter insisted on learning the lingo and its meaning. The terminology used hints that Elastigirl has had military flight training.
  • "VFR on top" means she is flying in the regime of Visual Flight Rules 'on top' of a cloud cover.


  • She requests "vectors to the initial", directions how to get to the initial landing approach.


  • "Angels 10" is her altitude call, ten thousand feet. This is a military term. Civilian flights use the term "flight level".


  • "Track east" is her direction of travel.


  • "Buddy spike(d)" is a US military brevity code meaning "friendly anti-aircraft radar has locked on to me, (please don't shoot)".


  • "Transmitting in the Blind Guard" is a call on the emergency frequency where 2-way communication has not been established.


  • "Abort" is also a military brevity code, a directive meaning "stop the action/mission/attack".


Edna, the costume lady, is based on Edith Head, who worked as a studio costume designer on hundreds of movies over more than fifty years.
The movie's line "You sly dog! You got me monologuing!" was voted as the #15 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
Brad Bird was listening to Public Radio International and heard Sarah Vowell, a frequent contributor to the PRI program "This American Life". He felt her voice was perfect for Violet even though she had never acted before. To convince her, Pixar animators animated one of Vowell's segments from "This American Life" and sent it to her.
Syndrome's unusual way of walking was supposedly inspired by a Pixar employee who someone had noticed had a very strange walk and commented on it. His or her attempts to curb the strange walk were the basis of Syndrome and his purposeful walking style.
In the Singaporean version of the film, the company "Insuricare" is translated into "Black-hearted insurance company" if read literally in the Chinese character subtitles.
John Lasseter tried to coax Brad Bird to come join him in 1995 when Pixar was working on A Bug's Life (1998). Bird declined. When he later left 20th Century Fox, Lasseter asked again but Bird turned him down again as he had a contract with Warner Brothers to make The Iron Giant (1999). However, when Warners failed to properly promote the film, Bird finally agreed to join Pixar. Lasseter had only one request for his friend: make the film you've been dying to make. As Bird had been sitting on the idea of making a cartoon about a family of superheroes for over a decade, "The Incredibles" was the natural choice.
When Mr. Incredible is called into Mr. Huph's office, at one point Mr. Huph places his hand on a piece of paper. Judging from Mr. Incredible's expression, it seems like this paper is a termination notice. Actually, it is a memo to all employees, letting them know they will be responsible for buying all of their office supplies. It also states that parking will be metered by the hour, and that their electricity usage will be deducted from their paychecks. The letter concludes by saying that Insuricare has "recorded its highest profits in years."
Mirage's toll-free phone number on her calling card is 866-787-7476, an unregistered phone number at the time of the movie's original release. However, when compared to the letters on a typical phone pad, the last seven digits spell out the word "suprhro". The phone number was active as of the DVD's release. It contained Mirage's voice directing you to the movie's Web site and told you to input the phone number on the site to get access to secret information (including a deleted scene not included on the DVD). The requirement to enter the phone number was subsequently removed and the phone number no longer works.
This is the first Pixar film to feature a nuclear family (mother, father, children).
Brad Bird drove his teams hard to be as creative as possible, insisting on greater attention to details and characters than any other previous Pixar production. The teams responded by pumping the film full of references and in-jokes, one of the most noticeable being the villain Syndrome being modeled on Bird himself.
There are strong similarities to another family of super-heroes: Marvel Comics' The Fantastic Four. Mr. Incredible (Bob Parr) has super-strength like the Thing (Ben Grimm); Elastigirl (Helen Parr) is able to stretch her body like Mr. Fantastic (Reed Richards); Violet is able to turn invisible and project force-fields like the Invisible Woman (Susan Storm Richards); and baby Jack-Jack briefly shows an ability to turn himself into living flame like the Human Torch. Jack-Jack bears an even stronger resemblance to Reed and Susan Richards' son Franklin, a mutant with the power to alter reality. Like Bob and Helen Parr, Reed and Susan Richards are husband and wife, and have children with powers. Like Violet and impulsive Dash Parr, Susan and the impulsive Johnny Storm are elder sister and younger brother. The costumes of the Incredibles are red unitards with black collars, trunks, gloves and boots with an "i" emblem in the chest area. The costumes of the Fantastic Four are blue unitards with black collars, belts, gloves, and boots with a "4" emblem in the chest area. Both sets of costumes are made to adapt to the wearer's specific powers and abilities. The super-villain that appears at the end of the movie calling himself the Underminer is a dead ringer for The Mole Man, a longtime foe of the FF, and the image of the first FF cover is briefly mimicked. In fact, makers of Fantastic Four (2005) were forced to make significant script changes and add more special effects because of similarities to the storyline of The Incredibles.
When Frozone starts speed skating, his moves are clearly modeled after Olympic gold medalist Shani Davis. Davis jokingly remarked in a Dutch program that he was really upset, because he didn't get any type of money for it. ("Yeah it's me, who else swings his arms like that!")
Brad Bird got the idea for the film in the early 1990s, basing the story on his own experiences trying to balance a career with family.
In the beginning of the film, when a robber is going through a woman's purse on the roof of a building, a Mr. Incredible Pez dispenser can be seen among the items scattered on the ground.
DC Comics objected to the name Elastigirl, due to their character Elasti-Girl. A compromise was reached whereas outside of the film (promotional materials, etc.) Elastigirl would be known as Mrs. Incredible.
The scene where Edna Mode recounts the fate of various other superheroes proved to be problematic in that most of the names chosen for the superheroes in question had already been used or optioned.
Syndrome's zero-point energy beam is based on an actual physics concept, the zero-point field, demonstrated in 1948 via the Casimir Effect and essential to Stephen Hawking's theory that black holes eventually evaporate. Harnessing the zero-point field would be quite a feat, as it would yield a virtually infinite source of energy.
Seen attending Bob and Helen's wedding are (left to right) Gazerbeam, Edna "E" Mode, and government agent Rick Dicker sitting in the front row, as well as Dynaguy, Stratogale, Thunderhead, and Metaman in the pew behind them. The latter four have one thing in common: they're all seen later (for the last time) in flashbacks within Edna's "No Capes!" monologue. In the superhero database on the DVD, it says for those same heroes Edna mentioned, "Died in action, suit malfunction."
When Bob Parr (Mr. Incredible) returns home from saving civilians from a burning building with Frozone, he is humming the Incredibles theme song.
When Elastigirl is attempting to discern the location of Mr. Incredible in the island's command center, you see her looking at an energy consumption grid. You then learn that Mr. Incredible is on Level A1, in Cell Block 13, or A113. Previously in the film, Mr. Incredible has a meeting in Conference Room A113 before the second Omnidroid fight. A113 is a frequent Pixar in-joke based on one of the room numbers for the animation program at Cal Arts.
Brad Bird's son Nicholas Bird is the voice for the little boy on the tricycle. The little boy on the tricycle is named Rusty; this is revealed only in the film credits and in a comic published in Disney Adventures Magazine.
Right before Mr. Incredible beats up the guards in order to escape the island, you see them watching footage of the city being destroyed by Syndrome's robot. As one of the guards pops open a bottle of champagne, you hear him say, "Every time they run, you take a shot..." - they are making up a drinking game based on the robot's destruction.
Clothing, with its textures, weaving and stitching, is notoriously difficult to achieve in computer simulation. Given that there are over 95 different outfits worn by the characters in the film, a tailor was brought in to the studio to explain the intricacies of clothes design.
On the far left of the middle shelf in Bob's home office, the Rock 'em Sock 'em robots who spoke in Toy Story 2 (1999) can be seen.
As with other Pixar productions, the original trailer for this film featured animation made specially for the trailer and not appearing in the final film. It was directed by Brad Bird 18 months before the release of the movie.
When Bob goes to the kitchen to get another plate for Dash, he is reading a newspaper. Across from the page with the story about Simon J. Paladino disappearing, there is a story with the headline "Crime Scene Reveals No Clues". The first sentence of the body of the story reads: "Last night's shootout was no accident. Several men were seen pointing weapons of mass destruction at each other's county's." The rest of the story is about Insuricare and their policy of never paying out on policies.
The Incredibles (2004) is the first, and thus far only, Pixar movie NOT to feature a distinct appearance of the Pizza Planet truck. Many people claim to have spotted it, but screen caps only show blurry, "Rorschach test" images, and nothing that can be clearly identified as the Pizza Planet truck. Lee Unkrich has confirmed that the truck does not appear.
Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston, two of Walt Disney's Nine Old Men (his team of nine supervising master animators from the classic era of animation), provide voices for their own caricatures near the end of the film. They also appeared in and provided the voices for the train engineers in The Iron Giant (1999), which was also directed by Brad Bird. This is not the first time Pixar Animation Studios has included references to famous animators in its films (see the trivia for Monsters, Inc. (2001)).
When Buddy first meets Mr. Incredible, he has put on a hero mask and filled in the area around his eyes with a blue marker. A similar technique was used in all the Batman films to make the eyes of the actor more visible against the black mask.
When Dash and Helen are in the car on their way to Violet's school, Helen tells Dash that everyone is special. His reply, "That's just another way of saying nobody is," mirrors a later quote from the villain Syndrome: "And when EVERYBODY'S super...no one will be."
The first Pixar film not to receive an Oscar nomination for its music.
In order to give Dash a realistic out-of-breath voice, Brad Bird made Spencer Fox run laps around the studio.
In order to get the huge crowds and extra characters the film needed, animators created a "standard man" which could be modified to play different roles. For instance, Dash's teacher, the school principal and the Underminer are all the same character, though heavily modified.
In the climactic battle, a car that would resemble future character Doc Hudson from Cars (2006) can be seen in the far left corner behind Bob, facing away from the camera, and the robot.
The unusual architecture in the film was based on a distinctive style of 1950s space-age futurism known as Googie, most often seen in coffee shops and bowling alleys of the era. Tiki architecture, another 1950s pop style and often considered a form of Googie, is also exemplified in many of the island sets.
Brad Bird originally conceived this as a conventional cel-animated film when he pitched it. The cel-animated sequences seen in the End Credits are a representation of his original concept.
The code title for this film, used during production, was "Tights".
When Edna gives Helen the homing device for the first time in the laboratory, the GPS zooms into the San Francisco area, where the Pixar Animation Studios is located (Emeryville, California) and the old studio building in Point Richmond.
Among the superheroes shown listed in the Kronos database are Universal Man, Psycwave, Everseer, Macroburst, Phylange, Blazestone, Downburst, Hyper Shock, Apogee, Blitzerman, Tradewind, Vectress, Gazerbeam, Stormicide, Gamma Jack, ElastiGirl, Frozone, and Mr. Incredible.
To record the Henry Mancini- and John Barry-inspired jazz-orchestra score, composer Michael Giacchino eschewed modern digital multi-track recording and returned to the analog recording methods used for jazz-orchestra recordings in the 1960s. "We were just like, 'Forget that, let's throw everyone in the room, let's pretend we only have three microphones, and let's get it right. Let's just do it.'"
Syndrome's facial features are based on those of the film's director, Brad Bird.
Most of the story takes place in a city called Metroville. It's a combination of Metropolis and Smallville, which are, respectively, the cities where Superman lives and where he was raised. In the beginning of the film (supposedly before they were relocated), Bob, Helen and Lucius Best (Frozone) are living in Municiberg, another play on Metropolis, both roughly meaning "hometown".
In the theatrical release, the reel markers are The Incredibles logo.
The sound effects of the flying saucers that were being driven on the island is actually the sound of a muffled Indy car.
During development, villain Bomb Voyage was named Bomb Perignon. The famous champagne maker would not provide legal rights for the use of the name, however, so the name was changed.
Brad Bird's turn as Edna Mode was accidental. He had originally voiced the character as a temp track. Subsequent searches for alternate voices proved fruitless.
In the original script, Syndrome only appeared in the opening scene. When the Pixar animators responded much more strongly to him than the main villain (originally named Xerek), he was moved to that role.
"Mr. Sansweet", the character who sues Mr. Incredible in the movie's early plot set up, is an insider's homage to Steve Sansweet, a George Lucas associate who handles fan club and memorabilia aspects for the company, and who also appeared uncredited in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999).
Frozone's aftershave is Hai Karate, a real '60s/'70s aftershave brand.
EASTER EGG: On the second of the 2-disc collectors edition DVD, wait on the Main Menu for the Omnidroid icon to appear on the upper-right of the screen. It disappears and reappears slowly. The Egg contains a collection of miscellaneous scenes from the movie: all of the buttons being pushed, and all of the explosions.
The stained glass window above the entrance to the church where Bob and Helen get married resembles the I on Mr. Incredible's original blue costume.
The first Disney/Pixar film to receive PG rating.
The original title was "The Invincibles".
Inside Robert Parr's cubicle is a danger sign. The image is the lightning bolt of DC Comics's Captain Marvel (SHAZAM!) using the red of his uniform instead of the gold. It is in the distinctive shape of the Marvel family (Captain Marvel, Mary Marvel, Captain Marvel Jr., and Black Adam), not that of the various Flash costumes. When Mr. Incredible gets his new fancy car, the emblem on the hood is in the triangular shape of the Golden Age Superman symbol. The black ray-like vehicle that delivers Mr. Incredible to the island is a reference to the Black Manta, an enemy of Aquaman and member of the Legion of Doom. And Gazer-Beam is a direct reference to both Marvel Comics's Cyclops of the X-Men (the eye-beam/visor) and Daredevil (secret identity of lawyer Matt Murdock).
In the early part of the film, there is a repeated theme of pencils being knocked over. Dropping pencils is a standard demo feature of dynamics programming in 3D design applications.
Metroville High School's mascot (that Violet Parr attends) is the Spartans, and their colors are baby blue and white, this is the same as Brad Bird's High School in Corvallis, Oregon.
As of 2012, the only Pixar movie to win an Academy Award for a category other than Best Animated Picture (Best Sound Editing).
In the whole movie, you can see 35 explosions, 189 buttons being pressed, and approximately 640 gunshots.
The Parr family's original car resembles a 1950s Nash. Bob's new car is essentially a combination of a 1960s Jaguar E-Type (the front), has a hood logo resembling the Lotus logo, and the back end is basically from a 1963 split-window Corvette.
Mr. Incredible's civilian name was originally to be Bob Smith.
In the opening chase scene, the radio announcer says that the bank robbers are fleeing on San Pablo Avenue. San Pablo Avenue is a real street in Emeryville, California, close to where the Pixar Studios is located. Most of the streets in the map indicator in Mr. Incredible's car are also real streets in Emeryville.
This was originally developed as a traditionally animated cartoon feature at Warner Brothers. The closure of Warners' animation division led Bird to move to Pixar.
Brad Bird has stated that the movie is in part inspired by the comic books of Jim Steranko, whose work on "Nick Fury: Agent of SHIELD" tackled a similar spy/espionage genre.
Michael Kamen was set to score but died in the middle of scoring.
The name of the island that Mr. Incredible is summoned to, Nomanisan Island, is a reference to the well-known book title: "No Man is an Island", written by Thomas Merton, in turn a reference to John Donne's Meditation XVII, 'The Bell': "No man is an island, entire of itself..."
When Buddy, voiced by Jason Lee first enters Mr. Incredible's car, he stutters over the boy's name, first landing on "Brody". "Brody" is a character that Jason Lee played in several Kevin Smith movies.
All four wall clocks in Mr. Huph's office show exactly the same time (clocks mounted in this manner typically show the time in different time zones).
Two of the buildings behind Bob's parked car as he talks with Lucius are Luxo Café and Andy's store, named after characters in Luxo Jr. (1986) and Toy Story (1995).
Quite a lot of German movie-goers were convinced that the look of Mr. Huph was based on actor and comedian Herbert Feuerstein, who provided the voice of Huph in the movie's German version and who is a dead ringer for his on-screen alter-ego. According to Feuerstein, though, he was cast because he "looked the part".
Jack-Jack, the baby boy, is also the nickname Brad Bird and his wife had for one of their sons.
Mr. Huph's pencils read "Your Life Is In Our Hands".
Jason Lee was cast as Syndrome on this strength of his performance as Azrael in Dogma (1999).
At one point Mr. Incredible calls his family life "My greatest adventure." That was the title of a DC Comics series called "My Greatest Adventure" which was most famous for featuring the four-member superhero team the Doom Patrol which has a member named Elastigirl, although her power is to alter her size, not stretch.
The name of the principal at Dash's school is John Walker (as seen on the plaques on his office wall), a reference to producer John Walker.
This was the first film by Pixar whose lighting was designed with LPICS, a design technology developed in-house. With it, lighting designers could view and make lighting changes, and it would take a tenth of a second to show the new image. Previously, it took 2000 seconds to do the same task.
The commentaries by Brad Bird and John Walker which you can hear on The Incredibles DVD, were recorded on September 8th 2004, the same day Frank Thomas passed away.
The handwritten text that zips by sideways at the beginning of Mr. Incredible's footage interview reads: "Pixar Animation Studios production #50840: The Incredibles, reel 1AB."
The tag for Mr. Incredible's sports car is LR 0415. LR stands for "Lou Romano" and "0415" marks his birthday (April 15th).
In the teaser trailer, a small headline at the top of the framed TV Guide on Mr. Incredible's wall reads, "Kevin O'Brien: First Artist on the Moon." Kevin O'Brien is a storyboard artist for the movie.
John Barry was originally hired to score the film in his James Bond-style, but left the project after recording only a few demo themes; some were used for theater trailers.
The code to Edna's Lab is 6395742.
One of the background buildings has a sign for Lozano Records, a reference to cast member Albert Lozano.
The first two trailers released on the internet features (a slightly modified version of) the cover version The Propellerheads made over the theme from On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969). This can be verified by listening to the morse rhythm in the cover version: They spell the first letters from the original movie title: OHMSS (translated into morse: ---/..../--/.../...)
The theme from the James Bond film On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969), composed by John Barry, is used in the previews for this film. The version used in the first trailer is from the CD "Bond: Back in Action" (Escape From Piz Gloria and Ski Chase). The second trailer uses the remix by David Arnold featuring The Propellerheads as it appears on the 1997 albums "Shaken and Stirred - The David Arnold James Bond Project" and "Decksanddrumsandrockandroll"; this second trailer also uses the song "The Planet Plan" from the album "3rd Perspective" by United Future Organization.
Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan felt compelled to dub his voice for the Hindi version because his son Aryan Khan was so impressed by a preview of the original movie. Aryan Khan also lent his voice to the character Dash Parr, son of Mr. Incredible. Actress Negar Khan voiced Mirage and funny man Javed Jaffrey voiced Syndrome. The dubbed Hindi version and the original English version were released simultaneously on 17 December 2004 in India, and distributed by SPE Films.
A new set of outtakes return on the second disk on the special edition DVD. But the outtakes are mistakes made in animation by animators, rather than the traditional outtakes where the characters would mess up their lines if they were actual actors.
The paint scheme of the Metroville Union locomotive is based on the paint scheme that the long-defunct Green Bay & Western RR used on some of its locomotives (ALCo RS-3s and FA-1/FB-1s).

Spoilers 

The trivia items below may give away important plot points.

Helen got the jet from Snug, her old sidekick and pilot when she was Elastigirl. Originally, Snug would have also flown the plane and gotten killed when it was shot down, thus raising the stakes for the characters. The animators convinced Brad Bird to have Helen fly the plane herself, rather than spending money on a minor character for only a few minutes of screen time. The shot of Helen watching the destroyed plane sink into the ocean was apparently filmed when the script still called for Snug's death, explaining her overlong look as the wreckage sinks because, as filmed, it contained the corpse of her friend.
When Bomb Voyage attaches a bomb to Buddy (later Syndrome), it foreshadows what happens to Buddy (Syndrome) later, when his cape gets snagged by a plane propeller.

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