The Making of 'the Incredibles'
The production of the movie, "The Incredibles," shot behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios.The production of the movie, "The Incredibles," shot behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios.The production of the movie, "The Incredibles," shot behind the scenes at Pixar Animation Studios.
It turns out Brad was never really interested in making a computer animated picture until his college buddy and Pixar pioneer John Lassiter asked him if he had any story ideas lying around. Out of their class, BB was the last of that group to become a director, explains Lassiter, who is seen as always in front of a growing collection of Toy Story merchandising, wearing loud shirts of ever increasing size. Lucky for John, Big Bird did have a story in his head for over ten years, and because of this, found it extraordinary difficult to leave some of the stuff that did'nt work on the cutting room floor. (cue video of Bird arguing with the producer). Elsewhere on the DVD, Bird-Man mentions that each time someone came up with a change to one of his original ideas, it took a whole lot of persuading before he finally saw it their way. But the overriding sentiment of this making off remains that Brad is still a super-powered genius. Lest you think the whole half hour is wall to wall Brad, rest assured: a special mention goes out to the three supervising editors on the picture, collectively known as the Three Caballeros, three more or less computer illiterate traditional hand drawn kind of guys brought in by the Bradster so he would not be alone amongst the tech-no nerds.
Of course, no Pixar production could be complete without a gentle a sideswipe at Dreamworks: Tony Fucile claims they used caricatures of people, because they are more believable in animation than 'realistic' humans. Still, this is nothing compared to statements made on promotional material released when the Incredibles was first released, which had the Pixar people pretending Shrek, Final Fantasy and all other non-Disney productions were never produced, saying this was the first computer animation film ever that starring actual humans, with actual hair, wearing real clothes and all. One animator living in complete denial claimed the only CGI clothes they had ever done before was one shirt in Monsters Inc. But you know, what they say: healthy competition brings out the best in people. And with Brad Bird at the helm, they have to 'use every part of the buffalo', like the Indians did.
7 out of 10 buffalo parts.
- Nov 5, 2006