Animated sequels are an interesting business. They’re more easy to make since all the character models have been created, but rarely do they come across as sincere and it’s much harder to appease expectations the second time around. If there is one animated sequel I would ever want to see made it’s The Incredibles 2, which was confirmed in development a year ago by Walt Disney CEO Bob Iger. Now the original writer/director Brad Bird has confirmed to be well into the screenplay.
The most successful animated sequels that come to mind are How to Train Your Dragon 2 and the Toy Story trilogy, while Kung Fu Panda 2 and Monsters University did not find as much acclaim as their predecessors, and Cars 2 and the Shrek trilogy are just terrible. My expectations are fairly high for The Incredibles 2, and I’m excited to hear that Bird is going to helm this project for Pixar once again. In a recent interview with Collider he confirms his involvement:
“Oh yeah I have pages, a bunch of pages. I had a lot of ideas for the original Incredibles that I didn’t get a chance to use, that I like. I have ideas that I wanted to pursue a little bit and there wasn’t enough time in Incredibles. There are new ideas I have, and I think there are enough of those together to make an interesting movie. I’m just focusing on getting Tomorrowland out into the world and playing with the Incredibles sandbox again.”
In confidence, Bird makes mention that all his attention will be on The Incredibles 2 as soon as he’s done with Tomorrowland:
“Yeah it feels like it to me, yeah.”
Released in 2004 and directed by Brad Bird, The Incredibles originally starred the voices of Craig T. Nelson as Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible, Holly Hunter as Helen Parr aka Elastigirl, Spencer Fox as Dashiell ‘Dash’ Parr, Sarah Vowell as Violet Parr, Jason Lee as Buddy Pine aka Syndrome, Brad Bird as Edna ‘E’ Mode, and Samuel L. Jackson as Lucius Best aka Frozone. The Incredibles 2 does not have a release date at this time, but we hope to hear something more on the project at D23 Expo this year.