7 Things You Did Not Know About The Incredibles Movies
Everyone—no matter if you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart—has a special kind of love and admiration for The Incredibles. Now with two films, the superhero family is on top of everyone’s mind, especially since no one can stop talking about how adorable young Jack-Jack is! With Disney’s very own connection to the superhero world, The Incredibles movies have subtle connections to the greats, from Marvel and DC, like Superman, and even the Fantastic Four. Additionally, being produced under the Disney name, the company made subtle ‘easter eggs’ throughout the film to node to notable staff and employee family members.
Read on as we go in depth about every nuance and detail you probably didn’t know about all seven of the Incredibles. Your mouth will drop once discovering these fun and must-know facts (we know ours did) about our favorite bad-guy, butt-kicking family.
The city Metroville was named after cities from the Superman comic series.
If you’re a Superman fan, you probably know young Clark Kent grew up in the small town of well… Smallville, which was next to the big urban city of Metropolis. When Clark earned his first gig as a journalist, he was living in Metropolis. The mixture of these two iconic superhero cities were mixed together to create the Incredibles city of Metroville.
Edna Mode character may be based off Disney’s costume designer Edith Head.
While this is speculation, many believe screenwriter and director Brad Bird developed the character of Edna Mode to reflect the eight-time Academy Award-winning costume designer Edith Head. While this is not 100 percent confirmed, they do hold strong character similarities. Some also say that Edna could also be Vogue’s iconic editor-in-chief Anna Wintour or beloved actress Linda Hunt.
The original name for the film was supposed to be The Invincibles.
When Brad Bird originally announced the film and the concept to both the Disney producers and the initial public, the name of the film was pitched as The Invincibles. It would tell the story of a family of superheroes who were also just your average middle class family—a father going through a midlife crisis, an overworked and caring mother, a shy teenage girl, a cocky young boy, and a baby. Then somewhere along the way the movie changed names to, The Incredibles. Why? No one knows.
The screenwriters had to change a lot of the wording because it was too reflective of the Fantastic Four.
Besides Jack-Jack, who is too young to fight crime, this family of four is a crime-fighting squad. While also sharing the number four, Elastigirl shared the same superpower as Mister Fantastic, Mr. Incredible shared similar superhero strength to the Thing, Jack-Jack can ignite like the Human Torch, and Violet can shield with a forcefield and turn invisible just like Invisible Girl. The other key indicator? Mr. Incredibles’ original blue suit—which matches the Fantastic Fours, too.
Jack-Jack was named after the director’s Brad Bird’s, son
Brad Bird tweeted to his fan base that baby Jack-Jack was in fact named after his middle son, Jack. Claiming he used to call his child ‘Jack-Jack’ when he was a baby, around this time is when he had the idea to write The Incredibles—hence the name of this adorable character.
The actor who played Helen/Elastigirl took classes to learn proper military radio protocol
Actress Holly Hunter insisted that she take up flying classes to learn the proper air-traffic control lingo for when her plane was being attacked by missiles. Talk about going above and beyond to secure believability in your role!
The Incredibles can be found at Disney
Yes, that’s right! Our favorite Disney family and extras like Frozone and Edna’s characters can be found throughout the parks. Talk to a specialized Disney travel agent today to book your vacation and get an up close and personal look at all the characters from The Incredibles movies.