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by
Laurence Washington

Studio:
     Disney
Plot:
     An animated tale of a dysfunctional family of super heroes who are forced into action to save the world
Cast:
     Samuel L. Jackson, Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter
Rating:
     PG
Bottom Line:
     ****

Coverage:

Unlike Pixar’s usual animation fare, "Monster’s Inc.," "Toy Story" and "Finding Nemo," Pixar’s award-winning animation wizards decided to take a human look at suburbia through the eyes of superheroes.

The premise (which relies of the James Bond formula, the Power Puff Girls and ‘50s superhero comic books) follows the adventures of Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), who has all the powers of Superman, save for the flying shtick. Mr. Incredible, and other supers, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) and Frozone (who can freeze objects), are forced to retired under the government's Superhero Relocation Program, because even though they have saved the day countless times with superheroes have generated too many lawsuits by an ungrateful populace.

Ten years later Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl are now married suburbanites Bob and Helen Parr. Bob is an insurance agent whose giant frame is squeezed into a cubicle at work. And Helen is a stay at home mom with three kids, two of which have superpowers that she tries in vein to curtail.

Under the guise of bowling night, Mr. Incredible and Frozone (Samuel L. Jackson) sneak away once a week from their wives to do a little low-profile daring do. Then one day a mysterious woman named Mirage (Elizabeth Pena) asks Mr. Incredible to come to a secret Pacific island to see if he can defeat the Omnidroid 7 robot. Chafing from the yoke of suburbia, Mr. Incredible eagerly accepts and handily beats robot.

However, Mr. Incredible soon discovers that the Omnidroid 7 is a prototype of a race of robots soon to be unleashed upon the world by the evil Syndrome, a former Mr. Incredible fan. Syndrome had programmed the Omnidroid 7 to learn from each mistake it made while battling Mr. Incredible. He then programmed the corrections into the next generation of Omnidroid robots. With the world now hanging in the balance, Mr. Incredible, his family and Frozone must now battle Syndrome’s robot and save the day.

Pixar had gone out on a limb making a PG animated feature, but it works because of the story’s family values. Its more than cartoon characters. The film surprisingly has substance for a animated feature. It’s a triumph that kids and adults will love and laugh through because it works on several levels.

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