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The Incredibles (2004)

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Commentary 1: Screenwriter/director Brad Bird and producer John Walker Rating:7.4/10 (17 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on June 27th, 2005:Find all reviews by directorscut
Director Bird may be a genius but he appears to be more interested in using the medium of commentaries as a shout out for his crew than to share his gifts with his aspiring audience. I must fail to understand what end credits are for. Still, there is talk about the film's creative process, the principles of the story and the difficulty in bringing the film to the screen. And the conversation is thankfully fairly lively. It would have been great if there if where more of this and less of the shout outs.
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
This is an enjoyable commentary to listen to once, for one simple reason: Brad Bird's infective enthusiasm. He's like a proud parent handing you a cigar and showing you pictures of his babies. Unfortunately that is also the weakness of this commentary. At one point he realizes himself that the two things he says repeatedly throughout are 1) How thankful and proud he is of everyone who helped breathe life into his story, and 2) how hard it was to breathe life into this film. However, There is more fawning and less detail behind the how. Fortunately, much of this was remedied in the accompany 'behind the scenes' featurettes on the accompanying disc. The thing is, all this fawning should have been directed not to the commentary's audience, but to the people whose names scroll at the end of the film. Perhaps Brad Bird simply didn't understand who the audience for his commentary truly was?
Reviewed by The Cubist on December 3rd, 2007:Find all reviews by The Cubist
Bird points out that the filmís opening flashback sequence was given a slightly golden hue and saturated with color to establish that this was the best time of the charactersí lives. The two men constantly praise their hard-working crew for achieving the look and feel that they strove to achieve. Bird touches upon some of the filmís themes and plot points in this engaging and informative track.
Reviewed by maarow on March 17th, 2008:Find all reviews by maarow
Brad Bird, who's gradually morphing into one of my favorite directors, is very amusing to listen to in the commentary for The Incredibles. As the other reviewers mention, he does spend a bit of time dropping names of all the people who helped with the movie, but he usually catches himself, and there's a lot of good info sprinkled throughout. Bird's enthusiasm and passion really come through, and you get a sense of why everybody was willing to work so hard on his movie.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
Man this was just a very long acceptance speech at the oscars. They just mention a ton of names who did a fantastic job. Yeah we get it, now talk about the actual movie! And when theyíre not naming names they talk about how impossible it is to name everyone so sorry to them and we should really just talk about the movie. They constantly do that, and after two minutes he mentions the guy who did the hair in that scene. At one point he talks about how pissed off he gets when people think that animation is a genre, and that it is infact an artform. He says that an animation movie can be anything from a western to a comedy, but look, a pixar film is great, but they are very similar. If you like one youíll like another.

You could just replace this commentary with the credits and run one name for 5 seconds each the entire length of the movie. Annoying. 4/10
Reviewed by Uniblab on December 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Uniblab
A waste of time. Bird says in the beginning that he's angry with peolple calling animation a genre and bla-bla-bla, but he spends the entirety of the commentary mentioning and discussing very uninteresting technical minutiae. One can barely catch a glimpse about how the writing of the script came about, what inspired him, why the movie finally went to Pixar after he tried to make it as a cartoon, and so on and so forth. Producer Walker's participation is extremely weak and he doesn't say anything worthwhile that I can remember.
Reviewed by ipatrick on August 19th, 2015:Find all reviews by ipatrick
I found Bird engaging and his motivations for storytelling interesting, check the deleted scenes which are an interesting addition to the commentary. this is a very well packaged dvd and it gave me a new found respect for animation as a genre, HA!
Commentary 2: Pixar animators Rating:7.0/10 (11 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by directorscut on June 27th, 2005:Find all reviews by directorscut
Cluttered and dull. When will DVD producers grasp the fact that the majority of effects commentaries are just plain uninteresting? Unless you are using one, computers tend to be boring. It's like watching someone play a video game. It may be fun for them but you sit impatiently waiting for something to entertain YOU. The technical jargon, without explanation for those of us who don't know, doesn't make it much easier to access either. Overall a disappointing set of tracks for a great, great film.
Reviewed by shatneresque on March 24th, 2006:Find all reviews by shatneresque
This commentary is outstanding if you have even the slightest interest in animation. The guys talk a mile a minute, and sometimes you have to go back a little to catch eveyrthing, but despite the density, it's a very informative track. I learned quite a bit from it, but it requires your full attention while listening. You can't just let it go in the background.
Reviewed by ZachsMind on August 31st, 2006:Find all reviews by ZachsMind
This commentary actually plays as if it were a highlight audio reel of a half dozen commentaries. As if they took between two and four people from different departments at Pixar and put them in the same room at different times, then some poor soul trudged through the resulting hours of audio tape and found gems of information that coincide with what's on the screen. The end result is a well-edited, delightful romp through the minds of the geniuses who really put this thing together. From the legend-like fawning over The Three Caballeros ("how DO spaniards know so much about physics?") to intricate descriptions of how certain scenes and elements were conceived and developed. Discussions about "Universal Man" are fascinating, as are little things like how they repeatedly acted out moments themselves to get the anatomy just right ("I was kissing myself in the mirror man" "yeah we were worried about you"), or what it was like to animate to the voices of Craig T Nelson and Holly Hunter, and how some famous people don't make good animated voices, and why. Admittedly, this sort of commentary would only interest people with an above average fascination with computer animation (like me). Although fun, it's not necessarily for a mainstream audience.
Reviewed by Buldrebisk on August 21st, 2009:Find all reviews by Buldrebisk
And I thought the first one was bad. These guys and gal are recorded together and while they are great animators, no doubt, they donít understand the art of commentating. They sit and chat like they would at an office party and complement each other on details like how they did the hair, cloth, water, glasses and food. Yeah, itís hard to be an animator, write an article in the booklet instead, and donít feel the need to fill an entire movie with your comments. Boring. 3/10