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The Incredibles - Preview



Preview by: Jack Foley

THERE are few safer bets in Hollywood than a new film from the Pixar crew.

The animators extraordinaire seem to possess the Midas touch at the Box Office, thanks to the success of films such as Toy Story, Monsters Inc and last year’s runaway success, Finding Nemo.

Their latest, due for release in December, is called The Incredibles, and centres around a retired former super-hero, Mr Incredible, and his wife, as they hide out in the Witness Protection Programme, away from the glare of super-villains and lawsuits.

Having built a new life and family, however, Mr Incredible is called back into action to save the world one more time - with the inevitable hilarity ensuing.

A teaser trailer, featuring Mr Incredible’s attempts to squeeze into his costume, has been doing the rounds for some time, but a new version, which shows more of the film (including a search for said costume) merely serves to heighten the buzz surrounding the project.

Pixar have yet to deliver a dud, and this shows no signs of being their first.

The film features the vocal talents of Brad Bird and Craig T Nelson, as well as Samuel L Jackson, Jason Lee and John Ratzenberger - and looks a fairly safe bet to become the runaway family hit of the Christmas season, particularly given the absence of a Lord of the Rings movie!

The Incredibles will also be notable for being one of the final films as part of Pixar’s distribution deal with Disney (Cars, the final film, is due in 2005). Apparently, the two parties could not reach a mutually satisfying agreement on a new deal.

In a statement released earlier this year, Steve Jobs, Pixar CEO, said: "After ten months of trying to strike a deal with Disney, we’re moving on. We’ve had a great run together - one of the most successful in Hollywood history - and it’s a shame that Disney won’t be participating in further Pixar successes."

The successes in question equate to over $2.5 billion at the box office, as well as more than 150 million in DVD and video sales.

According to many reports at the time, the main stumbling point came as Pixar sought a deal much like the one that George Lucas has with 20th Century Fox - which means that they would pay the distributor very little and keep all the profits.
Needless to say, every major studio is now attempting to secure their services.

In the meantime, Disney will be looking to The Incredibles to boost its flagging fortunes, given that the studio is having a bad year.

Its big budget epic, The Alamo, bombed at the US Box Office, while the company has also been at the centre of the controversy surrounding Michael Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11 - the rights to which have now been sold to the Weinsteins.

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