In March 2014, Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles, was working on its long awaited sequel. While we're still waiting on more details about the upcoming movie — such as where exactly it will pick up the story of Bob and Helen's superhuman family — let's reminisce about the first installment that was released back in 2004.
Beyond The Cartoons has compiled an impressive list of no less than 50 facts about the Pixar movie, from trivia about the voice cast to hints at the Marvel Universe. Here are ten of them that will make you want to watch it again.
1. Brad Bird Waited Seven Years To Pitch His Idea For 'The Incredibles'
Brad Bird, the director of The Incredibles who also worked on Ratatouille, came up with the concept for the movie in 1993. But it took seven years for him to pitch the story — until he got in touch with John Lasseter in 2000 and joined Pixar after five years of their attempts to recruit him.
2. Brad Bird Was Inspired By 'Nick Fury: Agent Of SHIELD'
Considering that the Incredibles all have superpowers, it's really no surprise that their creator found inspiration in the Marvel universe. Bird said he drew from Jim Steranko's Nick Fury: Agent Of SHIELD comic books, but there's also a strong similarity between the Incredibles family and the Fantastic Four.
3. Brad Bird Voiced Edna Mode
Edna Mode, whose life lessons are one of the most rememberable aspect of the film, was voiced by the director himself! His voiceover was supposed to be temporary but it worked so well that the team decided to keep it.
4. The Film Contains A Reference To A113, A Classroom In The School Where Bird Studied
The number A113 appears twice in The Incredibles — first when Mr. Incredible has a meeting in the A113 conference room, and later when he's held captive in the cell block 12 on level A1. It refers to a classroom at Brad Bird's school, the California Institute of the Arts, which counts several Pixar employees among its alumni. Bird also inserted the reference in a '80s TV show titled Amazing Stories and in every episode of The Simpsons that he worked on.
5. There Is No Pizza Planet Truck In 'The Incredibles'!
Although the Pizza Planet Truck is one of the most famous Easter Eggs at Pixar, having appeared in almost every film, it's not in The Incredibles.
6. Mirage's Number Spells Out 'Superhero'
After Mirage piques Mr. Incredible's curiosity, she leaves him with a toll-free phone number so he can contact her: 866-787-7476. It turns out that if you type the last seven digits on a number pad, you get "suprhro."
7. Sarah Vowell Voiced Violet Even Though She Had Never Acted Before
Sarah Vowell is an author and journalist, but Bird decided to contact her after hearing her voice on This American Life. She also had to use a lot of imagination to picture the character of Violet, as her hair took so long to digitally create that Vowell only got to see her bald during production.
8. More Than One Character's Name Encountered Legal Rights Issues
Bomb Voyage and Elastigirl gave the movie makers two sorts of legal rights issues: The former was meant to be Bomb Pérignon, but Pixar didn't get the authorization from the champagne brand Dom Pérignon. DC Comics, on the other hand, let the film use the name of Elastigirl, who they own the rights to, as long as she was called Mrs. Incredible in the promotional material.
9. The Superheroes Whose Costumes Failed Them Were At Bob And Helen's Wedding
If you look closely at the benches of the church during Mr. and Mrs. Incredible's/Bob and Helen Parr's wedding, you'll see Dynaguy, Stratogale, Thunderhead and Meta Man — the superheroes who later perished because of a wardrobe malfunction.
10. Mr. Incredible's GPS Is Based On The Neighborhood Around The Pixar Office
In Mr. Incredible's car, the green-colored GPS map uses names of the streets around Pixar's real life headquarters in Emeryville, California.
How many of these trivia facts did you already know about? Are you looking forward to 'The Incredibles 2'?
Source: Beyond The Cartoons