Just when the indies thought it was safe to go back into theaters, the fall movie season has been invaded by another Hollywood blockbuster that’s sure to have an incredible opening weekend. The Incredibles, a Disney presentation of a Pixar film, bows today with a mission to kick Sony’s The Gudge out of the top spot at the box office and turn theaters back over to the family crowd.
Directed by Brad Bird (The Iron Giant, TV’s The Simpsons), The Incredibles is the story of a family of undercover superheroes trying to live a quiet, suburban life when they are forced back into action in order to save the world. Craig T. Nelson (Poltergeist, TV’s Coach,) stars as the voice of Mr. Incredible and Holly Hunter (Thirteen, Raising Arizona) as his wife, Elastigirl. Author and NPR contributor Sarah Vowell lends her voice to incredible daughter Violet, and Daryl Sabara Jr. from the Spy Kids movies plays her speedy brother, Dash. Samuel L. Jackson and Jason lee also bring star power to the voice cast. Brad Bird himself provides the voice of one of the film’s funniest characters, Edna ‘E’ Mode.
Nelson is probably hoping we’d forget his first voiceover gig. While he was uncredited, it is known in certain circles that he lent his voice to a hilarious stop-motion animated monster named God Porno in the 1974 live-action cult favorite, Flesh Gordon.
In addition to ending The Grudge’s two-week reign of terror, The Incredibles is sure to take some of the residual wind out of the sails of DreamWorks’ animated pic, Shark Tale, which has been treading water in the top five after five weeks in theaters. DreamWorks has issued a bit of a challenge by releasing its megahit, Shrek 2, on home video today. With the DVD and VHS sales expected to top The Incredibles’ box office take this weekend, the plan may just succeed in stealing a bit of thunder from the Disney/Pixar camp.
Warner Bros. Pictures is pumping even more 3D animation into theaters this weekend with a special nationwide sneak preview of The Polar Express on Saturday, Nov. 6, at 4 p.m. The film will screen in approximately 500 venues and in specially selected IMAX houses in IMAX 3D. The sneak peek is intended to help build word-of-mouth for the movie’s nationwide opening on Wednesday, Nov. 10.
The only other wide release opening today is Paramount’s Alfie remake, which stars Jude Law in a role made famous by Michael Caine in 1966. Despite an aggressive marketing campaign, the character piece is likely to get overshadowed by the start of the holiday film season.
Accompanying The Incredibles in theaters is the Oscar-nominated Pixar short Boundin’ from director Bud Lucky, who also voices a character in the feature. Go behind the scenes at Pixar with our cover story on The Incredibles in December Issue of Animation Magazine, available now.