The Annecy International Animated Film Festival (June 11-16) has revealed that its Friday will be turned over to honoring the animation powerhouse Pixar, with the French premiere of Incredibles 2, and Honorary Cristal to director Brad Bird, and more surprises.
Brad Bird will be this year’s recipient of Annecy’s annual Honorary Cristal in recognition of his achievements in the world of animation. The talented American director, screenwriter and producer has written and directed three major animated movies which unmistakably left their imprint on our culture: The Iron Giant, which won a BAFTA Award; and the Pixar films The Incredibles, which won Academy Awards for Best Animated Feature Film Academy Award and for Achievement in Sound Editing, and Ratatouille, which also won the Best Animated Feature Film Oscar.
The long-awaited sequel to Bird’s 2004 feature, Incredibles 2 catches up with the powerful Parr family shortly after the events of the first film. Annecy will premiere the film on Friday, June 15 (subtitled) in the presence of director Brad Bird and producers John Walker (The Incredibles) and Nicole Grindle (Sanjay’s Super Team, assoc. producer Toy Story 3). Incredibles 2 will have its wide release in France on July 4; it opens in the US on June 15. The first movie racked up more than 5.4 million admissions in France in 2004.
In Incredibles 2, Helen is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack – whose superpowers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
Further, this year’s festival will spotlight the 6th Disney Art Challenge, which tasks the students of RECA Schools to imagine “the daily life of a family of superheroes” — inspired by Incredibles 2. The winners will be announced at a prize giving ceremony at Annecy.
More information at www.annecy.org.