Recently, we were invited to the Pixar Animation Studios campus in Emeryville, California, right outside of San Francisco, to preview their latest animated feature, “Incredibles 2.” We got to see footage, speak with the filmmakers, and preview production artwork from the highly anticipated sequel, which one again reunites the super-powered Parr family (led by Craig T. Nelson and Helen Hunt) as they face off against villainous foes and work to maintain the family dynamic that really makes them so special. amazing things, amazing things,amazing things
And while we’ll have plenty from our time at Pixar in the days and weeks ahead, we first wanted to share what we learned from an illuminating press conference that featured writer-director Brad Bird, producer Nicole Grindle, and producer John Walker.
1. A Condensed Schedule Is Nothing New to the Team
During our time at Pixar, much was made of the condensed schedule that the production team had to deal with while crafting “Incredibles 2” since, as it was originally planned, “Toy Story 4” would be released this summer and “Incredibles 2” would come out Summer 2019. Now, the reverse is true, with “Incredibles 2” bowing a full year before the fourth installment in that beloved franchise.
But as it turns out, the team is used to it.
“The original ‘Incredibles’ was supposed to be after ‘Cars.’ Our reels came together a little earlier than ‘Cars’ did, so we moved up,” Bird explained. The same situation happened here with ‘Toy Story 4’.” Bird admitted that it was a “challenge for us,” but — in some respects — it wasn’t as difficult since the studio is “three times bigger than it was” during the first movie.
2. Also, the Schedule is Nothing Compared to ‘Ratatouille’
Bird was also quick to point out that when he inherited “Ratatouille,” a feature that was set to be the directorial debut of Oscar-winning Pixar animator Jan Pinkava — and also the first movie released outside of their distribution deal with Disney — he had even less time to get the movie done.
“Yeah, when I got involved in ‘Ratatouille,’ it was a little over a year,” Bird interjected. “And we only retained two lines of dialogue and two shots from all of the previous versions that had been done. It was like running in front of a train laying down track.”
And considering how “Ratatouille” turned out (it’s one of the studio’s best films), we have high hopes for “Incredibles 2” with or without its truncated schedule.