Brad Bird’s 2204 masterpiece The Incredibles is, by many measures, the best superhero movie ever made. In a year that brought us the mediocre Home on the Range, the dreary Shrek 2 and the truly awful Shark Tale, this fine movie stands out even more. Pixar, long revered for protecting story, outdid themselves by juxtaposing the fantastic and the mundane in such a way that it turned the standard cliches on their heads. That alone would have been enough, but the Pixar crew did it all in the service of a great story. Never mind the superlative design, the impeccable animation and the amazing technology; the same can be said of Robots, Ice Age and many lesser animated features. No, the thing that sets this movie apart is its story and crisp direction. Word is that Brad Bird has not ruled out a sequel. Great news, if it happens. And we know that if it isn’t great on the page then it never will happen at all, which is a good thing.
I put up a few panels from the new Englert Theatre Illustrated History. You can get copies at The Englert’s website. . Plans are in the works for a hardbound edition as well. Stay tuned, and click the link above.
Hey all… quick note before bed. I will be adding comics from time to time in the galleries to show current work, random orphaned strips and favorites from the past. At some point I hope this will be a repository for a ton of work and blog posts. But now… it’s high time for bed!
Ok, now I have re-installed this in hopes of figuring out the comics interface on it. The comic has my incorrect name, but oh well. It’s late and I don’t want to spend all night on this!
Well, this neglected animation blog is going to get some new referral. Lots of personal change in my life has spurred me to begin picking up some pieces. I still am in love with animation, but aside from adding another Miyazaki tattoo you wouldn’t know it from my recent activity. Anyway, migrating servers and changing my domain registry will help get things aligned in one place. Look for more to come, and be sure to check out my comics blog at clenchandcheese.com.