Preliminary Questions

The film begins with a series of black-and-white TV interviews of Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, and Frozone as they discuss issues like the frustrations of constantly needing to re-save society, having a secret identity, dating, and gender roles. The film then move to color to show Mr. Incredible saving a cat, stopping a robbery, meeting a boy who wants to be his sidekick, stopping a mugger, flirting with Elastigirl, saving a suicide jumper, stopping a bomber, saving Buddy (the boy sidekick who wants to be “Incrediboy”), stopping an elevated train wreck, and giving orders to the police all on his way to get married to Elastigirl. The scene ends with their marriage.

Questions:

  1. Who are the characters introduced in this section? (Mr. Incredible, Elastigirl, Frozone, Bomb Voyage, Incrediboy/Buddy) What are their super powers?
  2. How does Elastigirl feel about her powers in the interview? Why does she feel this way?
  3. Describe the relationship between Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl.
  4. What do the superheroes get out of saving people? Why do they do it?
  5. Why does Mr. Incredible refuse Buddy’s help? What does this say about him?

TV newsreel footage of the end of the superheroes. Mr. Incredible was sued by the man who attempted suicide. Congress forced the superheroes to reveal their secret identities. They were relocated and went into hiding under new identities, and told never to use their powers again.

Scene Two:

  1. Mr. Incredible, now Bob Parr, works in an insurance office, where he routinely tells applicants how to find loopholes that will allow them to collect on their policies, even though he is supposed to deny payment whenever possible.
  2. Meanwhile, Elastigirl, now Helen Parr, meets with her son, the school principal, and the son’s teacher. The teacher says that Dash put a thumbtack in his chair, moving too fast to see. The teacher even tried to videotape Dash in action, but the tape is inconclusive. The principal dismisses Helen and Dash so he can deal with the teacher. As Helen takes Dash home, she tells him he needs to try to fit in more.
  3. Meanwhile, Violet, the Incredibles’ daughter, tries to talk to a boy, but then disappears when he talks to her.
  4. Bob returns home, cramped in a tiny family car. He slams the car door too hard and breaks a window. In frustration, he picks up the car to throw it, but is witnessed by a neighbor boy.
  5. At dinner, Bob tries to read the paper while his wife tries to tell him about Dash’s problems at school, and the brother and sister fight. It’s a typical dinner, plus super powers. Finally, Frozone, now Lucious, comes by to take Bob out for their weekly bowling night.

 

 

 

 

 

  1. What characters are introduced in this section? (Bob Parr, Helen Parr, Dash, Violet, Jack-Jack) What are their powers?
  2. What is Bob’s job? How long has he worked there?
  3. Why is Bob’s boss angry with him?
  4. Why is Dash angry?
  5. Is Dash a bad child?
  6. Is Bob happy with his life? Why?
  1. Is Helen happy with her life? Why?
  1. Is Violet happy with her life? Why?

Section 3

Time: 12:25

Summary:

  1. Bob and Lucious sit in the car, listening to the police scanner and talking about the days when they were heroes. A mysterious woman watches them from another car.
  2. When they hear of a building burning nearby, they go to help. A couple things go wrong, of course, and they end up being surrounded by the police, who think they are robbing a jewelry store. Lucious freezes him, and they escape, laughing.
  3. When Bob gets home, he and Helen fight. Helen is concerned that his need to relive his past will make them lose their cover and need to move again.

When the kids overhear and come in, they stop fighting and make up. The camera shows their neighborhood at night: all of the houses are the same.

  1. The next day, at work, the mysterious woman from the night before quickly sneaks in and out of Bob’s office. Bob then gets nearly fired for helping customers get money from the insurance company. He finally loses his temper and throws his boss through five office walls.
  2. As he leaves from seeing his boss in the hospital, a government agent comes and talks to him about relocating, again.
  3. Bob goes home and finds the package left by the mysterious woman. It’s a call for him to return to work as a superhero. The scene ends with him looking at a wall of awards from his days of fame.

Questions:

  1. Are Bob and Lucious doing anything wrong? If so, what? If not, why are they hiding?
  2. What does Helen think Bob has been doing?
  3. What does Bob mean when he says it’s better to relive the past than act like it didn’t happen? Do you agree?
  4. What does Helen mean when she says, “It’s not about you”? Is her comment relevant?

 

 

 

 

Section 4

Time: 7:20

Summary:

  1. The scene opens with Bob drying out books with the hairdryer after the computer message from Mirage self-destructs and sets off the fire alarms. He then lies to his wife and says he’s off to a conference. She believes that he got a promotion.
  2. He takes a super jet to a hidden island where he defeats a giant robot. Later, he’s invited to dinner with mirage. He’s on a high, and they flirt during the meal. The scene ends with the words, “Everything is delicious.”

Questions:

  1. What was Bob’s lie to his wife? What did she believe?

 

 

 

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