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March 16th, 2005


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03:20 am - ...yeah, the bunny bites.
The best part of the Incredibles 2-disc DVD set isn't the absolutely hilarious "Mr. Incredible & Pals" short (buried in the 'Top Secret' section) done in Clutch Cargo style, featuring extremely limited animation using every shortcut and cheap cop-out in the book, including that ultra-creepy use of live-action mouths superimposed on the faces for speech.

No, the best part is the "Mr Incredible & Pals" short, done in Clutch Cargo style blah blah blah, with optional commentary from Mr. Incredible and Frozone--neither of whom, the conceit goes, have seen the piece in question before. It's not improvised, as the Spinal Tap commentary, but still so well-done that "Yeah, the bunny bites" will be a favorite phrase of mine for hours to come. The short stands on its own as a lovely piece of Saturday morning satire (you can just tell Brad Bird & Co. had a field day doing this) but the in-character commentary just puts everything right where it needs to be. And it's done far better than the embarassing publicity "interviews" featuring live-action Hollywood reporter-types and CG superhero-types, available (and well-avoided) elsewhere on the DVD.

Also quite notable is Sarah Vowell's video essay where she shows off her Lincoln memorabilia and discusses how great it was to spend half the day writing about the assassination of James Garfield, and the other half saying things like "The robot lost its claw!" She also shows some test footage Pixar made in courting her for the role -- they animated part of an NPR piece she did about shooting a homemade cannon with her dad. Finally she receives a Violet action figure ("Violet and Invisible Violet!") and introduces them both to her Lincoln figurines. It's adorable.

Neatest thing I learned from the extras? Bud Luckey, animator who designed Woody from Toy Story and who also did the "Boundin'" short, did some stuff for Sesame Street a long time ago. The Ladybugs' Picnic song? Yeah, that's his. Makes perfect sense...

Maybe tomorrow night I'll get around to writing about the 1964 World's Fair, as I had meant to do tonight. But you know how things can get around here.

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From:minkrose
Date:March 16th, 2005 08:51 am (UTC)
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I LOVE THE LADYBUG PICNIC SONG!!! I was just singing it the other night with one of my friends (rishikanta, I think... could be wrong).
That's SO COOL. I think that convinced me to buy the DVD.

speaking of, anyone know where I can get a video clip of that song? Maybe I'll post about this...
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From:cheezdanish
Date:March 16th, 2005 02:08 pm (UTC)
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Oh, did you listen to the superhero blurbs in the NSA files, also located in "Top Secret?" The ThunderHead one is just hilarious. So is Gazerbeam.

And Bud Luckey is one of my new heroes. What a talent! What a great guy! And he plays the banjo!
From:oakenguy
Date:March 16th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
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I LOVED the ThunderHead interview!

Raising five adopted kids with his "good friend", too...it makes the Suit Malfunction even more tragic. *sniff*
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From:annilita
Date:March 16th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
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I love Sarah Vowell, and I love that cannon story.

I still have not seen The Incredibles yet. Must get to Blockbuster.
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From:elvisclooney
Date:March 16th, 2005 03:44 pm (UTC)
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Umm. If'n you liked "Mr. Incredible & Pals," then you might like the version of the movie that some of the crew did in...

Sock puppets.

Yeah, it's an easter egg in one of the disc 2 index pages. Just wait on the menu for ~30 seconds and the icon will pop up.

(The same goes with the other menus...they all pretty much have the same setup, but I haven't found one for the Top Secret area yet.)
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From:modpixie
Date:March 16th, 2005 05:39 pm (UTC)
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i rented it last night. i have a feeling lixie and i will have some fun with the extra features over dinner tonight.
From:(Anonymous)
Date:March 17th, 2005 06:50 pm (UTC)

Keith

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I've got a long way to go with the extras. Looking forward to all the little tidbits. I saw the first few seconds of the Mr. Incredible and Pals, and turned it off in mock horror. I'll be sure to listen to the commentary.

For my money, I've received maximum value from the following items.
1. E - she totally and completely cracks me up.
2. Frozone - Why is it that no matter who he plays, Samuel L. Jackson completely steals any scene he's in? I loved the whole 'getting a drink' sequence. It was hypnotizing.
3. 100 Mile Dash - my favorite part of the whole movie. Amazing. And a hell of a thrill in the theater.

Love this movie. LOVE it.

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