Disney Pixar may well have had a relatively low-impact year with just Cars 3 out in the cinema and Coco still to come, but 2018 will see it releasing one of its most eagerly anticipated sequels, The Incredibles 2, which should be a big hit with fans. The gap since the original will be 14-years by the time the release date comes around, so there’s a certain similarity with Finding Dory, which took 13-years to return for the second voyage of discovery. If you missed the original the first time around, you can catch up on it here.
Writer and director Brad Bird will be back in charge of the sequel and the majority of the previous voice cast will be returning too, with the minor exception of Dash, who will be played by newcomer, Huck Milner, replacing Spencer Fox who has inevitably gotten much older than the 10-year-old character he played back in 2004. There are no trailers for The Incredible 2 as of yet, but there is a funny feature focusing on Edna Mode, who is also voiced by Brad Bird. It sees her receiving the praise adulation of the fashion world, including supermodel Heidi Klum and fashion journalist Nina Garcia, which you can see below.
The Incredibles 2 has been confirmed for a UK release date of the 13th July 2018, a little under a month later than in the US where it will be getting a general release on the 15th June 2018. It continues the unusually large gap between US and UK release dates for Disney Pixar films, with Coco, the company’s prior film release, having a similar difference.
There are a number of other big animated movie releases planned in 2018, so The Incredibles 2 will have a fair amount of competition to live up to the achievements of the original film, which picked up the Academy Award for Best Animated Film. Although, the majority are sequels themselves with the likes of Madagascar 4, How To Train Your Dragon 3, Hotel Transylvania 3 and Ralph Breaks The Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2, so it’s still in with a shout.
DVD, Blu-ray and digital:
With the big difference in US and UK release dates on the big screen, we’ll have a similar delay for the DVD, Blu-ray and digital copies of the The Incredibles 2. It’ll be out in the US as early as October, but it will be a month later in the least in the UK.
The story is set to pick up with Bob Parr and the rest of his super family straight after the events of the first film, which left them facing the might of the Underminer. D23 also confirmed that Jack-Jack will be exploring more of his superpowers, so we’re expecting that to be a big part of the developing storyline in the film.
There is no word as of yet about whether or not the Underminer will be the main baddy in The Incredibles 2, or if he’ll just be the starting point for the film. With the changing directions of the original movie it’s quite possible that there will be an even bigger threat for the Parr family to face.
The voice cast will see Craig T. Nelson returning as Bob Parr/Mr incredible, along with Holly Hunter (Batman Vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice) as his wife Helen/Elastagirl and Sarah Vowell as their daughter Violet. With Spencer Fox’s voice being too deep to play Dash, the role has now gone to Huck Milner to sound more like a 10-year-old character.
Samuel L. Jackson (Kong: Skull Island) will also be back in the cast as Bob’s super-powered best pal Lucius Best/Frozone, and Brad Bird picks things up once again as the darling Edna. John Ratzenberger (Cars 3) is due to play the underminer and we’re expecting more new cast members to be announced as we get closer to the 2018 release date.
Brad Bird has written and directed the sequel, having done both jobs for the exceptional opening film in what could well turn into a series in itself if the release goes well. He may not have been as successful with is previous Disney movie, Tomorrowland, but he should be back to his best here.
Disney Pixar is keeping fairly quiet about the production at the moment, but you can keep up with the latest from the film with its Twitter page when they start to build the hype a bit more for the release.
With the sheer genius of the 2004 original, and the continuation of the same cast, writer and director, we’re predicting a great return for Disney Pixar’s much-loved superhero family. It may not be a brand new idea, something that the animation house seems to be struggling to put together at the moment, but The Incredibles 2 will undoubtedly be a fan favourite when the release date rolls around, especially if the plot is as well put together as the last time.