2018 has a lot of potential films out there that may hit or miss, much like 2017. On paper, you just can’t be sure until you start to see the trailers. For 2018, the trailers that have been released so far are nearly all for films January to February or big blockbuster franchises. So, there may be releases coming in the first half of the year that will blow us away that we just haven’t seen any footage for yet. Solo: A Star Wars Story has had to sit on the bench until The Last Jedi fades at the box office, but I think we’ll see our first look at that fairly soon, since Disney has five months to hype a Star Wars film people are on the fence or completely oblivious about. Of the 2018 trailers released thus far, here are my ten favorite (Disney has the top 3, so it looks like another huge year for the biggest studio on Earth).
Of all the original batch of Pixar films, The Incredibles seemed to lend itself most easily to multiple sequels, but-to his credit-Brad Bird didn’t have the story, so a sequel was never made. At any other studio, they’d have just gone ahead and made one without a story (outside Pixar and inside Disney they still would have; it’s why we have five Pirates films instead of one). But Pixar and Bird have waited until they had a story to tell that picks up largely where we last left the Fantastic Four. I meant The Incredibles. Clearly. They’re nothing alike. For one thing, The Incredibles have made a film…..and another will be coming June 15, 2018, picking up essentially where we left the super family at the end of the first film.
Everyone’s favorite family of superheroes is back in “Incredibles 2” – but this time Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is in the spotlight, leaving Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell) and Dash (voice of Huck Milner) to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life. It’s a tough transition for everyone, made tougher by the fact that the family is still unaware of baby Jack-Jack’s emerging superpowers. When a new villain hatches a brilliant and dangerous plot, the family and Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) must find a way to work together again—which is easier said than done, even when they’re all Incredible.
Brad Bird’s fourth directorial effort (after The Iron Giant, The Incredibles and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol), Tomorrowland, will be hitting theaters on Friday and seems to be getting good-if not Brad Birdian great-reviews. His next project will be the long-awaited sequel to The Incredibles, possibly the greatest non-comic based super hero of all-time. Oh and possibly the greatest Pixar film, which is a debate that never can have a clear winner.
There are so many things to love about this movie, besides the fact that it absolutely does rip off The Fantastic Four and pretty much has made it impossible for anyone to do a FF movie that doesn’t look like a cheap knock-off of The Incredibles. Bird wrote, directed and co-starred in the film as my favorite character: Edna Mode. Edna, in a world awash with costumed heroes, is the Yves St. Laurent of their world. She’s also clinically insane.
I’ve cheated and included both her scene with Elastigirl (Holly Hunter) showing off the family’s new suits and the scene with Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Ferguson) explaining her “NO CAPES” policy. All I care about in I2 is that there is at least one Edna scene. I’m good after that. Tomorrowland opens Friday and The Incredibles 2 has what I think is a ludicrously optimistic release date of 2016 given that Brad Bird just started writing the script. Whenever it does come out though, I’m sure it’ll more than be worth the wait.
Disney Chairman and CEO Robert A. Iger today announced that Pixar Animation Studios is developing Cars 3 and a long-awaited sequel to Brad Bird’s 2004 masterpiece, The Incredibles. The announcement was made at a shareholders meeting Portland, OR, so given the lack of media hype surrounding the roll out, I wouldn’t expect to see either of these until 2021 or so. Pixar’s scheduled out through 2018 already and mentioning their eventual casually doesn’t really indicate vibrant activity on geting these out.