Well in case your date keeping devices are all broken due to some atmospheric EMP burst or summit', it's clear to all and sundry that today's FFFD is coming out on a Wednesday.
Try not to faint.
The Incredibles (2004)
Proof if proof be needed that Pixar know how to make some amazing films!
Director Brad Bird at this time had only really acted as creative consultant for the first eight seasons of the Simpsons before directing his first feature film, the beautiful The Iron Giant. After joining Pixar, his first feature that he both wrote and directed was The Incredibles.
It ranked easily amongst one of my favourite films. Not only is it one of the finest Pixar films (among quite a catalogue), but one of the best superhero films ever. The film's success can be attributed to two main reasons.
The first is that whilst the film is a superhero film, like all great superhero films it focuses on the people behind the powers and in the Parr family, you find a family suffering so much from the mundane everyday that the rediscovery of them being superheroes is fantastic. It's not too many films that deals with marital dysfunction and midlife crisis as well as a level of philosophical angst. However, the film is never too serious or distressing for children. Whilst it is more dark in tone than many other animated films, the film still at its core is an animated action film.
The second is that it is really very mature for an animated feature film. The villains not only try to actually kill children but the whole premise of the film implies that whilst you can be a genius, there will just always be 'supers', people who are just better than you regardless. Brad Bird made a decision to have the villains very willing to harm the children as a reaction to the normal cartoon fluff where the villains are crippled by the fact that they will never harm children. The decision certainly initially shocks in the film.
It's also a pretty funny film. Samuel L. Jackson as Frozone has some really really good lines (and super classic scene!), Mr and Mrs Parr (Craig T Nelson and Holly Hunter) really imbue the characters both with the sense of dashing heroism but also resignation, it's a very nice piece of voice casting. Jason Lee as Syndrome carries across a surprising amoung of anger and whilst you don't agree with the character, the circumstances of him becoming so villainous are really nicely done. I also just realised that the director, Brad Bird, also voiced fashion/suit designed Edna Mode, easily one of the stand out characters of the film despite a minor appearance.
So all in all, a great film. Not just a great animated film, but a great film period. It is still one of the best films to suitably explore the people behind the costumes whilst still providing a hugely entertaining film. The darker tone and threats of violence may come as a shock even after watching other Pixar films but it fits the darker and more mature tone of the film. Not just for the kids, this film is just amazing!