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Incredibles 2 Interview with Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter | Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl Inside Look

Dinsey Pixar’s Incredibles 2 film is set to be the summer hit we have all been waiting 14 years for. The film is centered around what happened only seconds after the previous Incredibles film had left off at. It’s Incredible to me that they were able to genuinely bring back these iconic characters without losing that ump they had so many years ago.

INCREDIBLES 2 in Theatres Everywhere Today! – Read My Full Movie Review HERE!

Plushie Dash and Jack Jack from the Incredibles 2 movie. Plushies sit in front of Incredibles 2 film poster at the interview table for the cast and directors.

While in LA for the #Incredibles2Event I had the opportunity to interview some of the cast of this Incredibles 2 film. Among the many stars that are on my interview bucket list, Holly Hunter has always had her place on my list. It was such an honor to hear from Elastigirl herself on her take of what this film meant to her. As well as what Craig T. Nelson thought about putting on his Super Suit again.

PS: If you like this interview you should definitely check out the other Incredibles 2 Film Interviews listed below!

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  • Incredibles 2 Interview with Bob Odenkirk & Catherine Keener | Voices of Winston and Evelyn Deavor – Click Here.
  • Incredibles 2 Interview with Sophia Bush | Voice of Voyd – Click Here.

Photo Credit: Louise Manning Bishop / MomStart.com

How did you feel about doing the sequel?

Holly Hunter: “We were not hesitating in wanting to do this, this sequel”

Craig T. Nielson: “It was exciting because it was fourteen years, what is he gonna do. What are they gonna come up with, how can it be different; where are we gonna pick it up? We didn’t know anything and then they talked about starting it right at the very end, and well I didn’t age.

I wasn’t sure if I could do it vocally, because I’d been doing Parenthood and Zeek had a different vocal quality. We never saw the script; Brad kind of laid out the idea which was great, it sounded like it was gonna be fun.”

Elastigirl may have hung up her Supersuit when the Supers were lying low, but in “Incredibles 2,” she’s recruited to lead a campaign to bring them back into the spotlight. With the full support of her family behind her, Helen finds she’s still at the top of her game when it comes to fighting crime.

Featuring the voice of Holly Hunter as Helen Parr aka Elastigirl, “Incredibles 2” opens in U.S. theaters June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Getting Back Into Character as Elastigirl

Holly:  ” I thought that it was quite amusing that the movie would pick out literally fifteen seconds after the first movie. That was just so funny to me, and a completely and impossible thing to do in a regular film. The ability of animation to do that was just so delightful.

This opportunity for me which was kind of effortless. We record with Brad and only with Brad, and so fourteen years later to encounter Brad again with a microphone between us was just fun. And he’s somebody that both of just inherently trust.

Photo Credit: Louise Manning Bishop / MomStart.com

Getting Back Into Character as Mr. Incredible

Craig: “The fact, you know, we did the first one and we didn’t know what it was gonna be. Then the thing turns out to be huge, right? So we’re waiting to see when we’re gonna do the sequel because you do, you know, you’re still actors and you’re finding, or at least some of us find not always working. So I’ve got that to look forward to, maybe, and the third year comes, and the fourth year, and then you’re going, well hell.”

Waiting Year after Year for the Big News of the Sequel – Holly and Craig’s Thoughts

Holly: “And then the ninth year, and then the anniversary- the ten year anniversary.”

Craig: “I always thought I wasn’t gonna get a sequel. You’re too old to do it anymore. Oh, they don’t want me. And if they’re gonna do another one, you hear about the rumors they’re gonna do another one, well, like they’ll gonna probably get a new Bob.”

Holly: “Where I was thinking, like, maybe Bob and Helen would be dead by then.”

Craig: “I was looking forward to kinda doing the rest home version. To realize the impact that the first one had and how its longevity has held up, and then to be at this time to do the second one. It’s pretty amazing.”

Holly: “Yeah, it is.”

Photo Credit: Louise Manning Bishop / MomStart.com

Mr. Incredibles thoughts on the Final Version of the film

Craig: “When we went to the theater, Holly and I saw it for the first time together at this premiere, I’m sitting there going, I wonder what we’re gonna see? I hadn’t seen anything; didn’t know, and you see this spectacular thing, and it’s like, oh, this is not just an animated movie.

This is a pretty big deal here, the scope of it and the innovations that they’ve incorporated. I’m a fan, too, so it’s like you’re sitting there going, ooh, that’s not bad.”

HE’S GOT THIS – Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible attempts his most heroic feat yet: spearheading life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose super powers are about to be discovered by his family. Written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

HE’S GOT THIS – Bob Parr aka Mr. Incredible attempts his most heroic feat yet: spearheading life at home with Violet, Dash and baby Jack-Jack, whose super powers are about to be discovered by his family. Written and directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Paradis Grindle, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Incredibles 2 storyline coincides with what is going around us right now?

Holly: “Well, I think that’s a little serendipitous with the Me Too coinciding with the opening of this movie where that’s an element. But I think it is totally by coincidence. And at the same time, it is in the air. I mean, it’s in the cultural, the environment that I guess we’re all breathing.

In “Incredibles 2,” Bob navigates life at home with the Parr kids while Helen leads a campaign to bring back Supers. But when baby Jack-Jack shows some surprising changes - including the appearance of a few unexpected super powers—Bob finds that it’s challenging to keep up (and awake), even for Mr. Incredible.

Featuring Craig T. Nelson as the voice of Bob, Disney-Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” opens in U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Which is a great thing, especially it’s a great thing for kids to see this movie, not just little girls but, but boys, too. It’s great for everybody to see what men and women are capable of, that men are capable of being fantastic, nurturing parents. And we all know this. This is not new for us, but it’s still great to see this exploration both for our characters.

And it’s fantastic and delightful to see Elastigirl living up to this gift that she has without any apology. She just is going for it and losing herself in it, which is a beautiful thing. I think also for mothers, it’s great for a mother to be able to be fully engaged in something that has nothing to do with parenting, and I think that that’s difficult for all of us to actually give ourselves license to just go that deeply.”

In Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2,” Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) is left to navigate the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life, giving him an opportunity to bond with his younger son, Jack-Jack, whose superpowers are emerging—much to Dad’s surprise.

Directed by Brad Bird and produced by John Walker and Nicole Grindle, “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Craig: “Also it’s like from the same standpoint it’s incumbent to understand, at least, a great part about the character in the film, for me, was that I was given the opportunity to get to know my kids. And so I hadn’t discovered that but at the same time Elastigirl and Mr. Incredible are competitive, and they have this kind of go ahead and do it, and when you do it, do it well like I know you can do it, but when you fail, you know, I’ll be there. But it’s for a great cause. And it also gives each other the freedom to explore their potential, and that’s what, to me, it speaks to, in terms of that.”

Photo Credit: Louise Manning Bishop / MomStart.com

Mr. Incredibles (Craig T. Nelson’s) Thoughts on the ‘New Math’

Craig: “I don’t understand it as a dad; or as a grandfather.”

Holly: “I can relate to that. It’s unbelievable.”

Craig: “Two plus two is four. It isn’t just new math. I’m confused about a lot of things. I really don’t understand the approaches to a lot of things. When did they change the rules? Who gave them permission to do that? Well look, my grandkids; I have great-grandkids; I’ve got three of them. What a world they’re being raised in.

When I was raised, the beauty of the education that I received was that it was you were classically trained. You had classic literature to refer, and it was given to you and performed for you. So you learned words, you learned communication. And so I think for my kids and my grandkids that when I go to visit them.”

In the midst of battling the Underminer villain, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her most super force fields yet. Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 that opens in theatres everywhere June 15th!

PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT – In the midst of battling the Underminer villain, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her most super force fields yet. Featuring Sarah Vowell as the voice of Violet, Holly Hunter as the voice of Helen, Craig T. Nelson as the voice of Bob and Huck Milner as the voice of Dash, Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Craig T. Nelson’s (Mr. Incredible Thought’s On More Family Bonding Time and Less Electronics

Craig: “We’re not talking to each other. You know, can I see your eyes? Can I see your eyes for a minute, just would you mind lifting- doesn’t your neck hurt? But one of the beauties of the film was that nobody’s doing that. None of the family is doing it. They’re engaged. They’re engaged, and you know, Bob is trying to make himself work as a dad, and the kids are not going off on him, and nobody’s stuck here.

Holly: I really feel like we can all relate to what Craig is saying here. How we need to put our phones down, our electronics down, look at each other, visit, talk, get to know each other away from devices and distractions and interact with each other.”

The Incredicoster opens to the public June 23rd!

How is it for them to hear their voices on so many toys and now in the Incredibles Incredicoster?

Holly: “Well, that’ll be fun to shoot that. The roller coaster is opening kind of coinciding with the movie. Wow. That’s kinda cool. I haven’t really encountered the dolls, but I have encountered Mr. Incredible. But that’s been since the first movie. Actually, I love it. I think it’s fun.”

Craig: “One of my great-grandsons, his whole room is Incredibles. This kid has got a car, it’s like his room, right? You go in, and it’s like a Pixar store. It’s amazing.”

Pixar Pier at Disneyland. Pixar Fest at Disneyland runs from April 13 through September 3rd.

Celebrate the opening of the Incredicoster and Pixar Pier by attending Pixar Fest at Disneyland! I’m spilling all the details about Pixar Fest including my Incredibles Mission while in Disneyland. Head over HERE and read all about it plus check out some fun pics!

Director Brad Bird of INCREDIBLES 2 took part today in the Walt Disney Studios animation presentation at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. INCREDIBLES 2 will be released in U.S. theaters on June 15, 2018.

(Photo by Jesse Grant/Getty Images for Disney)

The Mastermind behind Incredibles Brad Bird

Holly: “This is the gift of Brad Bird. This is what Brad can do that’s so phenomenal is that the chemistry that I think the cast has together, we do have chemistry. When Brad cast the Incredibles, the original one, he didn’t go down a list of actors and actress who were like the hot names of that moment.

He had in mind the sound of the movie; the sound of the characters together, and in that I think, you know, Brad had a chemistry in mind that was audio, because that’s the kind of guy that he is; that’s the kind of artist that he is. So Craig and I never met each other until about nine months ago.

That’s the first time that we met each other was- so that chemistry is inherent in us, you know, in Sarah Vowell who plays Violet, and you know, and Sam Jackson who’s Frozone, with Mr. Incredible, I mean, but that’s Brad putting it together before he ever knew us. His imagination was at work putting the chemistry together.”

The new Disney Pixars Incredibles 2 Movie Poster. Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 that opens in theatres everywhere June 15th!

Although this is the end of the interview, don’t forget that Pixar’s newest film The Incredibles 2 movie is premiering June 15th! It’s been a film 14 years in the making but picks up where the last film had let off at. Check out the information and trailer below for more deets on this new Incredible film.

INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15th!

In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose superpowers are about to be discovered.

In the midst of battling the Underminer villain, Violet protects her family by throwing one of her most super force fields yet. Disney•Pixar’s INCREDIBLES 2 that opens in theatres everywhere June 15th!

Disney•Pixar’s “Incredibles 2” busts into theaters on June 15, 2018. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.

Like INCREDIBLES 2 on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PixarTheIncredibles/

Follow INCREDIBLES 2 on Twitter: https://twitter.com/TheIncredibles

Follow INCREDIBLES 2 on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/theincredibles/

Visit the official INCREDIBLES 2 website here: https://disney.com/incredibles2

INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15th!

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