The coolest crime-fighting family is back in Incredibles 2, read my intriguing interview with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter. Voices of Mr. Incredible and Elastigirl, where we take an inside look at what it was like to be a part of this special sequel.
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. 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.
Interview with Craig T. Nelson and Holly Hunter
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.
Incredibles 2 Event
Catch all of the fun interviews with the cast and creators of Disney Pixar’s Incredibles 2 film in the links below. I’m sharing exclusive interviews, behind the scenes facts about the film and actors. Along with a fun trip to Disneyland for the Pixarfest and a special trip back to the Disney Animation Building!
- Interview with Craig T. Nelson & Holly Hunter
- Interview with Samuel L. Jackson
- Interview with Sarah Vowell & Huck Milner
- Interview with Director Domee Shi & Producer Becky Neiman Post
- Interview with Sophia Bush | Voice of Voyd
- Interview with Bob Odenkirk & Catherine Keener
- Pixar Fest at Disneyland | My Incredibles Mission
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.”
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 complete 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.
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.”
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.”
Does Incredibles 2 storyline coincide 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.
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.”
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.
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.”
Mr. Incredibles 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.”
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.”
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 Fest at Disneyland
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!
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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INCREDIBLES 2 opens in theatres everywhere on June 15th!