An Exclusive First Look at Disney•Pixar’s ‘Incredibles 2’

The Incredibles are back!

When the Incredibles debuted in 2004, the adventure came to an edge-of-your-seat finale, Syndrome was defeated as his jet exploded destroying the Parr family home. But the family was more bonded more than ever. Violet showed off her new found confidence and Dash got to compete in school sports and discovered that second place is just as good as first. It seemed like a happily-ever-after ending until the Underminers declared war!

Nearly over a decade later, we will finally learn the fate of the Underminers when ‘Incredibles 2‘ opens in theatres on June 15.

During a recent trip to Pixar Animation Studios, Chip and Co. were invited to take an advance look at ‘Incredibles 2‘ and hear from the Animators and the process of how this movie was made.

The Incredibles introduced Pixar’s first entire cast of humans but the technology at the had some limitations. The filmmakers didn’t want their humans to look too human. With Incredibles 2, the original art was referenced to create the look with today’s technology. The results were spectacular. Check out the progressions of images below for a scene that was created with updated animation technology.

Progression Image 1 of 5: Story – This storyboard was drawn by story artist Bobby Rubio for the sequence called “Stop the Tunneler.” Storyboards are drawn by story artists in order to pre-visualize the film as the script is being written. They are placed side-by-side in sequence by the editorial team, to convey the pace of scenes and deliver a rough sense of how the story unfolds. This storyboard is one of approximately 410 boards delivered to editorial for this particular sequence. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

Progression Image 2 of 5: Art – Once the storyline for a sequence is determined, concept art is created by the production designer and art department to determine the look and feel of the film. This concept art piece was created by production designer Ralph Eggleston, and showcases the exploration of color and design for the characters and new environments. In the first film, “The Incredibles,” bold colors were used to establish a visual language for the film, and the art team wanted to make sure this style was consistent in “Incredibles 2.” ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

Progression Image 3 of 5: Sets and Layout – Using art reference for guidance, technical artists build basic forms and shapes of the sets and characters in the computer during a process called “Modeling.” “Shading” comes next, during which technical artists use a combination of painting and programming to apply textures, colors, patterns and other material properties to give the sets complexity and appeal. This image also shows the phase known as “Layout,” in which a virtual camera is placed into a shot. The characters are “staged” or placed into positions within the built set that work visually with the chosen camera angle. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

Progression Image 4 of 5: Animation – When Layout is complete, the characters are brought to life by the Animation department. Animators often use video reference of themselves or the voice actors to inform mouth shape or expressions, as well as overall movement of the characters. On average, it takes 4-6 weeks to animate a shot, but because the composition of the characters in this shot was so complex, it took the Animation department 8 weeks to complete. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

 

Progression Image 5 of 5: Lighting, Effects and Final Image – The Lighting department helps to integrate all of the elements – characters, sets, effects, etc. – into a final, fully visually realized image. The Lighting process involves placing virtual light sources into the scene to illuminate the characters and the set. Technical artists place the lights to draw the audience’s eye to story points and to create a specific mood. The lit images are then rendered at high resolution. 24 lit images, each over 2 million pixels, are created for each one second of the movie. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

All the natural phenomena seen in this final image above, such as the dust, smoke, and glow of Violet’s orb, were brought to life by the Effects department. Effects artists create these elements using complex simulation software that models the physics of how certain materials move. These Effects elements provide a believable and tangible sense of interaction between the characters and their rich, realistic world, which also helps to reinforce the emotional stakes for the audience.

In the original movie, fans fell for the characters in The Incredibles. They also enjoyed the mid-century world of the film. Since ‘Incredibles 2’ picks up where the first film left off, the look is back and thanks to the advances in technology, it’s even better.

According to writer/director Brad Bird, the nostalgic look is reminiscent that sparked his imagination back when the first film was in development. From the architecture to the cars on the streets to the actual characters themselves, the film invokes a 50s vibe with a small futuristic twist. Now since the Parr’s home was destroyed in the first movie, the animators needed to design a new house for them. They wanted something original and on a much larger scale with state of the art technology and a heavily caricatured look.

Here’s an early look at a concept for the new house:

Concept art by Ralph Eggleston. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The result was a 38,000 square foot home that features multiple rooms and unusual architect. The high-tech house is animated and is completely unpredictable.

Concept art by Kyle Macnaughton, Philip Metschan and Shelly Min Wan. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Concept art by Garrett Taylor and Philip Metschan. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

The filmmakers played with a variety of over-the-top gadgets, water features and a floor that movies like a sliding puzzle. It’s unlike any other house you’ve seen before. The city Municiberg, which is the hometown of many of the characters can be anytown U.S.A. There are no familiar identifying landmarks that place it anywhere specific.

‘Incredibles 2’ welcomes back to the big screen the family of supers that audiences enjoyed back in 2004 as well as old favorites like Lucius Best (Frozone) and Edna “E” Mode. The movie also introduces new characters to its super mix from billionaire folks to wannabe heroes, which creates a dynamic cast of of characters all brought to live by an all-star voice talent.

We will have more behind-the-scenes of ‘Incredibles 2’ in the coming months. Make sure to visit us often for more updates. Also don’t forget to watch the latest trailer (below).


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