Director Brad Bird had stated over the years that he would only do a sequel to The Incredibles (2004) if he could come up with a story that was just as good as, or better than, its predecessor. The idea of Bob/Mr. Incredible becoming a stay-at-home dad while Helen/Elastigirl becomes the breadwinner was there from the very beginning, but it took years for Bird to come up with the perfect story to write this idea around.
At 1 hour and 58 minutes, Incredibles 2 (2018) is not only the longest Pixar Animation Studios film to date, but also the longest computer-animated feature film to date.
Instead of Incredibles 2 (2018) being released on June 21, 2019, Pixar swapped release dates with Toy Story 4 (2019), as the film was being completed ahead of schedule while the other was lagging in production, of which was initially going to be released on June 15, 2018.
For this film, Huck Milner took over voicing Dash, as the character's original voice actor Spencer Fox's voice had deepened since the first film.
HIDDEN MICKEY: The spirals on Screenslaver's hypnosis machine form a slightly lopsided but still recognizable Mickey Mouse.
Reinforcing the 1960's motif from the original, 60's era television shows like The Outer Limits (1963) and Jonny Quest (1964) can be seen on the Parr family's television (in it's original animation).
First time in a Pixar Animation Film that a protagonist is seen using a gun (Elastigirl uses one to shoot the lock on a door).
As of 2017, Incredibles 2 (2018) holds the record for the most viewed animated teaser trailer of all time, with 113 million views in the opening week. Coincidentally, the number 113 (preceded by the letter A) is a common in-joke in Pixar and other contemporary animated movies.
This was Pixar's fourth follow-up film where the protagonist and side character switch roles, in which Mrs. Incredible/Elastigirl takes on the role of the protagonist from Mr. Incredible. The other times this happened was in Cars 2 (2011), where Mater took over from Lightning McQueen, in Monsters University (2013), where Mike took over from Sully, and in Finding Dory (2016), where Dory took over from Marlin.
Writer/director Brad Bird said he had old ideas from The Incredibles (2004) that he did not get to use and that would like to use in the sequel, along with some new ideas as well.
Incredibles 2 (2018) was the seventh Pixar film scored by Michael Giacchino, following The Incredibles (2004), Ratatouille (2007), Up (2009), Cars 2 (2011), Inside Out (2015) and Coco (2017).
The Safari Court where the Parr family live at during the beginning of the movie is modeled on the Safari Inn, a venerable motel (and frequent filming location) that is only a few blocks from the official headquarters of the Walt Disney Company in Burbank, California.
This was Pixar's fourth follow-up film released many years after the previous to not take place several years later. The others had been Toy Story 3 (12 years after Toy Story 2), Monsters, University (12 years after Monster's, Inc.), and Finding Dory (13 years after Finding Nemo).
The first full-length Disney animated feature film to feature very mild bad language ("Hell", "damn"), as well as the words "God" and "Lord", since The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996). It is also the first Pixar Animation Studios film since Cars (2006) to feature very mild bad language (in that film, Lightning McQueen use the term "hillbilly hell".)
This was Pixar's fourth film to have a female protagonist, after Brave (2012), Inside Out (2015) and Finding Dory (2016).
During the scene when Helen is in her hotel room and on the phone with Bob, there is an abstract painting hanging on the wall behind Helen. It features five swatches of red on a light background. Each swatch forms a shape with a likeness of the five Parr family members. The four representing Bob, Violet, Dash, and Jack-Jack are positioned on the left side of the painting, and the final swatch, representing Helen, alone on the right. Subtly emphasizing her separation from her family.
As in the first movie, Frozone's wife, Honey, does not appear on screen. She is only heard yelling her husband from off camera as he runs off to don his super suit and help the Parr Family, again, just like last time. According to Bird, Honey was initially going to appear on screen, and she even got her own character design, but ultimately, they decided it would be funnier if she remained off-screen. The character design for Honey would still be used for a background character.
The Pixar short film Smash And Grab (2019) was originally going to precede with Incredibles 2 (2018) in theaters, but it got replaced with Bao (2018), and Smash And Grab (2019) is now going to play with Toy Story 4 (2019).
Pixar's Bud Luckey did not get to record any lines for Rick Dicker before passing away four months prior to the film's release, and he had been replaced by actor Jonathan Banks (he was announced to be taking over the role a month before Luckey's passing). This made Rick Dicker the second Pixar character to be voiced by both an actor and a studio member at Pixar. The first had been Chick Hicks, who was voiced by actor Michael Keaton in Cars (2006) and Pixar's Bob Peterson in Cars 3 (2017).
A typo on the movie theatre marquis where Tony is dropped off towards the end of the movie reads "A113," one of the most famous recurring Easter Eggs. Several Pixar producers and animators studied at California Institute of the Arts in classroom A113 and this number appears in every Pixar film.
The fourteen-year gap between the first film and this sequel was the longest waiting time between a Disney/Pixar film and its sequel. (Finding Dory (2016)'s thirteen-year gap was the second longest, Monsters University (2013) was the third longest with a twelve-year gap, and Toy Story 3 (2010) was the fourth longest with an eleven-year gap.)
The way Elastigirl attempts to stop a train from colliding into disaster is done in a similar fashion to a scene from Spider-Man 2 (2004), where the titular character attempts to do a similar thing.
Production on this film started not long after the release of Tomorrowland (2015), which was also directed by Brad Bird.
The appearance of The Outer Limits (1963) and Jonny Quest (1964) on TV confirms the film's time frame as the fall of 1964. Perhaps coincidentally, both shows aired on the television network channel American Broadcasting Company (ABC)--which is now owned by The Walt Disney Company, beginning in 1996. Disney, however, does not own those series, so both clips had to be licensed from their respective owners: Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Warner Bros.
Scored a domestic opening weekend of $180 million, besting Finding Dory (2016) $135 million to have the highest grossing domestic opening weekend for an animated film. It also opened worldwide to $231.5 million, besting Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs (2009) $218.4 million to have the highest grossing worldwide opening weekend for an animated film.
This was the first of four consecutive sequels from Pixar Animation Studios and Walt Disney Animation Studios to be followed by Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 (2018), Toy Story 4 (2019) and Frozen 2 (2019).
The Ambassador's name is given as Henrietta Selick, which is actually a hat-tip tribute to animation director Henry Selick, who formerly worked for the Walt Disney Studios' animation department from the mid-1970s to the early 1980s. After he left, he became a freelance animator/director where he pursued to work on film projects that includes The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993), James and the Giant Peach (1996), and Coraline (2009).
The number shown when Winston is talking via speakerphone has a 510 area code; Pixar's studios are in Emeryville, CA, which has a 510 area code.
Incredibles 2 (2018) reunited Breaking Bad (2008) and Better Call Saul (2015) actors Bob Odenkirk and Jonathan Banks.
This was Samuel L. Jackson's fourth animated film, after The Incredibles (2004), Astro Boy (2009) and Turbo (2013).
Sarah Vowell, who voices the daughter Violet, is now older than Holly Hunter was in the first film. Vowell was 34 at the time the first film was released, while Hunter was 46. At the time the sequel was released, Vowell was 48 and Hunter was 60.
The superhero Helectrix has a similar look like the character Dean from The Iron Giant (1999), another film directed by Brad Bird.
This was the first Pixar Animation Studios film to have a merchandise deal with the fast food restaurant chain McDonald's for McDonald's Happy Meal since Cars (2006), a twelve-year gap.
This was Pixar's eighth film to have a PG rating by the MPAA. The previous seven films to have that rating had been: The Incredibles (2004), Up (2009), Brave (2012), Inside Out (2015), The Good Dinosaur (2015), Finding Dory (2016) and Coco (2017).
This was the first sequel to a Pixar film that takes place through a human's perspective.
As the Parrs enter their new home, Winston comments he had obtained it from "an eccentric billionaire who wanted to enter and leave his home unnoticed." This could be a reference to Bruce Wayne, aka Batman.
The Incredibles (2004) will be the fifth Pixar film to become a franchise, following Toy Story (1995), Cars (2006), Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Finding Nemo (2003).
Brad Bird was the second Pixar director to have all of his films composed by the same composer, which was Michael Giacchino. The first was Andrew Stanton, who had all three of his films composed by Thomas Newman.
This was the sixth Pixar film where the voice work of the film's main director was not simply listed in the "additional voices" section or go uncredited, which in this film, like the first The Incredibles (2004), applies to Brad Bird as Edna Mode. The previous four times this applied was with Andrew Stanton in Finding Nemo (2003) and Finding Dory (2016) as Crush the Sea Turtle, Up (2009) with Pete Docter as Kevin and Campmaster Strauch, and The Good Dinosaur (2015) with Peter Sohn as Forrest Woodbrush/Pet Collector.
A neon sign can be briefly glimpsed which resembles the logo for the television show Jonny Quest which director Brad Bird has named as a profound influence on the world of The Incredibles. Clips from the show also appear on television in the film.
Made more money domestically in one weekend ($180 million) than Pixar's previous summer release Cars 3 (2017) earned in it's entire release of 20 weeks. ($152.9 million)
The Incredibles (2004) released the same year as Clifford's Really Big Movie (2004), of which had been the final Theatrically Released Traditionally Animated Film of Warner Bros. up until Teen Titans Go! To the Movies (2018), which released the same year as Incredibles 2 (2018).
The second Pixar Animation Studios film to feature a variant version of the Walt Disney Pictures logo, after Coco (2017).
There was controversy when the title for this film was first released. While the first film was titled "The Incredibles," this film is simply titled "Incredibles 2." Many extreme fans expressed outrage, mostly nonviolently, about the removal of the word "The" from the title of the beloved film's sequel's title.
Barry Bostwick voiced the mayor of New Urbam (unmistakably a takeoff on New York City). He previously played the mayor of New York on the popular sitcom Spin City (1996).
Pixar's 5th follow up film that recasts some of the characters, which applies to Dash and Rick Dicker. The other 4 films to do this had been Toy Story 3 (2010) with Slinky and Andy (younger at the start of the film), Cars 2 (2011) with Filmore, Finding Dory (2016) with Nemo, Squirt and Jacques, and Cars 3 (2017) with Chick Hicks.
This was the first Pixar film directed by Brad Bird to not have any characters voiced by Lou Romano.
Incredibles 2 (2018) is the first Pixar sequel directed by Brad Bird, his second overall and will be the third official Pixar movie to focus solely on a human cast following both the first film and Brave (2012).
This is Pixar's 2nd sequel/prequel film to be Rated PG by the MPAA, much like the first film was.
Both this and the first film came one year before the closing point of a Star Wars Trilogy. The Incredibles (2004) came one year before the last Prequel Trilogy film Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005), and Incredibles 2 (2018) came one year before the last Sequel Trilogy film Star Wars: Episode IX (2019), the former film also featured Samuel L. Jackson.
Incredibles 2 broke records instantly on its release, stealing the place of biggest opening weekend for an animated film from former place-holder Finding Dory, besting its $135,000,000 with the new record of $180,000,000. Incredibles 2 also had the eighth biggest domestic opening weekend of all time, and the biggest opening for a PG-rated film.
In addition to an episode of Jonny Quest being seen later in the film, the word "Quest" in the same style as the Jonny Quest logo can be seen on one of the buildings behind Elastigirl when she is on the rooftop searching for Screenslaver.
Dash is seen eating Sugar Bombs, the Chocolate Frosted version is another hyperactive blond's favorite cereal, Calvin of "and Hobbes" fame.
Initial box office estimates had the film's domestic opening weekend at $110 million. Then, when it became the top pre-selling animated film of all time, estimates rose to $120-$140 million, with it possibly taking the animated opening weekend record from Finding Dory (2016). Finally, after scoring a Thursday night record of $18.5 million, estimates rose to $150 million, and even as much as $180 million.
Evelyn Deavor has a very similar look to Roxanne Ritchie from the Dreamworks Animation film Megamind (2010), another CGI superhero film. That film starred David Cross, who collaborated with Jason Lee (voice of Syndrome in the first film) in the live action Alvin and the Chipmunks (2007) films.
During an interview in May 2013, director Brad Bird reiterated his interest in making a sequel.
When DEVTech is first revealed on screen, the sky looks similar to how the Gotham sky is portrayed and shown in most modern Batman films, and if you look to the left of the tall tower, you can see a faint Bat Signal formed in the clouds.
Incredibles 2 opens the same way as Jack Jack Attack, with Rick Dicker interviewing an acquaintance of the Parr family, and the opening scene ends in a similar way to the short, with Tony getting his memories wiped.
After Violet's outburst about the memory wipe on her boyfriend, Dash remarks "Is she having adolescence?". The original actor for Dash had to be replaced due to a voice change from puberty.
This was Isabella Rossellini's second time voice acting in a film, after Closet Monster (2015).
Both this sequel and the first film were released in the same year of the death of a voice actor of one of the iconic characters in Beauty and the Beast (1991). The Incredibles (2004) was released in the same year of the death of Jerry Orbach, and Incredibles 2 (2018) was released in the same year of the death of David Ogden Stiers.
In the teaser trailer, Jack-Jack runs in a similar fashion of both Annie Nonymous from Roxy Hunter and the Myth of the Mermaid (2008) and Mr. Fit from Banjo-Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (2008).
The credits show scenes from the movie as stylized art, but one scene is not in the movie: a helicopter using the hydrofoil's helipad.
Second Pixar movie to feature a live action clip within the movie. The first being WALL·E (2008).
The fourth Pixar Animation Studios film to feature the full Walt Disney Pictures opening logo as a closing logo, after Finding Dory (2016), Cars 3 (2017), Coco (2017).