Many Americans have a very narrow perspective of what animation is. Thanks to our culture, it can fall into two categories: kids animation (like Care Bears or something) or adult animation (Family Guy, South Park). It’s incredibly rare to find something that is somewhere in-between. It’s in this respect that Brad Bird is unique. His films tend to fall somewhere else on that scale. Sure, they are kid-friendly, but they are by no means full-on family movies like a lot of what Pixar does.
Just look at the original Incredibles movie, where a man tries to commit suicide, which sets off a series of lawsuits that put superheroes into hiding (I don’t know about yours, but my kids LOVE lawsuits). You can also look at Ratatouille, which I would argue is Pixar’s most mature film to date, with its portrayal of adult relationships and real life in general (minus the rat puppet-ing a man, of course). But, of course, there are many who don’t share my opinion, and who feel that animated films should be cleaned up for kids.
One Twitter user sent the following to Brad Bird, saying:
“Loved Incredibles 2 but seriously, @BradBirdA113 why the cuss words? I probably won’t buy it now. That was the only disappointing thing in the movie. I just don’t think its appropriate and I shouldn’t have to filter a kids movie. #Incredibles2 #letthekidsbekids”
Brad replied to this tweet:
“With all due respect, it is NOT a “kids movie”. It is animated, and rated PG.”
To be fair, the Twitter user was more than willing to admit their own assumptions, but addressing the criticism, I honestly can’t remember there being many cuss words. Sure, they say “god” a few times, and there’s one instance of a character saying “I’ll be damned,” but apart from that, it’s pretty standard family film fare in terms of its language.
If you ask me, the parts that would alienate kids the most wasn’t the language, but rather the scenes where Elastigirl and Evelyn discuss the more philosophical side of superhero-dom. It was amazingly engaging stuff, but I can almost see kids twitching their legs as these scenes play out.
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