If you’ve seen any trailers for the Incredibles 2, one thing is abundantly clear: This movie is very much about Mrs. Incredible, not the Mr. As we’ll see in the movie — so tiny spoilers from the trailers — Helen Parr is now tasked with saving the world, which means that Bob has to stay behind and handle their rowdy super-kids. That alone signifies that the times are a-changing just like they are all over the world right now. Might Incredibles 2 be Pixar’s most feminist movie to date, with a lady at the forefront saving the day? It sure looks that way — but director Brad Bird doesn’t necessarily want to call it feminist himself.
Before you get your capes in a bunch, there’s a reason Bird doesn’t want to label his film, and the sheer act of not thinking of the movie as feminist might make it even MORE feminist…in a way.
“I don’t think you would ever catch me saying that [it’s feminist] because that makes is sound like it has an agenda,” Bird explained to HelloGiggles at a press day for Incredibles 2 up at Pixar in Emeryville, California. “I think that we had strong women characters in the first Incredibles. That’s part of our wheel house and that hasn’t changed, but it makes it sound like this is a new thing that is informed by something that’s happening in society and that’s not true. Its more about exploring [Helen] a little more because it’s entertaining and interesting. Not because we want to pound the table. But, if somebody else said [that it’s feminist], I don’t think we would be upset.”
So yeah, feel free to yell from the rooftops that Incredibles 2 is hella feminist, even though it’s not trying to be. It’s simply a reflection of our changing times and world — and how it’s incredibly common for women to be away from home, working to support their families and themselves. It’s by no means a statement.
“I think it’s a real story about how families live today,” Nicole Paradis Grindle, one of the producers on the film, chimes in. “I don’t think that it’s revolutionary that mothers work and fathers take care of the kids, alone. I think that’s what makes it compelling and I don’t think it needs to be a message anymore, it’s just reality.”
It’s a reality we like, and can get behind. Incredibles 2 isn’t trying to be feminist — it just is. You can watch Helen save the day — and probably Bob at home, too — in theaters June 15th.