I liked The Incredibles 2 well enough. It’s a fun and exciting movie, about as fun and exciting as we could have hoped. The characters are fun and the action is exciting. But it definitely feels like a movie whipped up 15 years after the fact. Writer/director Brad Bird never made a sequel to The Incredibles because he’d told the story he set out to tell. Now, 15 years and one failed Tomorrowland later, Bird has apparently relented and trotted out a new adventure.
And like almost every single Pixar or Disney movie in the past five or so years, it has a surprise villain. What the heck is going on with this trend?
Recent readers of this blog might recall the List of Six I wrote only last month that blew the lid off this trend! Since then, my film theory has gained zero traction across the rest of the Internet, so I guess it’s still up to just me to keep harping on this.
It’s weird, right? Am I alone in thinking its weird that nearly every single recent Disney and Pixar movie has a surprise villain?
That’s where the villain’s identity is kept a secret through most of the film, until one of the friendly supporting characters is suddenly revealed to have been secretly evil this whole time.
I won’t reveal the secret identity of the villain — the very anachronistic Screenslaver — because the movie is still too new. I’ve probably said too much in revealing that the villain’s identity is a surprise twist. But somebody has to stand up to this weird storytelling trope at Disney! Somebody has to stand up for the Syndromes of the world, who are villains right from the get go, and are therefore allowed to have character development across the entire film, not just crammed into the very end!
The day has finally come, some 14ish years in the making! I’ll be heading to see The Incredibles 2 after work! Can’t wait for this hugely anticipated sequel! Honestly, I hope it’s great!
I still remember seeing the original Incredibles in theaters. Great film! One of Pixar’s best, but you already knew that. I mostly just wanted to celebrate The Incredibles 2 on this nice Friday, and Honest Trailers is always good for a post!
I’m still going to see Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2 opening weekend. There’s no doubt or hesitation. But the new trailer released today kind of…I dunno…annoyed me?
See for yourself:
So yeah, the only search result for a website that is “really intense” and “super nuts” is Disney’s own website? And then the trailer just becomes Ralph and Vanellope hanging out with Disney characters and making really obvious Disney Princess jokes?
Does the movie Wreck-It Ralph not exist in this universe? All these Disney characters can exist on the Internet, but but Wreck-It Ralph doesn’t exist as a movie?
I dunno. The trailer just bugged me. It was all self-referential Disney nonsense.
And I get the joke poking fun at itself for the movie name…but it still went with the wrong movie name. “Break the Internet” is not a famous enough phrase to not use “Ralph Wrecks the Internet”, no matter how “kewl” the blue lady was designed to be.
My dream of an Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe is dead. Probably.
I had such high hopes. And it made so much sense in my mind. The dream was a crystal clear vision of a bunch of interlocking Disney cartoon shows from my youth, a vast tapestry of fan favorite characters and shows intermingling in the new DuckTales to all our glorious benefit.
In today’s age of epic cartoon mythologies and reveals, I thought for sure the creative minds behind DuckTales were really going to do what they were teasing.
But no. They’re not. The Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe is dead before it even began.
They have squandered Darkwing Dark. And I’m sure that’s only the beginning.
That is a screenshot from last Friday’s new episode of DuckTales. Darkwing had been promised for the show and anticipation was high. Friday’s episode was the promised introduction of Gizmoduck, a personal favorite, and the episode was fine (not really, I didn’t care for it). But nobody expected the episode to kick-off with an extended sequence of Darkwing Duck taking on some of his classic foes, Crackerjack, Megavolt and Liquidator!
Join me after the jump for why the arrival of Darkwing Duck in the new DuckTales cartoon has killed the dream.
We are on the verge of greatness, people. Nothing has been absolutely confirmed so far, but a new commercial for the DuckTales cartoon has a snippet of awesomeness hidden inside. You can spot it at the 51 second mark.
Did you see? It was right there!
Don freakin’ Karnage! One of the villains from TaleSpin! With an appearance in the new DuckTales cartoon! How cool is that? My dreams of an Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe just took a huge step forward!
What is the Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe, you ask? It’s quite simple! With the success of the new DuckTales reboot cartoon, it seems that the creators might combine all of the classic 80s/90s-era Disney cartoons that I loved so much as a child. DuckTales! TaleSpin! Goof Troop! Darkwing Dark! Maybe even Chip’n Dale Rescue Rangers!
I’m gonna need a better name than Expanded Disney Cartoon Universe, though. It doesn’t really roll off the tongue. The Disneyverse? Disney Cartoon Universe? The DuckVerse? DuckSpin?
I’ll work on it.