Thank you to Disney*Pixar for sending me to San Fransisco to cover this Incredible event!
If you haven’t seen Incredibles 2 yet, you might want to turn around now, read my review, go see the movie, THEN come back and read this part. Not that there are a ton of spoilers here, but learning about Jack-Jack’s new powers during the movie is so magical.
I had the opportunity to preview the Jack-Jack v. Raccoon clip at D23 Expo last summer and it had me rolling. It’s exactly where you find out how extraordinary the little tot is. Most Supers have one or two powers.
Jack-Jack has a whopping seventeen.
While visiting San Fransisco, we had the opportunity to meet up with Jack Johnston (Effects Technical Assistant at Pixar), Bill Watral (Effects Supervisor), & Tony Fucile (Supervising Animator) to talk about all of the major work that went into creating Jack-Jack Parr and his powers.
We saw at least 25 tests of Jack-Jack’s fire, goo, and other powers.
They were adamant that Jack-Jack should not ever look like he was ON fire, but that he was the source of the fire. His goo baby power needed to be solid enough that he could support himself, but soft enough to be resilient.
Some of the fire tests were absolutely terrifying and I hope they are able to reuse that footage in a horror film. The creators didn’t want there to be smoke or embers, and they wanted to stay away from scary. The team turned to items that create fire rather such as Charcoal starter briquettes to see how they burn as an example of how Jack-Jack would look when he creates fire.
They wanted the flame filter to be strong enough that you could tell what it was, but weak enough to show that Jack-Jack had obvious facial expressions while he is using this power.
My favorite Jack-Jack super power is his ability to shoot lasers out of his eyes. The Parr family finds a fun way to use this power in the movie that winds up helping to save the day!
The audience of “Incredibles 2” finds out before the family does that Jack-Jack has powers. Helen Parr doesn’t even find out until much later in the film because of her important new role as Elastigirl.
Watching them all come out and seeing how Bob Parr has to deal with them is one of the highlights of the movie. Let’s be honest, being a parent to a toddler is hard enough. Add in the ability to go through solid surfaces, and you’ve got a recipe for . . . fun? Disaster? Exhaustion? All of the above?