Jack-Jack Has More Powers Than We Can Count
Incredibles 2 opened in theaters this weekend, and families all over celebrated over Father’s Day weekend with taking their kids to see the movie. We’re preparing for our sensory-friendly screening this week and we can’t wait. During my trip to Pixar Studios, we chatted with Supervising Animator Tony Fucile, Effects Supervisor Bill Watral and Effects Artist Jason Johnston about Jack-Jack’s powers. At the time of our interview, we had only seen the infamous raccoon scene of the film where we get a dose of the baby’s superpowers.
Jack-Jack face off with the raccoon is one of the funniest things I’ve seen. The animators at Pixar added his determination and his extensive list of powers to showcase how this brave baby was determined not to give in. It reminded me a lot of my own children. Once they have their mind set on something it’s almost impossible to get them to change it.
Turning Jack-Jack Into A Fireball
One of the most challenging things the animators faced was turning Jack Jack into a fireball. They wanted to make sure it looked realistic but also not scary for children. In the original film, the baby looked like he was on fire and the goal this time was to make him to the source of the fire instead. There were no smoke or ambers coming off of Jack-Jack when he’s on fire, in the new film you can see the baby’s emotions and full outline when he’s on fire.
You can see from the concept art to the actual film still how they made the fire look like Jack Jack is creating it instead of him looking like he was on fire himself.
Jack-Jack’s Original Voice
Tony Fucile shared a fun fact with us during his presentation. His son was the original voice forJack-Jack. When his son was a baby he went to work talking about all the weird noises and sounds he was making. Brad send Tony home with a boom mike and recorder to capture some of the sounds for the baby. He followed him around for almost two hours capturing his laughs, coos, and other baby sounds, and that’s what they used for the baby’s voice in the original film.
What Are Jack-Jack’s Powers
I don’t know exactly how many powers baby Jack-Jack has shown since I haven’t seen the film but here are a few of the ones I have seen so far.
- Bursting into flames/pyrokinesis
- Laser vision
- Levitation and the ability to hang out on the ceiling and walls
- Multiplication – splitting into multiple Jack-Jacks
- Phasing – moving through closed doors
- Projecting bolts of electricity
- Transforming into heavy metal
- Turning into a demon baby
Jack-Jack Gets Updated Look
In addition to his superpowers overload, the baby of the Parr family got a makeover with a new look. The toddler’s makeover includes a chubbier face and body, with added articulation in his face since he’s more expressive in the film. The baby also has two bottom teeth, which he didn’t have in the first film. Be sure to look out for the subtle changes they made with Jack-Jack to show that’s he’s slowly growing just like a regular baby his age would be, except for the superpowers.
In INCREDIBLES 2, Helen (voice of Holly Hunter) is called on to lead a campaign to bring Supers back, while Bob (voice of Craig T. Nelson) navigates the day-to-day heroics of “normal” life at home with Violet (voice of Sarah Vowell), Dash (voice of Huck Milner) and baby Jack-Jack—whose super powers are about to be discovered. Their mission is derailed, however, when a new villain emerges with a brilliant and dangerous plot that threatens everything. But the Parrs don’t shy away from a challenge, especially with Frozone (voice of Samuel L. Jackson) by their side. That’s what makes this family so Incredible.
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