The sapphire seas of Melemele Island swam into view as the cruise ship sailed in. On the pier, hula dancers in Hawaiian garb greeted and graced the disembarking travellers with swaying grass skirts, twanging ukuleles and bright flower leis. Dartmouth and Jollimore stepped out into the cerulean skies, azure ocean, golden sands and tawny sun.
Name: The Incredibles 2
Directed By: Brad Bird
Starring: Craig T. Nelson, Holly Hunter, Sarah Vowell
My Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐
Sequel to The Incredibles (2004). Having gone into retirement and living at a new home away from their action-packed lives as superheroes, the Incredible family is dragged back out of hiding to save the world from more villains.
Pixar seems to be a rare proprietor of the successful sequel; Toy Story 2 and Finding Dory come to mind. Now they follow up their superhero caper, The Incredibles, with a sequel that’s been 14 years in the making…
Picking up right where the first film ended, the movie once again follows the Incredible family of superheroes – Mr. Incredible with his super-strength, Elastigirl with her stretchy body and limbs, Dash with his super-speed, Violet with her forcefields and invisibility, and baby Jack-Jack… with some new powers of his own.
In an era of feminism and the #MeToo anti-sexual harassment movement, Elastigirl – real name Helen Parr – is the hero (or heroine) of the sequel, flying high (quite literally) at her new job. Mr. Incredible – or Robert Parr – shows off the ‘new man’ phenomenon in her absence, helping the kids with their homework, personal matters and Jack-Jack finding his powers. Fan favourite Frozone – AKA Uncle Lucius – also makes an ice-cool return, as do some new superheroes… one with a rather unusual superpower.
The ending – without spoiling too much – leaves open the possibility for an entire Incredible trilogy, something previously achieved with Toy Story and Cars. Pixar never rushes their sequels unlike others, however, so it could be another few years before we see an Incredibles 3.
If there is going to be one… it’ll be the perfect finish to an ‘incredible’ trilogy!
The Incredibles 2 contains several scenes of flashing strobe lights which may be unsuitable for viewers with epilepsy.
You’re invited… to the wedding of the year!
But I’m not talking about Harry and Megan. 😉
Last year was Canada’s 150th year of independence, a huge milestone in its life. While this year is a little more muted, there will nevertheless be a patriotic, shining sea of red and white washing across the country as it celebrates its 151st birthday.
Following a similar theme to last year, I again used some of the main characters of Canadian Boys in this proud display of Canadianness. To be more precise – from left to right – Vancouver, Victoria, Ottawa, Toronto and Regina.
Everyone is attached to the Canadian flag in some way or another – most are carrying the flag, but Regina is wearing something slightly different from her usual garb. She’s dressed out in the colours of the flag, complete with white maple leaves (since if they were red, they would blend in and not be easily noticeable). Since Toronto is a singer, I made it appear as if he is singing the national anthem, with his hand – and flag – on his heart.
You may have noticed that the characters look slightly different to how I’ve drawn them in the past, with altered designs and differing skin tones. This is part of an initiative to diversify my characters and art more, in order to not make them all look samey and look like they were drawn by a conveyor belt rather than by a human. It’s also a great way to show off Canada’s wonderful diversity that makes it a great country to visit and live in.
Happy Canada Day! 🇨🇦