Concept art by Dean Kelly. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Since I went on my #Incredibles2Event last month I have learned to not take animated movies for granted. They are so complex and have so many different facets to them! Every single detail of every single is created and so many hours go into those details. In Incredibles 2, the animators had to create an entire world and populate it with people, buildings, shrubs, skylines, even the take out boxes and more. They had to create everything and we got to go behind the scenes (hahaha) to see how they do it.

An Incredibles 2 art review, including Joshua Holtsclaw and Ralph Eggleston, as seen on June 22, 2017 at Pixar Animation Studios in Emeryville, Calif. (Photo by Deborah Coleman / Pixar)

They already had the characters since the movie starts just minutes after Incredibles ended but with new animation techniques and programs, they had to recreate everything else and even update our favorite family. The aesthetic of Incredibles 2 was pushed slightly forward to 1960’s. I already showed you how they designed the clothing and hairstyles of the characters in my NO CAPES! post.

Progression Image 1 of 5: Story – This storyboard was drawn by story artist Bobby Rubio for the sequence called “Stop the Tunneler.” Storyboards are drawn by story artists in order to pre-visualize the film as the script is being written. They are placed side-by-side in sequence by the editorial team, to convey the pace of scenes and deliver a rough sense of how the story unfolds. This storyboard is one of approximately 410 boards delivered to editorial for this particular sequence. In total, 52,725 storyboards were delivered for the entire film. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

First the story is sketched out on a storyboard. It has to be drawn up and approved. They do this to visualize the story and show how it will progress.

Progression Image 2 of 5: Art – Once the storyline for a sequence is determined, concept art is created by the production designer and art department to determine the look and feel of the film. This concept art piece was created by production designer Ralph Eggleston, and showcases the exploration of color and design for the characters and new environments. In the first film, “The Incredibles,” bold colors were used to establish a visual language for the film, and the art team wanted to make sure this style was consistent in “Incredibles 2.” ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

Then the concept art is drawn up. We spoke with Production Designer Ralph Eggleston and he showed up how the art and colors are shown to create the scene. Like bright colors for intense scenes and darker colors for scary scenes. Or light, airy colors for happy scenes. You would not believe how much thought goes into setting the mood for the viewer.

Progression Image 3 of 5: Sets and Layout – Using art reference for guidance, technical artists build basic forms and shapes of the sets and characters in the computer during a process called “Modeling.” “Shading” comes next, during which technical artists use a combination of painting and programming to apply textures, colors, patterns and other material properties to give the sets complexity and appeal. This image also shows the phase known as “Layout,” in which a virtual camera is placed into a shot. The characters are “staged” or placed into positions within the built set that work visually with the chosen camera angle. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
Animation – When Layout is complete, the characters are brought to life by the Animation department. Animators often use video reference of themselves or the voice actors to inform mouth shape or expressions, as well as overall movement of the characters. On average, it takes 4-6 weeks to animate a shot, but because the composition of the characters in this shot was so complex, it took the Animation department 8 weeks to complete. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

After layout is done then they animate. That can take another 4-6 weeks per shot but sometimes more depending on complexity. And these scenes can get really complex especially the action scenes.

Progression Image 5 of 5: Lighting, Effects and Final Image – The Lighting department helps to integrate all of the elements – characters, sets, effects, etc. – into a final, fully visually realized image. The Lighting process involves placing virtual light sources into the scene to illuminate the characters and the set. Technical artists place the lights to draw the audience’s eye to story points and to create a specific mood. The lit images are then rendered at high resolution. 24 lit images, each over 2 million pixels, are created for each one second of the movie.
All the natural phenomena seen in this final image, such as the dust, smoke, and glow of Violet’s orb, were brought to life by the Effects department. Effects artists create these elements using complex simulation software that models the physics of how certain materials move. These Effects elements provide a believable and tangible sense of interaction between the characters and their rich, realistic world, which also helps to reinforce the emotional stakes for the audience. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.
During Anatomy of an Action Scene where we had a presentation from Story Supervisor Ted Mathot, Layout Supervisor Mahyar Abousaeedi, Animator Kureha Yokoo and Effects Artist Amit Baadkar – We listened to this incredible team explain the breakdown of an action scene from INCREDIBLES 2 and then they talked about how it all comes together in the final film. We watched an exciting runaway train scene staring Helen (Elastigirl). We found out that it’s so hard to do action scenes.

Concept art by Dean Kelly. ©2018 Disney•Pixar. All Rights Reserved.

They had to decide how much sparks to use, how much of an explosion, how much flames, what color should the flames be. So many questions. So many different details that had to be figured out. And they wanted to make sure that these supers aren’t just absolutely super. They are still human. So they had to show that Helen(Elastigirl) would still make mistakes and slide and possibly miss her landings. And her hair would need to be all over the place. So many minute things that people dont think about but animators have to really play attention to.

Honestly if you have never considered a career in animation then you should. They have such an exciting time and they had a great time working on this film.


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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 superpowers 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.

Author: Kat

Kat is a married mom of three kids aged 19, 11, and 8 that lives close to Birmingham, AL. She loves cats, books, cooking, hockey, and watching movies. She is an admitted nerd, comic book lover, action figure & barbie doll collector, blackjack dealer, beginner croupier, and all around queen of the dorks. You can reach her at [email protected] to talk about product reviews, press trips, sponsorships, or brand messaging.

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