During our #Incredibles2Event, we attended a presentation from Supervising Animator Tony Fucile, Effects Supervisor Bill Watral and Effects Artist Jason Johnston all about how they created Jack-Jack’s new powers. It was very aptly titled “YOU…HAVE…POWERS!!”. By now I am sure many of you have seen the film and if you havent then you have seen the previews, Jack-Jack has new powers and LOTS of them. Its a bit of a surprise for the rest of the family because they had no idea he had any. They didn’t know about the events with the babysitter that we all got to see in the short at the end of Incredibles.
Jason Johnston, who is the Effects Technical Assistant at Pixar, showed us all the steps that he took to create this new fire look of Jack-Jack’s. It was really tricky because if they did it wrong, he could look like a devil baby which they showed us and it looked creepy.
They didnt want to scare kids by making him look creepy or demon like so they wanted to make him be the source of the fire, like the fire is coming from him but you can still see his whole outline.
Another issue they had was the goo baby which is such a cool power but it almost didnt make it because of the fact they couldnt get the goo effect down. It was wanted in the first film but technical advances werent ready for it yet. Eventually he had to pass that effect off to the animation department and they did it amazingly.
The noises/voice you hear Jack-Jack make in both films is actual recordings of Tony Fucile’s one year old son, who is now sixteen.He and his wife followed him around one day after his nap to get all of his silly sounds on tape for the studio to use. It worked out so well, that he now wishes he would have recorded even more. I wish I could have recorded my kids like that because I would be ohh and ahhhing over them to this day like we all do the adorable Jack-Jack. He was also kept chubby and rounded for this film and actually worked with real babies to get the effects right.
I don’t have a full list of his powers since I wasnt able to see the film this weekend due to being at the hospital with my grandmother but I did see a lot of them in the raccoon fight we were shown at our presentation. Bursting into flames, Laser vision, Levitation, Multiplication, Phasing through closed doors and walls, Projecting bolts of electricity, Teleportation to another realm, and Turning into a demon baby. What power do you want to see more of?
You can find out more about my tour of Pixar and then look at my posts showing how animation, costume design, and more worked for this movie below.
You should also check out my Incredibles Putty Recipe – A Silly Putty Recipe for Kids!
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