The Incredibles Is Disney's Watchmen
The Beloved Family Film:
Pixar's The Incredibles is one of their more mature attempts to hold dominion over the souls of the world's children. A surprisingly dark and violent film (with multiple on-screen deaths), it works for kids because it's an exciting, fast-paced action-adventure, and it works for adults because it shows viewers that even superheroes can lead crappy lives full of regrets and mistakes. Somehow, this animated superhero movie still manages to take on subjects like the obligations that come with talent and power and how unfulfilled potential can lead to midlife ennui.
And comfort pie.
That's heavy shit. It's almost like there's some other, grittier source material it's drawing from ...
The Original It Shamelessly Copied:
The Incredibles shares more than just a premise with the graphic novel Watchmen, which later became a movie itself, albeit one that replaces the source material's Reagan-era malaise with emo hissy fits. As pointed out by Baltimore Sun writer Michael Sragow, both stories concern a world where superheroes exist but have been forced to retire after the American government outlaws their work for political reasons (apparently Canada and Mexico don't have any crime worth fighting).
Both movies feature a pathetic hero who feels emasculated in retirement -- Nite Owl in Watchmen, Mr. Incredible in The Incredibles. They're getting old, they're getting fat, and they're disillusioned by their mundane lives. Thankfully, Pixar spares us a scene where Mr. Incredible can't get it up.
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Unless you watch the deleted scenes.
Both superheroes are drawn out of retirement to investigate the disappearances of other retired superheroes. They eventually discover that the murderers are exceptionally intelligent supervillains with no actual powers. There's Ozymandias in Watchmen and Syndrome in The Incredibles -- both once wanted to be superheroes, and even as villains they believe they're serving the greater good. Also, they both have dumb hair.
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"New Wave Douche" and "Troll Swirly," respectively.