It’s been 14 years since Disney Pixar released The Incredibles, and four years since they announced that a sequel was in the works. While The Incredibles 2 won’t be out until summer, they’ve FINALLY released a sneak peek—and we are loving every single second of it.
Throughout the new trailer, we learn that a large corporation called DevTech wants to bring supers back into the world and out of hiding. But unlike the first movie, it’s the mom Helen—a.k.a. Elastigirl—who gets called upon to fight villains and lead the corporation’s campaign, leaving her husband Bob to take care of their three kids Violet, Dash and baby Jack Jack. That’s right, Mr. Incredible is now a stay-at-home dad. #representationmatters
We think this a great forward-thinking twist to the traditional Hollywood idea of the nuclear family, and we love that when it comes to portraying the struggles of being a stay-at-home parent, this trailer does not hold back. AT. ALL.
Between helping Dash with Common Core math homework and dealing with Jack Jack’s temper tantrums over a cookie (made worse by the baby’s multiple random superpowers), Mr. Incredible is really put through the wringer in this one. Even if you aren’t a stay-at-home parent taking care of a superpowered baby, this trailer will definitely have you nodding your head sympathetically and thinking, “Yep, totally been there.”
You can watch the trailer in its entirety below:
Brilliant, right? Keep in mind though, this is just a sneak peek, so who knows what other horrors this poor dad will have to deal with. One particular sentiment we absolutely love is what a visibly over-tired Bob tells his super friend Frozone about wanting to be a good SAH dad: “I’ve got to succeed so she can succeed!” In a world that usually expects mothers to give up their individual passions for the sake of her family, it’s refreshing to see Disney let the dad handle the family while mom goes out and kicks butt.
Here’s hoping Bob can figure out the whole parenting thing without Helen being forced to come back and fix whatever mess he made—we aren’t here for more movies about doofus dads. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens this summer when the movie is finally released. Till then we’ll have Edna Mode’s voice ringing in our ears as our new mantra: “Done properly, parenting is a heroic act. DONE PROPERLY.”
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