It’s not as catchy a title, but “The Incredibles” is more like “The Really Goods.”

Faster and louder than other computer-animated movies from Pixar (“Finding Nemo,” “Toy Story”), “The Incredibles” takes its inspiration from the “I” in its logo, which is an upside-down exclamation point. “The Incredibles” is more action-packed than other Pixar movies (if it’s similar to any movie, it’s the first “Spy Kids”), less dependent on real-world emotions and more interested in seeing how much derring-do can be crammed into one film.

“No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy,” says Mr. Incredible (voiced by Craig T. Nelson). It’s the Cold War era, and he has retired from superheroing. But when a fresh crisis, coupled with boredom at his desk job, pops up, he returns to fighting evil, followed closely by his wife, Elastigirl (Holly Hunter), and their superpower-gifted kids.

Like all the Pixar movies, “The Incredibles” is a looker. It has lots of fun with the time in which it’s set, with snazzily rendered cars; sleek, midcentury furniture; and curvy Russell Wright pottery, plus black-and-white TV “footage” that’s scratched and faded to look like it’s from the “I Love Lucy” era instead of the “I (Heart) Huckabees” era. Because we’re aware that everything we see was created from scratch, we’re dazzled by simple things – how those Pixar wizards make light play across Mr. I’s spandex costume, the sweetly accurate lines of a plastic laundry basket, the fluid look (and psychological acuity) of a teenage girl so shy she hides behind her hair.

The inventiveness in “Incredibles” peaks in a clever scene in which Elastigirl, trapped in an automated sliding door, demonstrates the pros/cons of being bendy/stretchy. As Elastigirl, Hunter’s voice work is impeccable, and Samuel L. Jackson is a hoot as a superhero named Frozone. Plus, there’s a sweet little message about being different, which Elastigirl sums up when she tells her timid daughter, Violet, “You have more power than you realize.”

So, as much as I like it, why did “Incredibles” occasionally make me feel like Complainio? It’s little stuff: The movie is episodic, it has more of a situation than a plot and it’s so action-packed it occasionally seems like it forgot to pack the characters. But mainly, it’s because Pixar’s sterling output has raised the bar very high and, by that standard, “Incredibles” is good, not great.



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